Building a New Vision
Pain is a great motivator. If you hurt badly enough, you'll seek relief.
You're no stranger to the pain that has prodded you to seek relief in
alcohol, other drugs, or compulsive behavior - the pain that comes from
fear of the world, from feeling isolated, and from not believing you're
good enough. Not that you're always conscious of that pain; in fact, chances
are that for a long time you haven't been too conscious of it because
your reflex action to escape this pain has become so sharp. By repeating
escape behavior often enough, you become like Pavlov's dogs. Reaching
for a drink, another drug, food, work, or sex becomes as natural as breathing.
Whoosh and you're out of yourself, out of what you hope will be any possibility
of physical or emotional discomfort.
But perhaps the worst disappointment comes from realizing you're not
who you want to be. The dreams you may once have had for yourself seem
to have been crushed. The dreams of doing something you wanted to do,
of being with someone you love and who loves you, of having a family -
a look in the mirror tells you you aren't anywhere near attaining them.
Looking into the mirror stabs you with a kind of panic: What happened
Step Zero: what to do when you can't fake it anymore is a helpful manual to getting to recovery. The authors support the 12 step programs that AA and NA base their recovery on.. Chapters include Creating Clarity, Taking Action and Ten Questions and Answers about recovery .Find a meeting.
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