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What are the Three C’s of Addiction Recovery

The Three Cs of Addiction Recovery are Clarity, Courage, Confidence

The Three Cs of Addiction Recovery

To live a life free from the pain and suffering of addiction is the hope that keeps us all open to changing and growing. Addiction hijacks a person’s hierarchy system and priorities by causing them to chase an empty promise instead of a life of meaning and purpose. It takes Courage, Clarity and Confidence to begin the recovery journey. Treatment, 12-Step Programs and family and friend support help to build the foundation of a new life.  Whether it is intensive outpatient, inpatient or any other treatment, recovery takes strength to make it.


Courage in the face of fear is required to continue trying when everything in your life seems to tell you that you should give up. Every person has access to courage we just have to take it one step at a time.  Franklin D. Roosevelt reminds us ‘Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.’


As part of the journey of recovery, we must find a community of people who have been where we want to go. Being around others who have made it through to the place of clarity in their sobriety know the path to help us get there.  Clarity comes from knowing the way and going the way. Billy Cox says it this way, “Clarity is power. The more clear you are on what you want, the more likely you are to achieve it.”


Confidence is the by-product of successful accomplishment. If you accomplish a minute of sobriety, you gain confidence to make it ten minutes. If you achieve a day of following the steps, you can make it a week. And if you can live a week sober, you can make it a month. If you are faithful to a 12- Step community for a month, are working the 12-Steps and have a solid sponsor you can make it a year. If you can make it a year sober, you can be free for a lifetime, one day at a time. The key is to start today winning the battle of sobriety minute by minute which will build your confidence to work toward a life of freedom and meaning. The confidence comes from the steps, doing the work and believing in something bigger than you are.