To practice compassion attentiveness is to be compassionate.
That transformation in one moment in time, from being self-absorbed due to painful addiction to becoming outwardly compassionate, is a first and powerful step to recovery. The many moments that follow are many opportunities for small changes that can have a profound impact on experience, thought, and even personality. Each moment and each experience are networked with thousands of thoughts and feelings. When compassion begins to rise in the ravines of the soul, the power to create beautiful, compassionate experiences is boundless. The exponential effect of acting compassionately then overflows... filling up the lives of family, friends and others in our lives.
The Fact of Relapse
According to National Institute on Drug Abuse, relapse rates for drug addiction are around an astounding 40-60%. In cases of Opiate Addiction, the rate is as high as 85%. In spite of the abundance of inpatient and outpatient care available to people in need of help, an enormous number of addicts will relapse several times and may never be totally free of their addiction.
People often say, “I married my Soul Mate.” But, the fact is that no one marries their Soul Mate. Couples become Soul Mates after sharing their lives together through good and bad times. They eventually reach a point in their relationship when they are two bodies but one mind and one Soul.
Addicts in psychotherapy are often ambivalent about whether they are ready to act compassionately, even if their own recovery depends on it. You may ask, what could possibly cause ambivalence in the area of compassion?