When everything seems to be going against you, remember that an airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. -Henry Ford
It is very difficult to make the transition from addiction to recovery. Often this transition represents a cataclysmic shift taking place during a time of deep personal chaos. There is a direct connection between the level of dependence we have to our addictions and the degree to which we must apply ourselves to making this shift successfully. Luckily, it is often the mechanics of the difficulty itself that can act as a catalyst for these important changes. In our desire to overcome the ever-increasing levels of discomfort that usually accompany addiction, lies the motivation we might not have had when the addictions weren’t so bad. Like the head wind required to help lift an airplane off the ground, we can use the pain, chaos, and dysfunction that are so often unavoidable components of addiction to propel us toward our recovery.