Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.
-Albert Einstein.

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 terrifying period between wanting to face our addictions and finally doing so where we feel helpless to comprehend our life with or without our addiction. This is actually an important stage in the recovering process, and one that can be overcome best with some kind of exposure to others who have already crossed this frustrating threshold. When we see that others have successfully accomplished what seems impossible to us, we start to understand that we can do it too. It starts to create an ability to imagine that a life free of our addiction patterns is possible. And while imagining is a far cry from achievement, it can act as a springboard for the type of internal changes that may lead us to our own recovery. Part of the human condition is that it is easier to believe—to imagine—what we can see with our own eyes. Developing a connection with other people who are in various stages of their own recovery, we become much more available to the possibility of recovering ourselves.

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