Addiction Recovery – Knowing When It’s Time to Let Go

Addiction recovery is all about letting go – letting go of detrimental behaviors, letting go of power and self-will, letting go of old ideas that we quickly learn will never serve us. Many of us secretly cling to the notion that we will be able to drink again eventually, or that maybe when we’re a bit older we can smoke marijuana, or even that someday we will be entirely cured of addiction, and will no longer need to attend meetings or pray or tend to ourselves spiritually. These are all ideas that we must eventually let go if we truly want to recover – just as we must let go of our old way of life if we want to truly create a new and better one.

When We Will Know It Is Time To Let Go

The truth is, many addicted men and women do not initially agree to attend an inpatient drug rehab because the pain has finally become great enough – many agree to residential treatment simply because they have grown tired of continuously hurting those that deeply care for them. Eventually, when the mind has begun to clear and the opportunities involved in sobriety become more apparent, the motivation shifts from pleasing others to giving oneself the chance at a better life. The ability to let go plays a major role in this shift. As addicts and alcoholics, we finally let go of the distorted view that we can drink and drug like other people. We accept that we are indeed afflicted with addiction, that we suffer from a spiritual malady, a potential genetic predisposition, and a neurological dissimilarity from those who can drink without setback.

We also must let go of the belief that we are undeserving of recovery – of a better way of life. We must let go of the deep-seated credence that we are bad people. We must accept that we engaged in immoral and debase activity while active in our addictions, but that we still hold dear values and standards while clean and sober. There are many things we must let go of in order to move forward.

What We Must Let Go Of In Order to Recover

One of the most important things we must learn to let go of in order to recover are resentments. All too often we cling to resentments, big and small, in order to avoid looking at our part in the negativity of our lives. We tend to hold antipathies and offenses close, and in turn, they keep us sick. In order to thoroughly and comprehensively recover, we must admit our part in wrongdoings, and let go of resentments one by one until we are free of the toxic negativity that keeps us trapped in our addictions.

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