An Alcoholic for a Day

“Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

So what does alcoholism have to do with living an authentic life? If you have ever known a recovered alcoholic, you will recognize a strength that is not found in everyday life. Unless you have loved someone who has struggled with a life-altering addiction, you may not have had the humbling experience of realizing that no one is immune to such addictions. Alcoholism happens to be a pretty obvious and destructive behavior that society shuns, and looks at with disdain and disgust. Addiction, though, wears many masks and is sometimes mistaken for “normal.”

So what’s your poison? Are you addicted to your stuff? Or do you have an unbeatable shopping habit? Do you incessantly gossip or think badly of others? Do you live in a world of chaos, inflicting your chaos on others because you aren’t disciplined? Are you a blamer? A negative thinker or speaker? Do you overeat? Are you physically lazy? How about your opinion12 steps to order and sanity–do you cling to it no matter what? Or is it the worst addiction of all: a formidable self-reliance that distances you from God?

I know that my own addiction is a cocktail of bad habits and self-reliance that needs constant attention and healing–I am just as much an addict as the most notorious drunk. My addictions just tend to look more socially acceptable than the stumbling and slurring that accompanies inebriation.

Someone I love deeply and share my life with is a recovered alcoholic. I am humbled to know someone with the spiritual strength of a lion, unbeatable perseverance,  the ability to just take people where they are at and love them in spite of their shortcomings. He lives every day with joy and purpose and carries always with him the markings of a lifetime of choices.

The 12 step program of AA has been the path to wholeness of many an alcoholic and can serve as a great backbone for any recovery from any addiction. It is a great path to becoming the best we can be.

Here is a revised version of the 12 step program that fits with an everyday variety of addiction.. 🙂

Will you let your addiction, whatever it may be, hold you back–or will you attack it with the fervor of one starting out on a new path? May your prayer be one of hope:

“Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

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