repost: “recovery” and next steps

Food for thought from The Empty 12 Pack:

And when does “recovery” end? Formally defined, one “recovers” from an illness or injury when the healing process ends. You are no longer sick or hurt. Recovery does not last forever. You may never be fully healed, but the recovery process does end. With respect to finding something, “recovery” terminates when the lost item is located.

However, when you talk about “recovery” from addiction, some models (AA) state that recovery never ends. That you’re always in recovery. You’re forever an alcoholic and you’re therefore never “cured.” Wouldn’t that mean that, instead of recovery, the addiction is really in “remission?” If you never drink again or use drugs again you’re still never done with recovery?

Worth pondering while one is on this healing journey. Read the whole thing below, of course.

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I believe chocolate in virtually any configuration is the finest dessert in the history of mankind. I believe my wife is the sexiest woman in the world. I believe modern capitalism will never be replaced by a different -- or better -- form of economics. I believe in clutch hitting in baseball. I believe the Kimber 1911 .45 ACP is the finest handgun ever made in America. I believe the Mossberg Flex 500 pump-action 12 gauge shotgun is the best home defense ever made in America. I believe Tom Waits is the best songwriter of my generation. I believe unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers. As CS Lewis once beautifully wrote, I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. I believe that, on balance, Christianity has done more good for humans than bad. I believe it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant, With that being said, I believe there is a profound difference between knowledge and wisdom. I believe if I yell at the TV during a Colts game, they will play better. Finally, I believe I am in long-term recovery from a number of deeply rooted issues that supported and drove the various addictions in my life.