Posted by: Terri Johnston Fraracci | July 31, 2015

Taking Up the Roots Of Addiction

Out wrestling with crabgrass one early morning, I suddenly realized how similar the path of addiction is. (I call weeding my Zen time because I am focused and not easily distracted by all the bells and whistles of the rest of the world.)

Crabgrass is not satisfied with one root, but freely lays down more, every few inches until, left unchecked, it completely takes over. The longer you let it go, the more meticulous you must be at uprooting every single area or it will insidiously begin its takeover again, and before you know it your garden is being choked out again.


Addiction works the same way. Taking root is only the beginning. The longer you let it go, the more areas of your life go down, one by one, to the constant encroachment of the disease. Unchecked, addiction will eventually become so deeply entrenched that it will literally take over your life.


Don’t wait until the stronghold is secure. You can uproot this disease by stopping it in its tracks and ripping out the roots, one by one, until you get to the core. Once you have done that, addiction will have no place to take hold in you. Does that mean you’re done? No. You must take such good care of your sobriety that no weed is allowed to take a single root.

But once you are free of the choke hold addiction has on you, you will have what it takes to keep it out of your life. You will find that tending to your life, much like a garden, is rewarding in a way you could never imagine when you were allowing the weeds of addiction to thrive. Without weeds, and with attentive nurturing and loving care, you will bloom again. In fact, you will bloom in a way that will pleasantly surprise you. 

Unchecked, addiction will eventually become so deeply entrenched that it will literally take over your life.

*If you would like help stopping the addiction, please see links below for general information as well as meetings in your area:

http://www.aa.org/

https://www.na.org/

http://www.celebraterecovery.com/

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