For some reason, God, in His wisdom, is sending me many people who are in relapse and struggling with their abstinence.
Nothing is more unlovely than an addict in her disease. When we are in that place of darkness, we are restless, irritable and discontented.
I found this fabulous pamphlet on 15 points for the alcoholic to consider when confronted with an urge to drink.
Here is my summary:
Cultivate Acceptance: We are who we are, and we are not who we’re not.
We need to relieve ourselves of the expectation that we SHOULD feel, be, do anything.
Cultivate Tolerance: “this too shall pass.”
Cultivate Love: it is what we do for others, and not what we get or feel that gives true meaning and joy in our lives.
Have a plan of action, before you do that first compulsive act.
Be honest: remember the pain and suffering of living in our disease. One bite is too much and 100 are never enough.
Feel – Deal and Heal: Nothing tastes as good as abstinence.
Focus on what you do have and not what you don’t have. We cannot eat like other people, but, we have a solution to our problem and a design of living, which takes us to a place of joy, meaning and purpose, beyond anything we could have imagined.
Cultivate Gratitude: an attitude of gratitude is one of the most healing things we can ever do in our lives.
Live in the moment, right here, right now. When we just focus on the moment, we have no fear or resentment, and we are excellent!
I hope you will enjoy the pamphlet.