In addictions such as to alcohol, drugs, gambling, work, nicotine, etc., the process of hitting bottom can be a pre-requisite for recovery. One cliché is that your bottom is where you stop digging. But, what happens after you stop digging?
The first action is to do something to improve the situation. Or, at least, start moving in a new direction. A supplementary process is to notice what you have and protect it. If you don’t value it, you’re more likely to let it go cheaply.
The successes, no matter how small, are something to value and preserve. It becomes an intuitive sense that one wants to maintain them.
It’s a transverse attitude to their focus on recovery systems and techniques. The idea is “I’ve lost everything but now that I’ve found a little better part life; I want it to stay with me.”
Abstinence and fear are repelling forces. Push away the danger; push it all away.
A desire to protect becomes an attraction that leads into the newly opened world.