In active addiction we are unavailable.
What this means is that, for a host of reasons, we become less and less committed – more and more unavailable – to things that give life. We become unavailable to family, friends, partners, etc. We become unavailable to others, ourselves and God, despite how available and committed they may remain to us.
Our rapidly vanishing availability to these life-giving things is paralleled by a cancerous growth in availability to all kinds of little, lesser, life-taking things. We make ourselves available to alcohol, work, sexual intrigue in thousands of forms, etc. We abandon our lives for another ‘hit’.
Beneath this tragic degradation of our commitments, is a failure or refusal to allow ourselves to receive love and life. We don’t feel ‘enough’ to deserve love, so we abandon it for a ‘hit’. And in the context of the addiction cycle, the low that follows a ‘hit’ only makes us feel less worthy of love – less able to be committed – or available – to it.
Step 3 speaks of handing our will and our lives over to the “care of God”. Within the “care of God”, we discover that we are ‘enough’ to deserve love. We are made worthy of love, because God “cares” for us, even amidst all our frailties, rebellion and hard-hardheartedness.
In recovery, we learn to abandon the addictions that kill, rob and destroy. We simply become unavailable to them. And – rather than swap one addiction for another – we learn to pursue and accept the life and love from those people and activities which give it.
We become available to life.