In my recovery, primary addictions I deal with are alcohol, mind altering drugs, and nicotine. The common reckoning of success is either I consumed or I did not consume the substance. And with that form of reckoning, I am successful in my sobriety/abstention from these addictions.
Over the years, two other addictions I continue to face are compulsive overeating and workaholism. I am not someone who wants to get “holy” as it were, and achieve some altered state nearing perfection in all that I do. For me, that is a certainly a losing battle, as my family and friends will certainly attest. But I also know that for those issues, like food and work, that continually manifest themselves in the same way as did alcohol and drugs – escape and not dealing with life on life’s terms – I am compelled to address them. As I often share with others – if I am as satisfied as I want to be with my existence, then there really is no need to change – but I cannot complain about that existence either. That seems to be the key.
And without change, there is no change. I learned that very early on with alcohol and drugs. I made radical changes in how I deal with life. I need to keep in the forefront of my understanding this basic fact in all aspects of recovery.