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How Does Surrender Help Recovery?

How Does Surrender Help Recovery?

Sweet surrender, that elusive thing that can hang you up in recovery. A foundational principle in recovery, it is hard to move forward without surrendering to the possibility of change. Our lives can become changed and transformed when we surrender to the idea of letting go.

Embracing Surrender

To welcome the idea of surrender is to let go of everything we often know or felt possible. Surrender is a sign of weakness, some people think-a coward’s action in the face of anything stronger and overpowering. We are taught to believe that strong, brave, and courageous people fight to defeat their enemies. We resist surrender for fear of seeing ourselves (or being seen by others) as weak. The very act of surrender signals that you are giving up the fight against a perceived threat and to feel whatever the addictions have allowed a person not to feel-fear, pain of the unknown, or uncertainty.

Facing Fear

There is a lot of fear built into surrender. How am I going to survive if i am not in control, some may think. The disease of addiction continues to progress in a fruitless journey of avoidance, regardless of consequences. This rabbit hole continues to allow a person to spiral down, ever down, until the bottom rises up to meet you with a hard hit to the ego. You really are not in control after all. That is when you are able to face the fear head on, admit surrender, and move forward with recovery.

Spiritual Quest

The spiritual component of surrender cannot be ignored. Everyone has a different journey in recovery but surrender is part of everyone’s path. Admitting powerlessness over addiction is to consider sobriety as the only way to live a life, whole and functioning, free of alcohol or substances. To take the first step of surrender is to lose your sense of self as defined by the ego and protected by a survival mechanism that goes way back to hunter-gatherer days.

When you are finally willing to take a step into the unknown, you can do most anything. Walking blindly into the abyss that appears to be sobriety requires courage, hope, and trust. We give up the battle going on inside of us between the counter-productive strategies we think lead to happiness and to ward off the demons. When we give up the battle between good and evil and admit we need help, we make the transition to letting go of addiction for a life that has purpose and meaning. It takes lots of effort, but it is well worth it when we consider that we can live a life that feels fulfilling without numbing out using drugs or alcohol and living out our (sober) dreams.

Making the decision to surrender and accept help is not easy. Addiction is hard to let go of, but we are here to help guide you through. Let us help you recover from addiction and seek the resources you need to keep you clean and sober. We will help you find what you need. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 844-339-6964