The Power of Acceptance: Embracing Change for a Brighter Future
In AA the substances to avoid are alcohol and drugs. In Al-Anon, the substances are people, places and situations. So, how does one avoid people? It’s almost impossible. However, it is possible to face and break free from codependence.According to Al-Anon, codependency recovery is for the "friends and family of alcoholics." Further, it’s for anyone who grew up with, or is dealing with someone with whom they feel out of control, unable to respond instead of react, and are unable to draw boundaries with in their daily lives.
This is co-dependence. This is the disease. It deserves recovery. Many who come to 12 Step Recovery in Al-Anon/Alateen are in despair, feeling hopeless, unable to believe that things can ever change. We want our lives to be different, but nothing we have done has brought about change or serenity. In recovery we share our experience, strength, and hope. According to the promises, “We come together to learn a better way of life, to find happiness whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.”
The program can be more elusive than it first appears, and a lot of people discover it can take a while to "get" what codependency recovery is really about and how it works. This is where the assistance of a solid rehab experience can help. Recovery can be a complex, nonlinear, beautiful mess, filled with areas of grey, non-absolutes and no rules—ya know, things control freaks love. Just kidding, we hate that stuff, but that’s why we need to go.Even though we do the steps in a linear fashion, the first three steps are the ones to come back to on a daily basis.
Or, in a nutshell: “I can’t. God can. I’ll let him.”Returning to these basics again and again, give us a foundation from which to build the rest of the program. Regardless of doing the steps or not, there’s a lot of worth in coming and listening—a lot of listening.
Codependency recovery and rehab is about one thing: YOU. Your behavior, your history, your perspective and your stuff. If you are unsure if you are codependent, complete a codependency self assessment. Recovery in 12 Step programs is designed to help you be emotionally sober, able to accept people, relationships and situations for what they really are, and not how you’d like them to be or what you hope they become. Learn more about what Serenity Vista has to offer. Residential treatment for the codependent is possible. You too deserve to be happy, joyous and free! Contact Serenity Vista Retreat today!
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