Six Essentials To Achieve Lasting Recovery

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Six Essentials Summary Six Essentials to Achieve Lasting Recovery is a self-help book written by Sterling Shumway and Thomas Kimball, talks about six principles to good recovery and how addictions affect individual differences such as biological, social and spiritual. The book defines recovery as a process of growth over time, with no punctuated final outcome. Both process and outcome are important to recovery. A process can be seen as journey and outcomes as the benefit. However addict should keep in mind recovery is a day to day process and to achieve this lasting recovery, addicts must put more effect in recovery. Hope is the first essential of achieving of achieving lasting recovery. Hope is when addicts hit rock bottom and know there …show more content…
This section gives addicts ways to cope and manage pain in their life. Finding healthy ways to cope with addiction can be done through support of family, friends, sponsors, 12 steps groups, counselor and so on. With the help of these people, it gives addicts internal support to fight addiction. If by any reason addicts do not get the support they want, they should not blame themselves and know some people will let them down and that should not bring them down. Instead, find a way to forgive themselves and know they are worthy of others. Making amends is a great way coping skills for addicts. It limits their constant shame on themselves and they realize other can accept them for who they are. Listening to the inner voice in their head saying they cannot do and do not deserve to be happy in life should be ignored. Sterling uses his father as an example. How his father counsel was very useful during his recovery and always helped him maintain a relationship with is higher …show more content…
Self-talk is a good to achieve a positive identity of oneself. As addicts go on with their recovery their negative thought is replace by positive things like they are “a good person capable of achieving great things(107).” Addicts writing down positive affirmation about themselves and saying them repeatedly. Doing this repeatedly, their subconscious mind picks up on it and begin to believe it. But it is not easy because addiction always self-talk to themselves negatively so these positive affirmations will be a foreign concept to the subconscious. As they keep doing it they subconscious become similar with the affirmation and believe it. With the help of this self-talk, addict begins to understand their unique gifts and talents and develop a specific and unique identity with all the accomplishment they have achieved. Relapse is an important part of this section. If by any chance addicts relapse they should not beat themselves and think all their progression has been in vain. Addict should quickly return recovery after relapsing because the longer they continue using the hard it will get back to

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