Tenacity can be defined: as, the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose.
Getting Things Done in Recovery
The life of the drug addict or alcoholic involves evading responsibilities and hiding from difficulties. The addict/alcoholic believes that the key to life is to avoid problems, and they do this by approaching the world through a cloud of intoxication. When people become sober they need to adopt a new attitude. If they fail to do so they will not find much happiness in their new life. One of the more important mental attributes that the individual will benefit from fostering is that of being tenacious. Bill Wilson writes in the book, Alcoholics Anonymous, the following:”It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe”
As a active drug addict and alcoholic, I never used only part of what I had to drink. smoke, inject, snort, pop, huff, ect. , ect.. I cant imagine myself of only smoking 90% of a $20 rock of crack, leaving some alone. Once I started drinking a fifth of whiskey, the only time it was left partly filled is when I would pass out, only to finish it off, when I came to. I used and drank like the Folgers coffee slogan – good to the last drop!!!
With my sobriety I am as tenacious with the recovery program, as I was with my past using and drinking. Why would I only want to do part of the work, which is what gives me my life back, and fulfills every dream and desire, I’ve ever needed or wanted.