There are very few absolutes in recovery- everyone is so different, but this uniqueness does not necessarily extend to everything. We all need the right fuel for mind and body and a lot of it is pretty similar. It is here I must introduce a word that for some is a spectre.
One of the similarities is the need for a spiritual dimension to life. My claim would be that at some level even an atheist is a spiritual being. If that is, we use the word in the sense of an ‘energy’ that has us take flight on hopes and dreams and actions. An energy that has us respiring and aspiring.
At no point to I feel the necessity to introduce a god. I do see however, an aid and an aide in the concept of a force greater than the force of addiction. Given that so few ever drive through addictions, long term, on the basis of rationality and will alone, such a force is needed and at least useful as a notion, for those who have tried all else and found it all wanting.
If you see nothing in this, then I am no value to you. If that is the case let us both ‘kick the dust from our sandals’ and move on!
What I will write here, freely available to you, is a digest for a series of groups I held in Auckland NZ a while ago.’ Their value holds as they are not academic in content, but live experiences lived through the years by many fellow travellers . They will not be ‘out of date’ in a hurry.
You need only agree on some very basic principles and you may find that what unfolds will be of use in creating a world of expansive safety-‘Recovery Maintenance’ rather than the grim jawed willed forcefulness of ‘relapse prevention. DC