Because Attitudes of addiction can have holds of supernatural power, sometimes they scream for a solution. This post is about the solution that people, who know through personal experience, say is the only lasting solution that they found.
Addictive Attitudes can involve anything from drugs and alcohol to food or selfish, self serving behaviors. The one in the grip of addiction may give up on living a happy or productive life and throw themselves into self-destructive behavior.
Family and friends may give up on the addicted and their “insane” Attitudes. They may distance themselves, saying the addicted ones are a waste of their time. Whether the “insanity” is self induced or of a more sinister origin, there is a solution. There is a way to have sanity restored.
The addicted may have gone so far into their addiction that they have broken all restraints. They mistakenly struggle to be free from the control of society and loved ones, only to discover that their bondage doesn’t come from outside sources, but from their own self-serving Attitudes.
Things can get so bad, all hope seems to be lost. But where there is still life, there is still hope.
Twelve step programs, which had their beginnings in the original 12 step program developed by Dr. Bob Smith and Bill Wilson back in 1935 provide a map leading us out of the jungle of obstinacy, sensitivities and unreasoning prejudices to a place where addicts see themselves in right relation to other people, places and things.
Realizing that over indulging in sex, food, alcohol, needs for attention or anything else is a symptom of a deeper problem happens in the early stages of recovery. Another occasion that occurs early in recovery is admitting that maintaining certain Attitudes has been another source of problems.
Twelve step groups that provide places for people to give and receive experience, strength and hope are time tested places where people learn to have a Spiritual experience that results in them having new Attitudes of love, peace and patience. Speaking to participants reveals the incredible value of maintaining a Teamwork type Attitude.
The ongoing result of this spiritual awakening is a new Attitude that is more peaceful than any Attitude the awakened say they have previously known.