The book was first published in October of 2018 and has been revised in 2020. The new and updated version includes an additional 60 pages of content.
Recovery, by definition, is the retrieval or reclaiming of something that has been lost. Addiction Recovery is a process of weakening and/or extracting resistance that is manifested in many forms.
This reading is a group of reflections that focus on the manifestations of the addiction process from resistance to recovery. The signs to this condition can be observed, assessed, and tracked. The reader will have access to specific insight on elements of resistance that fuel addiction, get familiar with the dynamics of change, terminate potential misconceptions about the recovery process, and explore a holistic approach to treat addiction.
Identifying the sources of subtle and evident resistance is a significant step.
Individuals pursuing recovery must develop personal awareness on the external and internal barriers.
With education on the principles of change and awareness reform, the recovering addict begins the process of self-redefinition.
Settling for unrefined cognitive processes and the intentional or unintentional reinforcement of conditioned thinking styles can interrupt the recovery process. Mental ceremonies of commitment initiation are merely steps into the campaign of personal development. This condition requires the addict in recovery to commit and re-establish commitment as needed.
The intervention system discussed in this book is a five-level system. The five elements need to be intimately interconnected to achieve balance. Be mindful of the overinvestment or underinvestment in one or more of the following elements: physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual.
Part I explores the resistance themes experienced by recovering addicts, describes the significance of the initial wound and its establishment of the avoidance craving.
Common avoidance manifestations are described in detail: ego, denial, codependency, resentments, reservations, and expectations. The last segment in Part I of this book, helps the reader increase personal awareness on various categories of relapse traps.
Part II introduces the reader to securing “THE AIM” in recovery and establishing a Commitment Statement. Segments on Self-Assessment and the Awareness Inventory will support the establishment of a deeper understanding on internal change dynamics.