Sometimes intellect can be a form of denial. (Trust me on that, I know from experience.) Our intellectual pride can tell us that we have to know all the details about our addiction so that we can make the proper decisions about our recovery. But this is a simple program, and we really don’t have to know all that much. What we need is experience.
Knowledge is good, but insisting on knowing and neglecting the doing is bad. As Walt Disney is said to have commented, “If you want to get something done, stop talking and get started.” It’s easy to become too introspective and hooked on figuring things out, to the detriment of actually working a program of recovery.
The more we know about our disease the better, but reading the map isn’t enough. We have to dig in order to find the treasure.