How to Live Your Life Free from Addiction

How to Live Your Life Free from Addiction


How to Live Your Life Free from Addiction by Patrick Meninga

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  • Help for Addiction. 1
  • Everything you know about treating addiction is wrong. 1
  • You are responsible for finding your own path in recovery. 2
  • It makes sense to seek a better solution. 3
  • There are 2 stages of recovery. 4
  • The key to stage one recovery is overwhelming force. 5
  • You must transition to creative recovery. 5
  • The most effective treatments are ones that facilitate the transition to creative recovery. 7
  • There are 3 fundamental strategies for any successful recovery. 7
  • What got you clean will not keep you clean. 8
  • You must build self-esteem through personal growth and self-care (not affirmations!) 10
  • Romantic relationships + early recovery = Extreme danger. 11
  • Recovery is a process. Your tactics can and will change over time. 12
  • External motivation produces extremely poor results. Self-motivated addicts don’t fare so well either. 13
  • The cost of continuing to use drugs and alcohol is ridiculously high. 14
  • Spiritual growth is necessary for long term success. 15
  • Self-pity is a dangerous indulgence that can potentially destroy you. 16
  • Resentment is a dangerous indulgence that can potentially kill you. 18
  • The secret of taking action is to take action. 19
  • Growth in recovery is almost never linear. 20
  • Gratitude is a critical mindset. 22
  • Meetings are a tactic, not a strategy. Using them as a long term recovery strategy creates another dependency. 23
  • Statistically, the odds are heavily stacked against you. It doesn’t matter. 24
  • “Relapse prevention” is mostly a gimmick. Coping skills are just more tactics. 25
  • Addiction is complicated. 27
  • Comprehensive solutions for addiction are necessarily complicated. 28
  • Recovery is a state of learning. 29
  • There are at least 3 levels of denial. 31
  • Complacency is twice as dangerous as resentments are. 32
  • Sponsorship is of limited usefulness. Treat it as such. 34
  • Short term residential treatment (28 days or less) has little to no effect on long term outcomes. 35
  • Sometimes addiction is not the biggest problem in a person’s life. Trying to treat addiction in these cases is futile without addressing other needs. 37
  • For young people, traditional treatment models (12 step programs) are proven to be worse than no treatment at all. 38
  • Behavioral approaches to recovery do not work. 39
  • Any recovery program that can treat everyone won’t really help anyone. 40
  • Coping skills are secondary to lifestyle changes. The structure of the addict’s life must change. 41
  • You are blessed. Be wary of taking full credit for it. 42
  • 6 Things That a Recovering Alcoholic Needs to Learn in Order to Stay Sober 44
  • How to make a “zero tolerance” policy with yourself about not taking any mood or mind altering substances. 44
  • How to embrace a creative mindset so that you are actively shaping the story of your life, rather than just letting things happen to you and then playing the victim all the time. 47
  • How to overcome complacency. 50
  • How to communicate like a human being (to put it bluntly, how to stop acting like a jerk). 52
  • How to have fun while sober. 55
  • And finally, you have to learn that taking massive, positive, action in your life trumps careful planning every time. 57
  • 101 Helpful Tips on How to Stay Clean and Sober 61
  • About the Author 70
  • Get Help for Addiction Now.. 71


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