Posted by: Barbara Wilbur for ElysJoy Church | January 26, 2013

Waiting is Tough

Waiting is ToughFor those people the closest to someone recovering from an addiction, waiting can be the biggest challenge.  You begin to see glimpses of the person you remember peeking through and your tendency often is to help them along.  Unfortunately, like a caterpillar fighting to break free of a cocoon  strength is built up in the struggle.  Proverbs 3:5 says ” Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;”  

Although we don’t understand many things that may be happening around us, we an rest  in the fact that God has a plan and it is the best possible outcome for the family and the person recovering.  I read a great blog this morning from Recovery SI called “Stigma: Overcoming the effects that list actionable items those closest to someone working through addiction can do that will make a difference for all.     Here is a recap of a few.

  • Don’t treat abstinence as a big deal. There are plenty of opportunities to have fun without alcohol or drugs.
  • Don’t feel you must ‘do for’ the recovering person. They are not helpless.
  • Don’t expect everyone else to understand. They don’t. 
  • Practice patience.  Easier said than done.

Remember, trust in God and just pick one thing to do today that progresses you in life.  God is always for you so rest in the fact that a bigger picture is evolving with eternity in mind.

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