The Chance to Change Your Life
Your addiction has given you the opportunity to change your life!
Changing your life is what makes recovery both difficult and rewarding. The difficult part is all change is difficult, even good change. It is rewarding because you get the chance to be someone you always wanted to be. Since most people coast through life, they don’t think about who they are or what they want to be. They wake up one day and wonder why they aren’t happy. If you use the recovery opportunity for change, you’ll look back and think of your addiction as one of the best things that ever happened to you. That’s why people in recovery often describe themselves as grateful addicts. Recovery helps us find an inner peace and tranquility that most people crave.
An addiction requires lying. We lie about getting our drugs, using it, hiding it or the countless consequences. An addiction is full of lying. We become so good at lying that we wouldn’t know the truth if it jumped up and bit us in the face. Ultimately, we end up lying to ourselves and it becomes the trap that confines us in our addiction.
Nothing changes, if nothing changes.
Ask yourself this: will more lying, more isolating and more of the same make you feel better? Probably not and the old expression from the rooms is “nothing changes if nothing changes”. Recovery requires complete honesty. You must be 100% honest with your family, doctor, therapist and your support network. Without honesty, recovery will be short lived and likely not work for you. However, if you have willingness to change and the capacity to be honest then you are ready to take certain steps (as they say). This is a skill that needs to be practiced, but once comfortable will propel you into a life full of hope, promise and happiness.