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Is Anyone Incapable of Recovery?

Recovering from addiction and alcoholism can seem like a daunting prospect. We have relied so heavily on substances that we often feel as though there is no possibility of us living a happy life of sobriety. While the journey of recovery can, at times, be difficult, it is possible for anyone to achieve and maintain sobriety as long as they are able to be honest, open-minded, and willing.

Recovery is possible no matter how deep we have fallen into addiction. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous explains, “Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves.” When we engage in a program of recovery, we must summon the courage to be as honest and open as possible if we are to receive effective help. Our honesty must not only be with others, but also with ourselves. The process of recovery requires spiritual growth and changing our behaviors, thoughts, attitudes, and motivations. Dishonesty was ubiquitous during our time in active addiction, and if we are to recover, we cannot allow ourselves to continue living lives of deceit.

The Big Book continues, “There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.” Many people enter into treatment with more than just addiction problem. They also suffer from mental health issues that have exacerbated their addiction. However, with proper and effective treatment, these problems are rarely significant enough to keep us from being able to recover.

Those who have experienced major consequences may feel that the severity of their problem has made recovery impossible. The truth, however, is quite opposite. The severity of our addiction and our negative experiences may actually work to make us more motivated to recover and help others. The Big Book states, “If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.” We can use our experiences with suffering and pain in active addiction to strengthen our own recovery by helping others. If we can summon the courage to be honest, open-minded, and willing to receive help, we will be well on our way to discovering a rewarding life of sobriety.

You can discover a life of happiness, joyousness, and freedom in sobriety. You can make the decision to seek help now and begin building a brighter future. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, is staffed with the highest quality behavior health and addictions specialist working together with spiritual guides and holistic experts to help you develop all the tools necessary to heal. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431