Acceptance is a key component of alcohol and drug recovery. Acceptance can mean a host of things, from accepting your lot in life as a former and recovering substance abuse addict, to accepting that life may not have turned out perfectly in the past, to accepting that recovery will be a very difficult undertaking. Acceptance requires the attitude of turning away from past failures, accepting your failures as they are, and looking forward to create a new, healthy and sustainable life in its place.
A great deal of acceptance in the realm of alcohol addiction and recovery involves understand and conceding that those addicted to alcohol and drugs relinquished their complete control to the substances, and were powerless to stop the scourge of those substances on their bodies. Unwillingness to admit alcoholism or drug addiction likely leads to many people’s continued use of alcohol and drugs, and thus it is necessary to fully accept your problems to effectively approach them.
Acceptance during the alcohol and drug recovery program is also critical in that when you accept you are an alcoholic or drug addict, you completely and totally surrender to that fault and are prepared to fix it at all costs. Acceptance means understanding that for the rest of your life, it may not be possible to consume any of the substance you formerly abused, and accepting that as a reality and a requirement that you must make for yourself.
Acceptance is personal, too. You can obviously talk to your spouse or loved ones, of course, but acceptance is best done and most effectively taken on when you completely and fully accept your own faults, lay acceptance for your own responsibilities, and then take responsibility for those actions.
Acceptance during recovery helps you see past delusion. It allows you to admit the problems you had, accept them as a reality, and start to deal with them adequately. Those who fail to practice and work towards acceptance will have a very difficult time working through recovery and seeing their own faults.
When you see your faults and accept where you fell short, you are on the first step to a full and complete recovery that will likely and hopefully be permanent. No excuses. No beating around the bush, so to speak. Just authentic and complete acceptance that leads towards recovery, and a full acceptance of your own responsibility in your habits and past of addiction.
Acceptance is not an easy undergoing by any stretch of the imagination. It can be very difficult to come by for people at any stage of the recovery process from addiction. However, the good news is that with a lot of very hard work, and a look inward, acceptance is one of the most important and effective steps towards recovery.