By Allen Berger Ph. D.
Recovery from habit is usually in comparison to a trip the place you meet new humans, rejuvenate your brain, physique, and spirit, and examine new issues approximately your self that offer you wish for the long run. yet like any trips, there also are pitfalls that could jeopardize your sobriety.
With his renowned ebook, 12 silly issues That reduce to rubble Recovery, Allen Berger has proven many of us how you can confront self-defeating ideas and behaviors that may sabotage their sobriety. during this sequel, Allen grants the instruments you want to paintings via twelve pitfalls that you're more likely to come across in your route to long term restoration. no matter if you're dealing with relapse, studying to beat complacency, or taking accountability on your emotions and activities, this publication will equip you to beat probably the most universal relapse risks as you are making your trek alongside the highway of satisfied Destiny."
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But if I didn’t get better, then I could blame them. After all, I was following their direction! Needless to say, with this toxic attitude my chances of getting and staying sober were slim to none—and slim was holding a ticket on the next bus out of town. You can see the pattern—I thought my mother and grandfather should have eased my pain, I thought my father should have been there to help me grow up. I thought the Marines should have made me a man and given me self-esteem. I thought my sponsor, my AA meetings, and my therapist should heal me and make me whole.
Tom’s sponsor had seen his emotional dependency and created a situation that forced him to grow by moving away. Tom was devastated, but he learned to stand on his own two feet. So Tom did something similar for me but in a very different way. He gave me a copy of Sheldon Kopp’s book If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him! It made a significant impact on my attitude toward myself, my relationship with Tom, and my recovery. Kopp’s main message is that if we want to experience full enlightenment, we need to stop depending on teachers and gurus—including the Buddha himself!
Somewhere inside, a voice is screaming that what we’re doing is wrong, but we pretend we don’t hear it, so we don’t feel the painful dissonance. We do that enough, and eventually we can’t even hear the voice. We have dulled our awareness. To get well, we have to recover our awareness of the voice of our best or true self. We have to develop the ability to turn inward to discover what path is best for us. This ability, as I noted, is called inward searching. It’s a process by which we tune our awareness to our subjective experience in the moment and allow it to move in whatever direction it takes (Bugental, 1978).