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Recover to Live: Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction: Your Self-Treatment Guide to Alcohol, Drugs, Eating Disorders by Christopher Kennedy Lawford

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XII

Having a Life Worth Living—the Art of Recovery

Part of me suspects that I’m a loser, and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty.

—John Lennon

People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something that one finds. It is something that one creates.

—Thomas Szasz

What Is Recovery … What Does It Look Like?

My own journey into recovery was about authenticity. When I got clean and sober I had no idea that the greatest gift would be finding (or creating) my authentic self. It was a very painful, arduous, inconsistent pathway, and I made a lot of wrong moves on the way. But I’m a totally different person at 25 years in recovery than I was at 15 years of recovery.

I thought getting into a recovery ...

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