gunA pretty common mistake that addicts make as they begin recovery is underestimating the fight they are in. They often don’t realize the hold that their addiction has on them.

I often talk about the blindness addicts have to their addiction. As Dr Robert Larson has said,  The patient does not know that they are ill. They have no real concept of how severe the situation is and the are frequently not willing to talk about it at all. That of course, makes recovery pretty difficult. The addict thinks he has a cold and takes some nyquil and goes to bed expecting to be recovered in the morning.   The reality is, he has life threatening pneumonia and needs intensive medical attention.  But being blind, he just takes the nyquil.  That doesn’t help much.

This is often the greatest fight of our lives.  It will demand everything we have to recover.  Putting a band-aid on a spurting artery isn’t going to help much.

Unfortunately many addicts not only don’t realize the magnitude of the battle they are in, they often procrastinate doing anything about it.  Spouses often get worn out by the addictive behaviors, irresponsibility and chaos.  Their goodwill is exhausted about the time the addict realizes he needs to do something.  Then the addict struggles with the feeling that there is a lack of support from the spouse.   Well, yea dude, you burned through all of their support when you ignored doing something about the problem.

Recovery is a heck of a battle, get ready for that and begin doing the work necessary to find healing.

Blessings, roger.