Why “Surrender To Win” Seems Like A Contradiction

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The words “surrender to win” do not make much sense at first glance, but the concept is a key component of addiction recovery. In terms of combat, surrender means to stop fighting. It is associated with losing and with giving up to an opponent. In terms of recovery, surrender becomes “surrender to win” because of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits that will be gained. For an alcoholic or addict, the notion of giving up alcohol or the drug of choice is terrifying. Once an individual has become dependent on alcohol or drugs to be a constant companion and to help alleviate fear, tension, insecurity and resentment, the idea of making decisions and taking action without relying on substances is intimidating at best. It seems impossible. The fear of facing withdrawal symptoms, which often can be quite severe, also turns people away from seeking treatment. In surrendering the battle with alcohol and drug addiction, however, the end result is winning. By giving up, or surrendering, lies, deceit, financial and legal troubles, physical illness and emotional confusion, an alcoholic or drug addict begins the journey toward winning back a productive life.

When Addicts ‘Surrender To Win,’ They Gain Freedom

When alcoholics and drug addicts decide to seek treatment and “surrender to win,” they have everything to gain. By learning that they cannot control the thoughts and actions of others, they are free to work on themselves. By learning that they can redirect their thinking and restore their physical health without the use of chemical substances, they are free to make new choices. By learning about the underlying emotional issues that have contributed to their addiction, they are free to explore new relationships and healthier ways to communicate. By learning about the spiritual deficit that accompanies addiction, they are free to experience a world of greater depth and meaning.

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