‘Miracle’ is simply the wonder of the unique that points us back to the wonder of everyday
-Maurice Friedman

Recovering from addiction is not miraculous. It can be very difficult to accomplish, but it doesn’t require a miracle. It is no more miraculous to work our way out of our addictive patterns than it was finding our way into them. Addictive patterns are a natural part of the human condition, and especially in the modern world, no one lives completely free from them. It is up to us, in fact, to decide when an attachment to something has become addictive, strong enough that it detracts from our ability to live as fully as we would like. But moving in and out of addictive patterns is ultimately a natural process and not something that should be considered miraculous or impossible. When we can learn to see our addictions as a dysfunctional coping mechanism, we can pursue a path of recovery that satisfies the underlying needs that the addictions attempted to provide. This process can be very difficult and can seem maddingly elusive. But it remains important to remember, that regardless of the means of recovery, the ability to recover is a natural process available to everybody, and ultimately a part of ‘everyday’ life.

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