James Shares How Recovery Works

Unexpected Need for Addiction Recovery

James had a relatively normal upbringing. He didn’t have any trauma, nor did he suffer from any distressing events; relatively speaking, James was quite normal. James had many reasons, all of them good, to not become addicted to a substance, but that’s the unfortunate aspect of addiction: you don’t have to suffer to be addicted.

Addiction is a Disease

Addiction is having an utter inability to leave a substance alone, no matter how much the person suffering wants to stop. In James’ case, he didn’t want to be addicted to drugs and Alcohol; he didn’t want to turn his back on his family, his kids, and the world.

He suffers from a predisposition of becoming addicted. Drugs took over his thinking, his feelings and his mind, becoming a slave to the various substances that he abused. He would do anything to get his next fix, no matter the consequences. He knew that he had no good reason for doing what he was doing, but he was encouraged to continue using, because of his disease.

Finding Recovery in the 12-Steps

Soon though, the law had caught up with him, and he had to face the consequences. He was offered detox, and he decided to take it. He tried to recover on his own on many different occasions before, but nothing had ever stuck, until he finally had enough and reached out for help.

He knew that it didn’t matter ow he felt, just that he needed to work the 12-steps and have help in receiving them. If something isn’t working, he knew that he needed help and he made sure he got that.

The way James explains his addiction, is that he was never just alright. He was never ok, and he always needed one more. The disease of addiction had made him feel alone, as though no one can ever understand him. It wasn’t until his spiritual experience in the program that he fully realized the message of the program.

He had entered into treatment with a lot of hate and judgement. He explains that his spiritual awakening came while he was working through the 12-steps. James knows that the community helped him recover from his bottom. James has had multiple bottoms, a place where one realizes that things must change, and that enough is enough; where they stop digging.

James has relapsed before, but luckily, he came back. He understands that his addiction is a disease, but one that needs constant work. It’s like diabetes, in which there is no actual cure; one just has to keep working on it.

Focusing on Treatment

James continues to focus on his recovery to this day. Not a day goes by where he is grateful to be free from the prison and confines of addiction. He understands that, although his disease of addiction is still there, still trying to get at him, but he knows that as long as he keeps working at it, he can continue on living a life worth living.

His spiritual experience has lead him to being sober, and for that, he is ever grateful.

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  1. Fantastic that James already know the effect of alcohol and drugs to the well-being, which made him not to attempt any of them till date.

  2. There are many people who turn to addiction in order to get relief from sufferings they endured in their life. However, not all the people who become addicted to drugs or alcohol have had a trauma in their life. Many folks turn to addiction just for fun and end up destroying their precious life, and I think this is what that has happened to this guy. Addiction is never a good thing and this is something all the people must understand.

  3. James’s addiction story is quite different from most of the people who get into addiction. Some sort of external influence became the reason for his addiction which ruined his family love too.

  4. How and why addict recovered and work? its that depand on people itself,if that people always back to the drug and alcohol it’s more difficult but if people realized and with sincierity want clean and clear and the easier Will come

  5. Very good ! Aside from physical intervention, Divine intervention is also needed to have a full recovery. I pray that you will have a better life ahead.

  6. Knowing that it didn’t matter about how you felt about getting help is another sign you are ready. This process of recovery is also lonely, more reason you should do it long side people with like minds

  7. Addiction recovery is needed so that lost lives can be gained back. It’s not all that’s walking out that has life, let share this pleaee

  8. Thank you Detax to rehab for sharing these type of posts with all of us.Those people who are addicted with something should try to recover from that .

  9. Addiction is a disease though not the traditional one. he was spot on in saying that he could never get enough he wants more. In a way it is comparable to greed just on steroids. Recovery is a fight too, Good for him because he will get his life back.

  10. James was still conscious to and extent and drowned like some others. His zeal to get help and have the desired change helped too. Not everyone gets addicted neck deep. Thanks for sharing this wonderful one.

  11. James had many reasons, all of them good, to not become addicted to a substance, but that’s the unfortunate aspect of addiction. This blog is very interesting and informative.

  12. Recovery from addiction starts from within. When you desire that change then you will see the change. I believe with James maintaining his sobriety is key on his mind which is a good thing.

  13. Oh! Addiction recovery does work especially when you put your mind to it and are determined to make it work. James made the decision to recover from addiction and he is for the better of it now.

  14. Oh! Addiction recovery does work especially when you put your mind to it and are determined to make it work. James made the decision to recover from addiction and he is for the better of it now.

  15. Thanks for sharing such a great tips. Hope it will help more public. Thank you , really you are doing great work. Keep doing! best wishes!

  16. James’ story of drug and alcohol addiction is indeed pathetic. It is extremely difficult to be truly free from addiction because it’s a disease. Taking a bold step of abstaining is the only panacea. Congratulations to James for freeing from addiction!

  17. Thanks to God for James addiction. Addiction is truely a disease one need to be delivered from. We just need to be very careful. Happy for James for his recovery through the 12-steps program.

  18. Falling into addiction is often never intentional. The victim only seeks for just one more, just one more and that just continues. It’s not about coming from a rich or poor background but consciously knowing that anyone can be victim. And recovery process should be intentional. One can’t but be grateful for the 12 steps program.

  19. The 12 step program is the best that can ever happen, thank God for James. No one really wants to be a user until they find themselves in it, the disease called addiction will surely want to come out he must be strong and determined to surpress it. Thank you for sharing your story.

  20. Being addicted can be a soul destroyer, the best best is to shun alcohol and drug to live a fulfilling life. Many who engage in drugs are roaming the street in naked or rag cloth.

  21. Indeed, you don’t have to have gone through trauma or child abuse to become an addict. Like a disease, it really could happen to anyone.

  22. I totally support James’ submission that addiction is a disease. It requires boldness and determination to surmount the problem. With this, one can still live a meaningful and successful life.

  23. James was able to break free from the shackles of addiction and that’s the best thing that ever happened to him. Sadly the same cannot be said for most of the addicts out there 🙁

  24. For many people, their first attempt at recovery will most likely fail. The secret is to have the will to pick yourself up and try again whenever you relapse.

  25. The spiritual awakening most definitely had a big part to play in James’ recovery. The peace that comes with that is incomparable.

  26. Good to hear about James willingness to recovery. It’s not an easy thing to stop whatever you have be addicted to, but it pays to sacrifice your all to be free. Happy for James.

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