Addiction Recovery is a process

Addiction Recovery is a process

Addiction Recovery is a process, not an event. It works if you work it.

Linda recalls her story of the Addiction Recovery is a process through the 12 steps much like this. “When I started going to N.A. after five months of living drug-free, the obsession was lifted from me and a burning desire was given to me to stop using. I would look at myself in the mirror and say out loud, “You are a drug addict.” Between my first and second year, I was able to admit to my innermost self that all pills, not just a select group, were a problem for me. The first half of the First Step is the only part of the Twelve Steps I can work perfectly a day at a time. Today a free gift has been given to me that I am powerless over all mind-altering drugs. 

For years, my addiction to prescription medication, my pills, were a power greater than myself. I took them for the effect that they produced. Today, because of the grace of God, I have been restored to sanity. The insanity of the Second Step is the thinking that precedes the first fix, pill or drink. My life is made up of daily situations which, if I want to live a life of peace and serenity, I turn over to the care of God as I understand Him. Being willing to do this has made my life more manageable, for I am letting go of my own self will run riot. Turning things over to a Higher Power who cares helps me with my faith and trust that there is a divine plan for my life. There is an acceptable place for me in society and the program. I have taken this step with another human being. 

When I wrote my inventory, it was suggested that I write about my anger, fear and guilt. I wrote it as an autobiography, starting as far back as I could remember, before I started school as a child, up to the time when I came off my addiction to prescription medication. I named the names of the people I resented, remembering I was taking my own inventory and not that of others. The Fifth Step I took with my first sponsor. With her I shared the dark side of my life and, eventually, relief and freedom have come into my life. My understanding is that if I share the wrongs I have done then the good spiritual feelings will automatically become a part of my life. 

The Sixth Step Linda learned about at her luxury rehab centre in South Africa reminds me to become entirely ready to become honest, open-minded and willing to have my defects of character removed. I listed my defects in the inventory I wrote down, and in time more have been revealed to me a day at a time. Through working the Twelve Steps, the obsession and compulsion to use will be removed. Having my shortcomings removed is a goal to strive for, for the rest of my days. It’s been shared that the Sixth and Seventh Steps are often the forgotten steps of the program. I ask each day to have my anger removed from my life. I made a list of the people that I had harmed and have made direct amends to them, including my children. Each day I don’t use, I am making amends in kind to my Higher Power, myself, and society. 

Today, I spot check myself when I’m off the spiritual beam and share my resentments with another human being so they will be cut in half. Each day, I say “please” in the morning and “thank you” at night. Through the hell of my addiction, it has been shared that those who sincerely say please won’t go back to using (if you don’t think of it in the morning, say it when you think of it.) When I heard this, I started making a business each day of saying “Please.” I read literature from both fellowships and go to step meetings to help me grow spiritually. 

My way of living before I embarked on my Addiction Recovery is a process at a drug rehab centre I was lost in addiction to prescription medication and after I became one didn’t work, so I have had to work the steps and try to practice them in my daily living so I can become useful and whole. Today, I’m grateful to be a part of the solution, rather than the problem. Our disease is mind altering, but so is our recovery and our Addiction Recovery is a process.

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