Addiction Replacements - Recovered 1008
Release Date: 06/19/2019
We have taken the very difficult moral inventory and admitted to our wrongdoings to ourselves, our higher power and to another human being. It’s now time to remove those wrongdoings from our everyday lives and we need help to ensure that we completely remove our shortcomings and don’t continue to fall victim to any of addiction’s ill effects.info_outline Step 6 - Recovered 1109
The sixth step can bring about significant and very noticeable change when it comes to the thought patterns and behavior that have been with us for a long time. It doesn’t happen overnight obviously, and there is nothing like perfection when working the twelve steps of AA. It’s about making a commitment and being content with patient improvement.info_outline Step 5 - Recovered 1107
Step Four has prepared you for step five, and by finding the courage to overcome that fear of rejection or the shame of your inventory, you experience honesty on a deeper level than in your first step of admission, and you break the pattern of denial that often plagues those suffering with alcoholism.info_outline Step 4 - Recovered 1105
While working on our step inventories we get a new perspective on the bigger picture, on patterns, selfishness, our responsibility in situations and in this process we are building up an accurate self-appraisal with true self-worth as the reward.info_outline Step 3 - Recovered 1103
When working on step three we take a look at how acting on self-will means behaving with the exclusion of any consideration for others, focusing only on what we want and ignoring the needs and feelings of others. While we were busy pursuing these impulses, we mostly left a path of destruction behind us, and we definitely lost touch with our conscience and a Higher Power.info_outline Step 2 - Recovered 1101
This is the beginning of the end, in a way. You will end your old life and begin your fresh one, committed to faith – faith in whatever you choose.info_outline Step 1 - Recovered 1099
The first step in 12 step recovery programs involves more than just admitting that there is a problem. It means breaking through the denial that has kept the person locked in their misery. The individual has to accept that they have been beaten by their addiction. The exact wording of this step is:info_outline Having Hobbies in Recovery - Recovered 1098
If people feel that their life has no meaning and purpose they will find it impossible to build a successful life in recovery. During their years of addiction the focus would have been on obtaining and using their drug of choice. It is therefore vital that they replace this hole in their life with something new. The more meaning that people find in recovery the less likely it will be that they will relapse.info_outline Relapse and Coming Back In - Recovered 1097
Relapse is not uncommon. Some people find it difficult to overcome their addictive behaviors for the long term. Once clean, the addict can easily fall back into old practices and habits. Recovery requires commitment, discipline and a network of support. The old adage “it takes a village” is clearly demonstrated in recovery. But those of us who have relapsed, coming back into the village of recovery can be difficult.info_outline Character Defects - Recovered 1096
Humans are obviously not perfect; everyone will have their flaws and weaknesses. It is only when these imperfections lead to suffering that there is a real cause for concern. Most people will have many minor character defects, and a few major ones. It will be these major flaws that will cause them the most problems in life.info_outline
Whether it is a dependence on drugs, alcohol or gambling, the general assumption is that once a person enters recovery for an addiction, they should be “cured” of all Addiction Replacements. However, the prevalence of addiction replacement shows the true nature of addiction for what it is — a disease.
We alcoholics suffer. Before program, our obsession with drugs and alcohol led to the destruction of everything important to us. Even after program, new obsessions can also cause us to suffer, even without the alcohol. Sure, it’s obvious that our addictive behavior is the source of our own misery, but we may still seem unwilling to change. We are unwilling to change because of many things, but usually, it’s fear. We people with addictions must learn how to find courage.
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Addiction replacement is substituting one addiction for another. This typically occurs after the recovery process for the original addiction.
What is Addiction Replacements to you?
What kinds of compulsive behavior did you have as a child?
What kinds of compulsive behavior did you have before program?
When you were new, did you find a substitute addiction?
What was it and what did you get out of it?
Did you suffer from this behavior?
Did you have guilt and shame?
Did you do it in secrete?
What types of behaviors do you have to pay attention to?
What emotional need are you trying to fulfill?
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Individuals in recovery may also experience a lowered level of dopamine in the brain, which would limit their ability to feel happiness or excitement during the early stages of sobriety. This can influence recovering addicts to transfer their past addictive behaviors into other activities or substances as a way to fulfill the craving, and reduce the unpleasant side effects of withdrawal.
Can you relate?
So while on the surface an activity like shopping can appear as a healthier alternative than abusing drugs, both addictions can produce similar consequences. Signs that an addiction replacement has taken place are:
Constantly thinking about your new activity or vice
Losing sleep to participate in new activity
Trouble at work, school or at home
Relationship issues with spouse or loved ones
Neglecting self-care and personal hygiene
Experiencing stress or anxiety if unable to complete new activity
What about today, what Addiction Replacements are you fighting against?
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