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Russell brand is an English comedian, actor, radio host, passionate activist for mental health and drug rehabilitation, and author of several bestselling books.
Recovery: Freedom from our Addictions is his interpretation of the alcoholics anonymous 12-step program, which has given him freedom from all addictions.
The author shares honestly and emotionally, his own experience in the long struggle with his addictions. Heroin. Alcohol, sex, fame, and food. The reader may think this book is for addicts only, but the author claims it is for everyone.
Addiction is a condition when natural biological imperatives like the need for food, sex, relaxation, or status become prioritized to the point of destructiveness. According to Russell brand, consumerism and materialism are creating a culture of addiction and we all are on the scale somewhere because we are kept there by the age we live in.
The 12 step program is a simple system. Made up of timeless principles for managing our inner life so that you can deal with reality. It will make your life first manageable and then beautiful.
In the book, the author explains how we can overcome our destructiveness and oppressive habits, be liberated from tyrannical thinking and move from the invisible inner prison of addiction to a new freedom in the present.
The book consists of 13 chapters. 12 of them correlate to the 12 steps and each chapter ends with exercises to help the reader understand how to work the step.
The first three steps are about admitting that you have a problem that you need outside help. We are invited to admit that we are using some external thing or relationship, a drug or behavior as the power that makes our lives livable.
By admitting we are powerless over whatever it is we’re saying we need a new power. According to the author, what all addicts have in common is the presence of pain. A pain in the leg means don’t put pressure on this leg. A pain in the mind means change the way you live.
The impulse that makes the child eat too much chocolate is the same as the one that leads a person to heroin addiction. They use external resources to medicate because they feel uneasy inside. The addiction is the dominant power and it rules people’s choices, but what will happen if you accept that there is a greater power than you and it can guide you to a new way of being. This higher power can be God as you understand him.
Steps four through eight are about your past where your problems originated. You should do an inner search and make a fearless moral inventory of yourself, an inventory of feelings that are muddled and misunderstood and form a matrix of discontent that in the addict’s personality lead to destructive behaviors.
The author thinks that writing them down brings unconscious behavior to light and rewrites your past. At this point, you have to let go of your opinion of how other people, places and things ought to be. You accept that the world is the way it is, but you can change yourself. Then you share your inventory your wrongs with God, yourself and other human beings.
Russell Brand explains that seeing a pattern of repetitive behaviors that dominate his life was enlightening. It was a great revelation to learn that his problem was not alcohol, heroin, overeating, or sex, but a twisted system of beliefs brought on by trauma and shame. For him. It was the end of the loneliness and isolation as he claims the opposite of addiction is correction and our addictive behaviors.
We are trying to achieve the connection. The author identified 20 resentments that characterized his problems and read them to three different people. Then he started identifying the defects of character because defective behaviors lead to pain. And we must be willing to let go of them entirely. In his opinion, the core of the addictive condition is self-centeredness.
All the addicts think about is what they want. Only after they feel humility, can they ask themselves how to be useful to other people and prepare for service. Steps nine through 12 are about everyday life and fixing it. The author of yields that when he was an inactive addiction, it was disconnected and used drugs, alcohol, technology, sex, food domination, or some other external stimulant.
In order to reconnect, now he is seeking a different kind of connection, wanting to be of service, patient, tolerant, and kind. When he started to drink, eat, spend, et cetera. You have lost your connection to the great power within you. There’s something speaking to you and you don’t understand it because you have never listened to its language, his advices, spend time alone, right?
Pray, meditate. This is where we learned the language. The demands of the ego will never lead to anything other than suffering. Russell brand. It missed the, he used to think that happiness was merely distraction from the pain, the pain of disconnection. Following the program, he realized that to be happy, you must have a purpose and it can’t be sex, food, prestige, power, money, or pleasure.
He finally discovered that he has to dedicate his life to helping others and to be loving in all areas of his life. The author has been able to stay clean since 2002 by regularly attending 12 step groups and by accepting the principle of living one day at a time. The program first got him free of drugs and alcohol.
Then it gave him a way to be a better man. The book recovery freedom from our addictions by Russell brand is a courageous, healing and uplifting book. Packed with British humor and personal stories, it gives sensible nonpreachy and nonreligious help to everyone trying to fight an addiction, but you don’t need to be an addict to like this book.
It guides you to learn more about yourself and encourages you to take a step towards a life of less drama and more happiness.