The Magic Bullet Myth

Anything you are good at, for the most part, has happened over time.

success-napkinNapkin sketch originally attributed to Demetri Martin (author of This Is A Book)

Through repetition, perseverance, overcoming obstacles and not being willing to give up, you are adept at a particular skill. There was a goal or a desire that you clearly visualized and so you worked for it until you attained it. Yes, there were many challenging difficulties along the way but you’d made up your mind and nothing could deter you in your quest.

This is true in every phase of our lives, and unfortunately, even in the things we pursue that bring harm and pain to ourselves and others.

Freedom from the tyrannical oppression of the addictive behavior that dogs your every moment is just as reachable if we will treat it as any substantial goal we have ever been motivated to conquer. The problem lies in the oppositions strong and unrelenting resistance to success, and the willingness to let ourselves be bullied into submission.

If you think about it, addiction is a goal you reached through the same process as any positive and rewarding triumph you have achieved.

Through repetition, perseverance, overcoming obstacles and not being willing to give up, you became an addict. There was a goal or a desire that you could clearly visualize and so you worked for it until you became an addict. Yes, there were many challenging difficulties along the way but you made up your mind and nothing would deter you in your quest to be an addict.

Though the reasons for your pursuit may be tragically motivated and fatally flawed, you non-the-less were unwilling to abandon this holy grail of your existence. The results are what should have been expected,  the depth of control given away have slowly over taken every motive, thought, and indeed – every breath. I won’t dwell on addiction itself here-but instead I want to focus on the path to freedom.

So, you want to walk away from this nemesis and see the sun again? Then you will have to be willing to pay the price to reach that land of peace and joy.

The road to success of any kind is the same road we can use to escape the life-snuffing grip of addiction.

This is a true statement; it’s just that this goal isn’t completing the college education, or saving for the downpayment on a ring for your future spouse, or finishing that restoration of the old Buick that has been sitting in your garage. No, this one is much more crucial and impactful on all those things, and more.

You want to be free of the slimy grasp of addiction? Then follow the same formula:

Through repetition, perseverance, overcoming obstacles and not being willing to give up, you will become free of addiction. This is a goal or a desire that you can clearly visualize and so you work for it until are free of addiction. Yes, there are many challenging difficulties along the way but you make up your mind and nothing will deter you in your quest to be free of addiction.

The escape from the pit you have lived in is possible. But I have to tell you that there is no magic bullet and no certain prayer that will free you; Its not just a 12-step program or an accountability group, it isn’t the dedication of loved ones, counseling, or living each successful moment at a time, no – it is many or all of these things. A clear focus on the goal, and a myriad of effective tools will step-by-step help lead to the promised land.

Take heart my friend and please don’t give up. I know the heartache of addiction, I know the countless attempts to be free, I know the hopelessness of another failure – but together we can see this through. I pray for you today and I hope that you are inspired to try again. There is a light that’s beginning to shine in the darkness of addiction, and that light is for you! Lets do this together!

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