Are you trying to help someone else with his or her recovery? I’ve been at this a while now, have degrees, certifications, and a decent amount of experience. I sponsor 17 guys in SA or SAA (too many, I know), and have taken 100 guys through my 90-Day Recovery Process. So let me offer the one thing that works.
Addicts live in shame. Further shaming them does no good. Tell them what they can be, rather than what they have been. Celebrate any progress and encourage them toward a better future.
Harvard professor Teresa Amabile said, “The best way to motivate people, day in and day out, is by facilitating progress – even small wins.”
Recovery Step: Learn from our Prime Example. “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (Deuteronomy 31:8).