“Is it Luck or Just a Way of Thinking?”



Background to the St“Its just sheer luck I’m still alive” those are the words we as counselors in the substance abuse field frequently hear. Those recovering from an addiction who have the opportunity to look back at their addictive lifestyle and behaviors most often cringe at what they recall. It is not what they lost or what they gained in the addiction, but its how they were able to still be alive to look back at the risks involved in their addiction. Being in recovery and making through the adversities is a way of life or what we consider a “LIFESTYLE”.

The way we think, the way we dress, the way we behave, how we treat our family, the people we allow into our social network, the things we do, the careers we succeed in, even down to the type of food we eat, are all the components of what makes up our lifestyle to name a few. When in an active addiction these are all areas which become affected in our lives. We destroy these components unintentionally, due to the capacity of the addiction. The only thinking is being self-absorbed and satisfying the desire of self-gratification.

Upon the need for recovery, the pleasurable thinking once fueling the addiction, now becomes the motivation for recovery. The thoughts of sobriety, accomplishments, love and belonging are now the foundation of the “LIFESTYLE” sought after. Our way of thinking has shifted to adopt the demand of what we now see as a “LIFESTYLE”.

The internal locus of control during an active addiction and recovery are magnified through the intensity of what is being aspired. It is the way we think which controls what we do and the outcome of our situations. It would not be accurate to state one has the full potential of all outcomes in life, but it is surely accurate to state the way of thinking is a substantial part and parcel of our “LIFESTYLE” and not just sheer luck.

BES Group / Solutions Plus

The BES Group, Inc. has been involved in intervention, prevention, education and treatment of alcohol and other drugs since 1989. Various grants and contracts have been written, awarded and implemented by the organization to provide prevention and treatment services in the Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth areas.

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  • Nissa Morton March 12, 2015

    I agree that it isn’t sheer luck that a lot of individuals with addictions manage to stay alive. They do become lost in their new way of life and the “lifestyle” that was once their life is transformed into a new life, a life that isn’t recognized by those that love them. An addict do become self-absorbed and hurt those around them, but it is truly amazing when an addict seeks help and start the recovery process. They realize that this lifestyle isn’t the one for them anymore and a change is needed, before it’s too late. Interesting article!!


  • Adriana March 12, 2015

    Wow, what an amazing article and eye opener.


  • Michael March 13, 2015

    This was a nice passage, it touches the hearts of those who have found themselves in this position. Very special read!!!


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