Insanity Of Addiction

The Restoration To Sanity From The Insanity Of Addiction

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Insanity Of Addiction – “We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” There are several pieces to examine in this statement.

The first part is “We.” The “we” in this statement represents the people who recover together in organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. We don’t recover alone – we have to do it together with other recovering addicts or alcoholics. Alone, we use drugs, or we drink alcohol. Together, we find the freedom of recovery.

The second part of this statement is “came to believe.” This indicates a process of coming to believe, which takes time. The definition of the word believe is “to accept something as true.” Your recovery is real.

The third part of the statement is “that a power greater than ourselves.” This part of the step shows us that some power bigger than us is involved. Whether you believe in higher powers or not, there is always help you can reach out to.

The final part of the statement says, “could restore us to sanity.” Restoration is the process of getting back what was lost. What was lost? Our sanity. Sanity is the ability to think and behave in a rational manner and experience sound mental health. 

So, to expound on this statement, you could say that it means this: “Together, with the help of other recovering people. I will undergo the process of accepting the truth that other people can help me recover what was lost. Which is my ability to think and behave in a rational manner and experience sound mental health.”

Makes sense, right?

The Restoration from The Insanity Of Addiction Is a Process

No doubt, when you were in your addiction, you were driven by insane behavior. You were obsessed with drugs or alcohol and you were driven by compulsive behavior that took you back to the pipe, the bottle, or the needle; in spite of the fact that it was destroying your life. You executed some irrational choices to maintain your habit. You hurt the people you loved, but most of all, you hurt yourself.

When you first get sober, you stop drinking or using drugs. You get a few weeks of recovery under your belt and the outward signs of your insanity stop running your life. You believe this means you have been restored to sanity.

However; it is important to recognize that the behavior that accompanied your addiction or alcoholism was only a small piece of the puzzle when it comes to the level of insanity you experienced. Sure, abstinence from mood and mind-altering chemicals is the first step toward the restoration of sanity. But, the real insanity lies in your thinking. The ability to think and behave in a rational manner and experience sound mental health takes a whole lot more than just quitting drugs and alcohol.

Trust The Restoration Process

Insanity Of Addiction – When you first get clean and sober, you feel insane. You are on an emotional rollercoaster ride. One minute you’re up and you feel like you are on top of the world. The next minute you feel depressed and hopeless. This is what the second step is all about – coming to believe that a power greater than you can restore you to sanity. Trust the process.

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Anne Lazarakis joined the DARA Rehab team from Sydney, Australia. She writes about addiction and mental health on a global, local and community level. She also relays personal accounts of substance abuse and recovery through the stories of our clients, their families and our own team members.

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