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“TO CHANGE THE THINGS WE CAN” In surviving substance abuse addiction, it is not so much about the things that can be changed as recognizing the things that are out of our control. What makes addiction a deadly disease is that our distorted thinking wants to pick and choose the battle lines. This closed form of thinking, which is about how much we fight instead of accept, is the reason that millions go to their grave each year as a consequence. Many of those who die are collateral damage to the devastation of our addictions. Medical science has yet to create an antidote for pride, which keeps the addict in the bondage of self. This bondage insures that there appears to be no way out because of our powerlessness to change. It is our pride, which is false and misplaced because of distorted thinking, that tells us that we cannot be worthy unless we can run our own lives. The value that society places on pride only reinforces our distorted thinking. Power to change comes from stepping aside and letting the powers already in place work without interference. This is not an easy task for individuals who have invested all their resources on the proposition that the most important thing is to be able to control the way we feel.

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