Coming into recovery was like learning a new way to think, a new way to speak and a new way to live. Early in my recovery, I would look up the definitions to different things because there were words that I had always heard and thought I understood, but that I needed to relearn in the context of recovery from addiction. One of those words was faith.
Some of the things I have heard often said about faith in recovery is that it is the strong belief and confidence in something or someone; the substance of things hoped for, but yet unseen and that faith without works is dead.
In this video, I explore what these thoughts mean to me and how they apply to my personal path of recovery. Why it is a risk for me to try and fit in and be “normal” instead of accepting myself exactly as I am, as how I am meant to be and being personally responsible for my mental wellness and recovery.
For me, having faith in the process of recovery means that by staying sober, having faith in my Higher Power, working a program of recovery and helping others, I have faith that I will have a good life. This does not mean a perfect life or the exact life I design, but a good life with peace, purpose and all my needs are met.
Sometimes I don’t get what I want because it’s not what’s best for me. What I want is not the plan for my life. This was true with my relationship with my children’s father. I wanted to be a family and we just didn’t work. This is true with any relationship wounds that I perceive as rejection. I learn again and again that I cannot control other people. I also learn that rejection is God’s way of protecting me from placing my faith in people that do not have the capacity to love me. When I am in pain, I must be honest about that pain. Not deny it. Feel it. Learn from it. Then turn to my Higher Power and trust that the things that are meant for me will not pass me by, they will stay and place my trust and faith in the process of recovery.
I hope you enjoy this video of me talking about having faith in the process of recovery. I am very grateful for everyone that engages and encourages me in sharing my education & experience by commenting, liking & subscribing to my YouTube channel. Your encouragement means a lot to me. I am very grateful for your support! Frances Stone CCAC #addiction #recovery