* Phase One is making a commitment to recovery, detoxification, and stabilizing one’s physical health.
* Phase Two involves making changes to achieve a lifestyle of recovery and repairing physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational damages caused by your addiction. The-Mind-of-the-Addict must change.
Just like you attain any other behavioral or attitudinal change.
Reflect back on you past experiences when you found some relief or satisfaction from a quiet moment, a sunset, or a rainbow’s hues, said God help me, revisit childhood beliefs, satisfactions.
It is there, you must find it for yourself. No one else can force your belief in your spiritual nature or in your existential, cognitive experiences. Often it is a feeling of how you really want to experience life.
“Make me an instrument of peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled,as to console; To be understood, as to understand; To be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive. It is in pardoning, that we are pardoned, And it is in dying we are born again.
Even The-Mind-of the-Addict knows that overcoming addiction of any kind is a personal battle.
You need a personal spirituality practice on your side, none of us have to be spiritual orphans.
A Personal Spirituality Practice is what YOU find inspiring, satisfying, and comforting. A formal religious orientation or a personal casual practice. The choice is yours alone. Find it.
Affirmations can be part of your Recovery’s personal practice. They help you practice healthy, honest thoughts and beliefs about your addictive situation. “No Pity Pots.”
The Addicted Self
Some useful affirmations you might try:
“I don’t have to lie about my addiction.”
“I will feel better physically without my addiction.”
“I can have better relationships without my addiction.”
“I have more self confidence without my addiction.”
“I can stay on my recovery plan, I am not going to use.”
“I can let go and trust a power greater than myself with my future.”