Even if your life is falling apart because of an addiction,
on some level you must believe that you deserve a healthier more satisfying life. You would not be here otherwise. Your spouse and children also deserve a better life. You
may be facing relationship breakdowns, health issues and financial concerns due
to the addiction yet still there is a part of you that knows you were not meant
to live this way.
This is not who I really am.
We know that people come back from the edge. From a feeling
of failure to a feeling of joy, meaning and accomplishment, the road begins
with the knowing that you were meant for more. In spite of the challenges you
have faced related to your addiction, within there still remains some small
measure of hope, or you would not be here, reading.
Knowing that you deserve more is not arrogant; it does not
signal that you are coming from a place of entitlement. Rather, it demonstrates a deep knowing that your inner worth is still intact
regardless of past actions and decisions. We are born with an inner worth, a
value that does not get diminished via life’s hard lessons.
If we can be humble
enough to recognized that we have not yet lived into our potential, accept the
disappointment of that and move from the idea of “healing” to the idea of
“growing” we can see that each one of us does in fact deserve to live a
healthy, abundant meaningful life.