Manage episode 272903861 series 2582524
In this article entitled "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Freedom', we discuss the following topics:
- The "Pursuit of Happiness" is a hollow promise if we pursue it directly and not see it as an outcome of living a worthy life.
- A new Freedom and a new Happiness promised by recovery programs is based on having the freedom to make better choices and happiness that is an outcome of helping others. Happiness not as a result of taking, but as an outcome of giving.
- A new basis of living is created when recovery is practiced with full commitment. A saying in AA goes: "Some of us tried to hold onto our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely".
- Embracing the idea that both the addict and the family member are completely powerless over the addiction and that therefore they need help from a power outside themselves - in whatever form - is the beginning of healing.