All I know is that I took Steps wholeheartedly and was touched by the power of God one night and instantaneously I went from a full blown junkie/alcoholic who couldn’t stay sober for more than a few days for 15 years, to recovered and completely free from any thoughts or desires to drink or use whatsoever.
That was ten years ago and I still have utterly no desire to self-destruct on any level be it emotionally, mentally, spiritually or physically. And remember that an addict is literally defined by a constant need/desire to self-destruct. So the steps work, or rather, God works.
It’s more about catching fire, so to speak. If the addict’s moral pilot is properly lit, he won’t use again. If the addict suddenly wants God more than drugs and is convinced that he must take constant right action lest he go insane and lose his connection to God, the problem is solved.
All anyone has to do is to sincerely want to grow spiritually. Trust me, when a person really wants to change and get better, the universe will conspire to make that happen and bring him or her the necessary opportunities to grow.
So anybody can recover. Anybody. And thus there is no excuse for an addict/alcoholic not to recover because there is a solution. The only people on earth who may not be able to recover are pathological narcissists, or sociopaths.
Trust me, anybody who doesn’t recover just doesn’t want to. There is no such thing as I tried this or that and nothing works. Addicts continue to use and be addicts because they want to continue to use and be addicts. Same with alcoholics. Same with any other damaged individual. It’s that simple.
Regarding the title, by recovery we don’t mean that an addict has chosen to ingest methadone everyday. That is not recovery. That is an addict who still very much wants to be an addict. Same with any other addict who takes any other substitution drug. Sorry.