The opposite of surrender is to resist and fight.

Many of us who are addicts or alcoholics resist to addiction treatment. We fight it. We also fight that we even need to stop using alcohol or drugs.

 


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What does it mean to surrender in recovery?

First and foremost, surrender allows us to understand that our willpower cannot keep us sober or save us from alcohol or drug addiction. For whatever reason, our bodies are different and so are our minds. They do not function like a normal person’s mind and body.

Yet we continuously try to submit our will to make sure we never use or drink again, but to no avail. Usually, we believe we can manage the drink next time. That the next time we use will be different. That the next time we use drugs or alcohol, we will be able to control and enjoy our drinking.

If we can just manage our willpower efficiently we can drink and use like a normal person. Our willpower —especially for a chronic alcoholic or addict — is powerful. However, when it comes to alcohol or drugs our willpower is often none existent.

“The persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death.”

If you are a chronic alcoholic or addict, then being in a position where you know you cannot stop using on your own is where surrender begins.

Surrender comes when you know you cannot manage to NOT drink. This is what the first step is about: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol and our lives had become unmanageable.

We Are Not a Higher Power

If you’re a chronic alcoholic, then surrender is understanding that maybe you do not have the answers. Perhaps your way cannot keep you sober. Maybe… you are not the alpha or the omega.

“…we agnostics and atheists chose to believe that our human intelligence was the last word, the alpha and the omega, the beginning and end of all. Rather vain of us, wasn’t it?”

The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous states that we have to stop playing God. It doesn’t work. We are not all-powerful and we do not know what is best for our addiction.

For the addict, we have tried everything to stay sober. We have tried to work out, use less, only drink or use on the weekends, only drink at night. The list goes on and on.

We must surrender to the fact that we do not have the answers and our willpower alone is not enough to keep us sober.

Have you been able to stay sober? Have you found a solution to solve the spiritual malady, that feeling that you are not good enough, that you are missing something, that you are not enough?

If the answer is no, maybe it is time to try something different.

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