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  •  On the contrary, surrender is the way to recovery. (2+ / 0-)
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    Staying "strong" is a barrier to recovery. Even the strongest amongst us can be broken. Reliance on strength will fail at some point.

    The concept of surrender is central to AA recovery. Accepting that one is powerless over the disease is the first surrender: to the disease. Try fighting diabetes with strength. You will die. Instead learn to live your life in a manner in which the disease remains in remission. It will remain in remission as long as you live within the boundaries set by the disease. Accepting this simple fact is the first surrender.

    Alcoholism is just like diabetes in this way. An alcoholic must learn to live on life's terms one day at a time. It is only when he strays that relapse becomes more likely. Unlike diabetes, the disease of alcoholism will let you get by with not tending to the recovery process. For a time. The disease is patient. It will gladly accept you back into active addiction when you run into a situation that you cannot handle and are most vulnerable. A diabetic who doesn't mind her sugar levels will suffer greatly in an obvious physical manner without the slightest reprieve.

    The second surrender is to the solution. AA and the 12 Steps is one solution. It is a solution practiced by millions in millions of different ways.

    The first surrender gets you to recovery while the second is essential for you to remain in recovery.

    Time makes more converts than reason. Thomas Paine, Common Sense

    by VTCC73 on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 05:27:56 PM PDT

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