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Addiction is a disease—that is one of the first things you need to understand. This does NOT give anyone the right to behave badly or to hurt anyone, but it is important for you to know that while you have a disease, the disease does not have YOU.
Addiction is a disease—that is one of the first things you need to understand.  This does NOT give anyone the right to behave badly or to hurt anyone, but it is important for you to know that while you have a disease, the disease does not have YOU.  You have control, but you have to choose to USE that control.  Most people I have talked to feel that they had to reach “bottom”, wherever that happens to be for them, before they could begin to address their addictions. 

It’s also important to keep in mind, that while we usually talk about addictions to drugs or alcohol, you can be addicted to just about anything—anything such as food, tobacco, running, shopping, gambling—addiction is defined as “the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.” 

I have worked with alcoholics and addicts—and here are some of the things I have heard from people in recovery that they have learned.
  1. Wherever I go, EGO. Ego is the part of you that always wants to be right, to be better, to be successful.  The problem is that it is always there—and most often gets in the way of your health and happiness.  This is because the Ego is never quite satisfied—you are never good enough, smart enough or successful enough.  Using this phrase, reminds people to “let go” of their egos—which brings me to the next lesson.
  2. Let go and let God.  If you have a belief system with God, this means that you let your Higher Power take care of things.  If you don’t have a belief system, it usually is taken to mean to simply “let go”  As it says in the Serenity prayer “..accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference”.
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