“We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell
When a person is honest with themselves and others and is willing to thoroughly work a program of recovery, there is no stopping how happy their lives can become. Our experience shows that the more willing we are to try a new way of living, the more we obtain. We learn new things when we are willing, we stress less when we are willing, and we see life differently when we are willing to do so. We see how our willingness is so much more than just being willing to work a program of recovery; it’s being willing to live life for the first time without the use of drugs or alcohol to obtain happiness.
Seeking Help For Weaknesses Takes Great Strength
Anyone who has said that recovery is for the weak has never truly tried to attempt it. Recovery is not for quitters or weaklings. It takes great courage to give up drinking and drugging for an alcoholic or addict. It takes strength to live this way of life. Those of us who have faced death know that willingness is the key rather than our own will power. We saw how our will power was just another form of managing our life and another form of selfish living. Our will power drove our every action in active alcoholism and addiction. It was our will power that actually kept us from living a life of recovery. It was only when we let go of our will, let go of our perception of how things are, and became willing to try something new that we were free.
Being willing, honest, and open-minded does not mean we are weak; it means we are strong enough to go against the grain and rise above the pain and suffering of addiction. Those who think recovery is a joke or that they have all the time in the world, may want to ask those who have suffered long and hard in addiction. There is hope for those who are suffering in addiction and those who are even suffering clean and sober with life. Be willing to try something new, be willing to listen to others, and be willing to really live a program of recovery. You may be amazed at how much your life will change. We don’t just think this; we know it because it’s our experience.
Written By: Watershed Ashling