Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.
One of the biggest barriers that keep us active in our addictive patterns is the inability to believe that we could live without any particular addiction. For many, there is a period between having a sincere desire to become addiction free and finally finding our way to sobriety where we feel helpless because we cannot comprehend our life with or without that addiction. This is one of the most important reasons to find and associate with people who have already learned to live free of their addictions. When we do so, it starts to create the belief that if they can do it, maybe we can do it. It starts to create our ability to imagine that a life free of addiction is possible. And while this imagining is not the same as achievement, often it is the springboard for the type of change that may lead us to recovery. Part of the human condition is that it is much easier to believe—to imagine—only what we can see with our own eyes. When we allow ourselves to spend time with other people who are in various stages of recovery from addiction, we become much more available to the possibility of recovering ourselves.