Recovery is more than abstinence.  It is preparing yourself to face the challenges you once were able to avoid using your chosen substance or activity.

Go beyond abstinence.  Move toward the realization of self as a formidable force of reason, understanding, and calm and use it to live authoritatively a reality of uncertainty and strife.

First, understand that an addiction did not cause you to lose control of your life.

You are addicted because you did not have full control.

Therefore, it is important to get that full control even if you have successfully stopped the habit – or you might be left where you were mentally, still vulnerable to losing control and reverting to the same or new unhealthy options.

Full control over yourself and your feelings is not automatic.  It is learned and developed.  Without it, there will always be a struggle, a struggle for control because

You may not have been taught completely to develop it in all areas of life

You may have been taught to perfect your control only in specialized areas

You were provided the reprieve through privilege or forbearance.

Full control, however, can be developed anytime.  It is based, not on knowing, but in knowing how to know – as conditions change.

It needs education in the power of self and the capricious unpredictability of reality, an exercise that can be done while you live within the space you occupy and must learn to manage in order to succeed, or at the least, survive.

If , therefore, you have just recovered from an addiction, are still recovering, or planning to go through a recovery process, please bear in mind that abstinence without strengthening the power within you cannot be sustained.

et us take you through that final step.

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