The U.S. Navy has more than 400,000 sailors and administrative personnel. But they have an elite team, Navy S.E.A.L.S., who are committed to developing and maintaining the skills and resources it takes to perform at the highest level. Seventy-five percent of navy seal applicants drop out before completing training. Within our fellowship, there is also a high dropout rate. A Radical Recovery Warrioris like a Navy Seal in that they are committed to developing and maintaining the skills and resources it requires to become an addiction survivor; to achieve the goals established by the original members of A.A:
1. “We were willing to go to any lengths to achieve victory over alcohol.”
2. “We were willing to go to any lengths to find a spiritual experience.”
RADICAL: The word “radical” can bring to mind images of extreme anarchy or violent revolution, but according to Webster’s Dictionary, the word radical has a much softer connotation. It is defined as getting to the root or origin of something. This is consistent with the radical approach to recovery taken by the original A.A. members: “We had to get down to causes and conditions.” (A.A. Page 45)
RECOVERY: To regain something that was lost or taken away.
WARRIOR: To become a warrior, or an addiction,survivor requires courage, commitment, discipline, perseverance, and endurance. A warrior is a protector of ideals, principles, and honor. A warrior seeks to be both noble and heroic, essential qualities we need to develop as we begin the process of transforming our cravings for pills, alcohol, or drugs into cravings for freedom, courage, honesty, integrity, peace, and humility. Like the warrior, the most formidable obstacle we have to overcome is our own self. The original A.A. members understood this. “Self manifested in various ways was what defeated us… bottles were only a symbol.” (A.A. Page 45)
THE FIVE STAR RADICAL RECOVERY PROGRAM
M- Meditate: Forten to twenty minutes.
R -Read: The inspirational thought emailed each day.
S – Serve: Alleviate the suffering of others; be part of the solution; not the problem.
E – Exercise: Commit 5 to 30 minutes -stretch, walk, run, do pushups or sit-ups.
E – Eat Healthy. Food is a drug. It can nurture or destroy our bodies. Choose wisely.
The Five Star Radical Recovery Program helps each member of the team prioritize their daily activities. The key to success is honesty. It’s never, “I didn’t have time,” or “I was too busy.” It’s always, “I didn’t make it a priority.” And that may be occasions where there is a higher priority. The focus is on progress; not perfection.