Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you. Joshua 3:5
I found this definition of addiction, “Addiction exists when the repeated use of a mood altering substance or behavior (of any kind) has created a dependency on itself so intense that the person doing the behavior cannot find the will-power to quit, even when the behavior is causing serious damage to one’s relationships, health, employment, and personal sense of serenity and spirituality.” If you find yourself living this definition then I hope this site will help you find tools and support to recover in a lasting and sincere way.
As I have gone through my own recovery work I have found the key steps that we must go through for true, LASTING recovery. There are many variations of these truths yet they are all similar. The specific addiction does not matter either. The list below is the basic path you must take. When you want to find out more about each step, click the links.
- Admit you have a problem.
- Share with someone you trust the challenge you are facing. Bring the issue to the light. No more hiding!
- Learn to connect to God, yourself and others instead of the addiction.
- Seek help from a competent source.
- Learn what causes addiction and learn to tools to move through it.
- Dig into the source of your addiction. What are you medicating, avoiding or denying?
- Take accountability for your part and only your part.
- Make amends as needed. Repent where necessary. Forgive where needed (I know how hard this can be, yet it is a VITAL step).
- Get a sponsor and make a plan to stay in recovery. Find someone you can be accountable to on a consistent basis.
- Be honest, accountable and responsible for the rest of your life. When you mess up (and you will), repent and repeat the steps.