What is Addiction?
Most people may incorrectly equate an addict and addiction with someone who has a total loss of a connection with reality and or a total abandonment of any normalcy or balance in life. Addiction presents itself in many different degrees of dysfunction and not all are so clearly noticeable. Addiction is on a continuum. In brief, addiction is any repeated desire and/or behavior that cause unmanageability or disharmony.
Who’s an Addict?
Potentially, anyone and everyone. We all have desires; it is part of our survival instincts. The basic key in the determination of addiction is ’has my desire(s) and or behavior(s) caused my life to become unmanageable (created disharmony)’? Do I/will I experience spiritual physical and emotional health risks?
What is Recovery?
The typical definition of recovery refers to when someone returns to a state of being that is equal to his (previously) deficient state of being. This definition lends itself primarily to recovery from a physical ailment. Good Addiction recovery will benefit a person both physically and spiritually. The idea of recovery is to be a better person than you were before. Early recovery (depending) may focus on a person’s physical state, but a good and complete long term recovery program must also include a strong spiritual component.
Clean and Sober?
‘Clean and sober’ is a common phrase associated with addiction recovery. Clean refers to a physical state of abstinence from drugs, alcohol or behaviors. Sobriety, as is recovery, is on a continuum. Sobriety refers to the continual elevation of clarity and is achieved through the cultivation of a spiritual and intellectual connection. This is key to a holistic recovery program of body, mind and soul. This is key to everyone actualizing their potential.