– Joshua David
As a former addict, I’ve learned the hard way that the pathway to true recovery requires infinitely more than white knuckle abstinence and measuring days of sobriety.
FIRST, I had to be willing to replace my old, limited understanding of my addictions by proactively seeking out and embracing higher truth. I learned that my path to freedom was not a fight to hide or cover the darkness but rather a lifelong commitment to accept it, reveal it, and expose it to the light. My first real step toward true recovery was fully accepting that freedom is not a destination of invulnerability, but a journey of absolute vulnerability. My addictions were merely unhealthy bonds and patterns that I was creating in order to manage my pain and cope with my chosen reality. It was time to face my pain, form new patterns and create a more empowering reality. With an understanding of the true nature of addiction, I began the path to real recovery and freedom by not merely disconnecting from all my dependencies but by creating even stronger connections to healthy and wholesome sources of strength, power, and truth.
The Light of true recovery finally shattered the darkness and filled my life with Power when I turned my attention and energy away from measuring double negatives (aka sobriety, quitting the bad, removing the unwanted, etc) and started focusing ALL MY ENERGY on creating positive connections and healthy relationships (with myself, with my body and spirit, with others, and with God). With this empowering higher perspective, mastering my body and using my strength to experience a new reality has become more than just a pastime, it’s a lifeline. I now use my strength to expose my weaknesses, not to hide them. I use my body to feel my pain, not to numb it.
What are you doing in your life to create vulnerability and healthy connections?