Have you ever been somewhere where you ran into the person who contributed the most to your addiction? You were walking along, and suddenly they were there?
I know the feeling. I see the person who contributed the most to my own addiction on a regular basis – every time I look in a mirror.
Teddy Roosevelt said, “If you could kick the person in the pants who is responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t be able to sit for a month.”
Yes, I owe much of my struggles to childhood abuse – both physical and sexual. There were uninvited periods of trauma and isolation. But recovery (and therapy) have taught me that I did a lot to make things worse. To list all of my mistakes would turn this Recovery Minute into a Recovery Hour.
So what’s the answer? We must humble ourselves before God, seek his face, and commit to a new course for the rest of our lives.
Recovery Step: Memorize four words: “Pride comes before destruction” (Proverbs 16:18).