Recovery Is Not Just for Addicts

Gratitude and Trust is a groundbreaking self-help book that applies classic recovery principles to help non-addicts find contentment and happiness. Paul Williams and Tracey Jackson have designed a new, positive program, based on a half-dozen affirmations, that can help you conquer your voices, address personal dysfunctions, and start to brighten your darkest moods.

From Chapter One, Gratitude and Trust

The advantage (if you can call it that) that addicts have is that they have their identifiable addictions. Whether you are an alcoholic, a drug addict, a compulsive gambler, or an uncontrollable overeater, you know what you are fighting.

But if you are a woman who makes poor love choices, a serial philanderer, someone who sabotages friendships in the workplace by gossiping, someone whose go-to emotion is fear, or someone whose neediness drives people away, there is a good chance you have remained blissfully unaware of your addiction until significant damage has been done.

The saddest wake-up call of all is the news that your actions have brought damaging turbulence into your daily life and more often than not the lives of others. Most likely, none of you are lacking for concerned friends or family members who are more than willing to act as human billboards reminding you where you fall short.

You screw up, the wife points out why, you turn to her with a look of intense gratitude and say, “Thank God you were there, Cindy. I never noticed. THAT won’t happen again!” Meanwhile, back in real life, we know that seldom happens.

More often than not, the repeated complaints of partners, lovers, and friends only drives us deeper into our cave of “Honor thy cravings; screw the rest of the world.” Addiction is a powerful foe.

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Six Affirmations of Personal Freedom

The six affirmations we offer are useless if you don’t employ them vigorously and often. At best, they’ll become lovely little sayings worth of a needlepoint pillow.

To make them effective tools in reconstructing the way you live your life, you’ll need to make them as much a part of your day as your toothbrush, razor, or morning run.

1. Something needs to change, and it’s probably me.

2. I don’t know how to do this but something inside me does.

3. I will learn from my mistakes and not defend them.

4. I will make right the wrongs I’ve done whenever possible.

5. I will examine my behavior on a daily basis.

6. I will live in love and service, gratitude and trust.

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Excerpted from Gratitude & Trust by Paul Williams and Tracey Jackson. Copyright © 2014 by Paul Williams and Tracey Jackson. Excerpted by permission of Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA). All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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