Self-Image For Addicts

We need to remember that much of what we now know about addiction was not even dreamed of in the philosophy available to those who founded the 12-Step organizations.

While obviously respecting the Steps, Traditions and the groups, Digital Dharma has posted this essay about considering ourselves and our addictions with a bit more clarity in the light of modern knowledge:

“I was considering the way some of us in the rooms seem to think of ourselves, based on the way we talk. We say, ‘I’m not a bad person trying to get better, I’m a sick person trying to get well.'  Then we continue talking about our shortcomings and defects of character. We say things like ‘I’m an alcoholic, and my problem is Bill.'   (I don’t measure up; I’m defective; I’m a problem.) That is not an affirmation….”

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