Many people with alcohol or drug addiction also have a smoking habit. When they enter addiction treatment, they may rely on cigarettes to help them through the tough recovery process. Many addicts who smoke ask, “How many vices do I have to give up at one time? Can’t I just smoke to get through rehab?”
Many of us strive for perfection in our lives, in relationships with family, and often even friends. We want to find the perfect spouse, live in the perfect house where we raise perfect children who receive all As, win first place medals, attend prestigious colleges on full scholarships, and establish successful careers.
The Second of The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is “Don’t Take Anything Personally.” This book chapter and following quotes teach key concepts that may provide helpful guidance for those struggling with savior complex tendencies: