Change comes slowly. Just ask my Dad.
The three years that began with Dad handing me my first tenor saxophone when I was in 7th grade until I made first chair in the high school band in 10th grade were tortuous for the entire family. The early days of practicing my sax every day after school were hard for family and neighbors alike. But in the end, I became a tolerable musician.
But it wasn’t easy.
Nothing worthwhile ever is. That is especially true with recovery. Recovery requires a lifetime of effort.
Dr. David Sack wrote an article, “How Long Does Addiction Recovery Take?” He said, “Some feel the only way to instill hope for recovery is to define a specific endpoint at which patients can consider themselves fully recovered. But this ignores the true nature of addiction. Research has confirmed that addiction is a chronic brain disease. Understanding that addiction recovery is a lifelong process, it benefits patients to understand what their journey may look like.”
Recovery Step: Recovery is a lifelong process and it is a spiritual process. The key is “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). Note, that is not “Christ and you.” God must do his work in you before he can bring recovery to you.