“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” – Socrates
“The more you eat, the less flavor; the less you eat, the more flavor.” – Chinese proverb
If happiness lies in the ability to enjoy less, then being an addict is the precise opposite of such a condition. So when we get better, we develop the ability to enjoy less. The more we simplify, the greater the pleasure in simple things. Continue reading →
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OMFG I love your no BS approach to 12stp recovery. Im very similar and have been for a number of years. It was such a relief when I found your site, almost validating. At so many meetings I go to in my town they just look and act all funky towards me for sharing my experience in a no BS way.
Thank you for your blogs.
I am an addiction counselor and this is so refreshing to read. Thank you. The industry truly is mired in bullshit, to the degree that what we are serving up is quackery. For the record, a success rate of 05% is considered top quality care in the USA. A 05% success rate is essentially saying that because what we offer does not work, only 05% of those who use our methods actually get sober. What we sell works 05% of the time. Synanon had better results! The people behind the Jonestown massacre did better at getting people off the stuff! The problem is it is almost illegal to offend people in the modern world. I often compare it to a doctor who is forced to operate in a kitchen with only cooking and dining implements at his disposal.
One thing I would caution is that the use of sedatives in surgery does NOT count as a relapse, and putting your life in danger to preserve your sobriety defeats the point of recovery. You are not qualified to go against your doctors advice. The goal is not to avoid drugs and alcohol. That is simply the process by which the goal is achieved.