“Just trust the process.” As an addict and/or alcoholic, how many times have you heard this from another fellow recovering individual? It can be frustrating to hear, but it’s true. The depth of the disease of addiction pulls at the addict and/or alcoholic, causing them to over-think and analyze just about anything, even something as simple as a rock! Particularly in the beginning of your recovery, it is imperative that you cling to the logistics behind recovery by remaining honest, open-minded, and willing to subject yourself to this simple program.

Trust the Process: The Process of Change Occurs

When there is trust, not just in the process of recovery but also geared toward an external power greater than one’s self up to your discretion whatever that may be, there is strength of spirituality within the recovering individual that helps them rise above their dampened shortcomings. It is only by being negligent and failing to rise to the opportunities laid before you to help another individual during your journey that your strides would weaken. So to prevent this unwanted result, trust the process by taking it step by step, being open to suggestions, and being there for other recovering individuals in the program.

But what happens amidst distress, discomfort, anxiety, fears, or resentment?

Understand that no matter what stage you are in during your recovery process, you do not become immune to growth, which is actually a positive attribute because you should want to continue to develop and not be satisfied with a stagnant recovery. There is no ceiling to spiritual growth. You can always learn more about yourself, in addition to defining yourself more as each day goes by. However slow or rapid the process of change occurs for you, try to see that the no matter what phase you are at, you still need to be spot-checking yourself by being open and honest of your fears, feelings, and difficulties throughout the day. Seeing the role that you played and how you can repair the damage that you have caused is a vital portion of your recovery otherwise you put yourself at risk of picking up that next drink and/or drug. To trust the process means that the recovering individual must be willing to make certain changes that another alcoholic and/or addict who was once just as sick was willing to make in order to recover and did as a result of doing so.

Don’t Compare

The process of change can occur at different times for everyone. This is important to remember because alcoholics and addicts are known for quickly comparing and this creates chaos in recovery. Everyone recovers at their own pace and because of this; people may see changes at different times. Some may notice gifts of recovery sooner or later than others. Don’t fret if you are still struggling and you haven’t had this instantaneous amount of relief from the obsession of alcohol and/or drugs just yet. Try to remember that you did not become addicted in one day and that this is a process, not an event. It takes work, but don’t ever give up. Implementing changes requires an immense amount of continual effort and the process of change is sometimes difficult to see in the eye of the beholder, but the truth is that you’ve probably made an incredible amount of progress from the very first day you began your journey.

If you’re struggling with the ability to trust the process because you can’t put that drink and/or drug down just yet, contact The Watershed for help today. You don’t have to be stuck living in the insanity of the disease of addiction. There is hope to be lifted from the obsession of active addiction. Recovery is possible.


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