The first step in the recovery process is effective screening and assessment process.

Screening and assessment is the process in which an individuals condition is evaluated to determine the fundamental nature and degree of the addiction and the kind of program and/or therapy that will be most effective and appropriate. This is best done by an addiction recovery professional who is competent in assessing the individual’s condition and make the best recommendation.

An effective recovery program requires that the patient/client partner themselves with others, specifically the program or professional and/or recovering community. While the program/professional/recovering community brings assistance, guidance and support, the patient/client must be willing to apply themselves with total dedication if their attempt to recover is to be successful. The three ingredients that the patient/client must bring is their own honesty, openmindedness and willingness.

Honesty is key in order for the recovering person to address the fundamental denial and misinformation that have contributed to the addiction cycle in their lives. Honesty is best expressed by the individual’s commitment to be transparent about the reality of their lives, specifically how they feel about their addictive behaviors and dependencies, and the consequences it has had on their lives and others. Being honest with the people who are there to help them is indispensable. People who are unwilling to get honest do not recover from addiction.

Being open-minded is essential for recovery. If a person cannot recognize and accept all avenues for treatment, support and recovery that are available, they will have a very difficult time breaking the cycle of addiction. Addicts usually have fear based personalities and attitudes which  lead to stubbornness and antagonism, and this usually keeps the addict stuck blinding them from recognizing and applying solutions that will make a difference in their lives. People who are successful in recovery have learned to lay themselves open; entrusting themselves to others who are there to help them.

An addict has to be willing to change. There is an old saying in successful recovery environments that goes like this, “There is only one thing you have to change, and that one thing is everything about you.”

If a person wants to recover from their addictions long term, they must be willing to change their attitudes and thought processes. And the best way to change addicted attitudes and thoughts long term is to be willing to change their behaviors today.

This month's step
We became entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

This week's scripture
You're blessed when you get your inside world--your mind and heart--put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
Matthew 5:8 The Message

This week's quote
"Since most of us are born with an abundance of natural desires, it isn’t strange that we often let these far exceed their intended purpose. When they drive us blindly, or we willfully demand that they supply us with more satisfactions or pleasures that are possible or due us, that is the point at which we depart from the degree of perfection that God wishes for us here on earth. That is the measure of our character defects or if you wish, of our sins."
Alcoholics Anonymous