Series Two: Blog Seventy
“The human capacity for burden is like bamboo- far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance”- Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper
Resilience is the capacity that a person has to adapt and readily recover from adversity. It is evidenced in the picture that contrasts the mighty oak that fought the wind and was broken and the willow which bent when it must and survived. Recovery from addiction requires resilience. There are many up and down experiences. Addicts must develop the capacity to adapt in order to do recovery on life’s terms. As life unfolds, plans are foiled and people disappoint. Flexibility is necessary in order to maintain long term sobriety. Chaos gives way to calm in recovery when an addict practices resilience.
A 12-step community is a place to practice collective resilience. Every person within the community struggles with the same issues of craving and need for sobriety. The power of resilience can deepen in a collective way. Collective resilience encourages collective courage. In a 12-step community everyone is invited to deepen the practice of resilience while facing the adversities that are inevitable in the recovery journey.
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