You Have the Power to Make or Break Your Recovery

In case you haven’t heard, experts have concluded that addiction is, in fact, a chronic disease of the brain. The term addict should no longer have a negative connotation attached to it within our culture. But for some reason, it’s still a social taboo to recognize that addicts aren’t just immoral, faulty, or flawed characters, they’re humans with an ailment of the mind. Just like people with physical ailments, those with mental health issues are people too. Strong, moral, and imperfect humans, just like everyone else.

Even though addiction is a chronic brain disease, we can still usher our strength to use the power of will to make or break our own recoveries. Will power probably didn’t push you into a life of addiction but it can sure help you get out. When you ask the experts, who work in the addiction field, they’ll tell you one thing. You get out what you put into recovery, but you must be ready to do it.

Maybe you can’t overcome all aspects of addiction with the sheer power of will but you can do everything in your power to get your mind right and prepared to fight for your life on the battlefield of dependence. At the heart and center of all recovery is willingness – willingness to accept responsibility for your recovery, willingness to make difficult choices and decisions instead of falling back on old habits, and a willingness to keep going even if you falter. 

You have the power within you to be a little more open minded, to push a little further, to hang in there just a little longer and to fight just a little harder to relearn how to live life without your dependency. It’s always darkest before the dawn, remember that in your darkest hours and use your support system and your willpower to get you through. You’ll make it. 

Sack, D. “Does Will power Play a Role in Addiction Recovery?”. Psychology Today. (Website). November 2012

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  • Will power is great, but it's not everything. Recovery is a journey and it may take ten different avenues or resources to stay clean. But, it does take a desire to want to stay clean.... a willingness...absolutely!
  • This is a reminder that I am not using at this time, not out of desire, but, of financial necessity. 
    "...keeping one foot in front of the other is essential for maintaining our arrestment." Big Book, pg. 311
  • You have to keep taking steps in the right direction, no matter how small they are. Remember: Even baby steps will eventually get you to where you want to be. :)
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