Most addicts make a commitment to quit their behavior, but they don’t stick to their plan. Why is this? I suggest several reasons.
- State of denial: This is the hallmark of addiction, the reluctance to accept the magnitude of one’s disease.
- Ambivalence: The addict holds onto the pleasure while making half-hearted efforts at sobriety.
- Low self-esteem: The addict underestimates his abilities or worth, crippling his efforts at recovery.
Any obstacle to your recovery is worthy of a wrecking ball. Making a commitment to recovery is the easy part. I know, because I made that commitment 100 times. And I quit 100 times. But I didn’t stay quit.
But there’s good news – really good news. I’ll give it to you with a verse you already know.
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13).
Recovery Step: You have all the tools and all the power you need in order to stay sober. The next move is yours.