Addiction is, among other things, typified by a number of behaviors, routines and rituals all in service of the disease. Hours of the day can easily be spent making certain steps to ensure, that when all is said and done, euphoria will be achieved. And once it is, a switch is usually flipped sending the mind back into what will be required of one to ensure they are able to experience the same desired sensations again. In treatment centers and the various rooms of recovery it is often said that drugs and alcohol are but symptoms of a much greater problem.
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Whenever life gets tough, there is a natural tendency to want to avoid it. Practicing acceptance helps reduce stress and fear. You can learn how to cope with just about anything - as long as you know how. Fear plays a big factor here.
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They arise out of ourselves; and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he or she does not think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness. We must or it kills us! Several years ago, mid-affair, my life was about me; how everyone was to relate to me, how Samantha was to please me, and how my own little world had me at the center of it. Even while serving others, somehow it very easily became about me.
Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness. We must, or it kills us! God makes that possible. And there often seems no way of entirely getting rid of self without His aid. Many of us had moral and philosophical convictions galore, but we could not live up to them even though we would have liked to. Neither could we reduce our self-centeredness much by wishing or trying on our own power.