I’m not a student of Albert Einstein, nor do I have evidence that he battled addictions. But he said something that every addict should embrace. It is one of the most important principles in recovery from any addiction or destructive habit.
“A problem cannot be solved,” said Einstein, “from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
As you hear it said in recovery groups, “It is your stinking thinking that got you here.” We will never find sobriety until we reverse this approach.
The prophet warned, “Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes” (Isaiah 5:21).
So how, exactly, do we move beyond our own flawed thinking and embrace a new way of life? I suggest three things.
- Be pliable.
- Be teachable.
- Be breakable.
Recovery Step: As you embark on a new year, be pliable, teachable, and breakable. The result will be a lasting sobriety you have never known.