I just finished reading the book “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell.
This book goes into great detail on what it takes to become a Navy Seal.
Of course, as I always do, I related his experiences to what it takes for an addicted child to find and maintain long-term recovery.
For example, one of Marcus’ instructors said to him: “Marcus, the body can take d*** near anything. It’s the mind that needs training. The question that guy was being asked involved mental strength. Can you handle such injustice? Can you cope with that kind of unfairness, that much of a setback, and still come back with your jaw set, still determined, swearing to God you will never quit? That’s what we are looking for.”
That statement was followed by: “He closed by telling us the real battle is won in the mind. It’s won by guys who understand their areas of weakness, who sit and think about it, plotting and planning to improve, attending to the detail. Work on your weaknesses and overcome them.”
This is what it takes to become a Navy Seal but these requirements parallel what it takes to accept long-term recovery from alcohol or other drugs.