Today is Day 10… Yay me. I’ve been following all my blogs, working with Belle and using the SmartRecovery program these past 10 days to try and help me stay the course. I’ve been hesitant to tag myself with the AA label and admit that I’m an alcoholic, it seems so negative so I’ve loved the thought process behind SmartRecovery and I love this post even more regarding whether you are or aren’t an alchoholic.
Smart doesn’t tie you to labels (alcoholic, drug addict, etc) because they feel they lead to feelings of hopelessness, they’re move about empowering us to be more confident in our decisions. Instead of thinking “I will have to fight this all my life” to “I used to have an addictive behavior but choose now not to act that way”. Just the change in syntax makes me feel better and not as hopeless.
I heard a quote in the meeting the other day: “Addiction is when you align your values to match your behaviors. Recovery is when you align your behaviors to match your values.”