“Half measures have availed us nothing,” to quote a famous line from AA’s “Big Book.” I have found this to be true in my recovery. When I’ve come up short because certain elements were missing or half-heartedly done, my sobriety has frequently collapsed. Does everyone need to do the same things in order to have success? No, because all of us are different and we have different levels of addiction.
The following describes four components that I’ve found essential for my recovery. Far from being an expert on addiction, all I have to share with you is my “experience, strength, and hope.”
- Confession and Repentance
- Ongoing Accountability
- Professional Counsel
- Support Groups
In future posts, I will share my perspectives on each of these four components. Until then, you might want to take inventory of your life. Which elements are missing? Which have proven effective or ineffective in themselves?