Problems will always occur. That is life. That doesn't change. As one problem dissipates, another replaces it. However, we can change how we respond to problems. A recovery program helps us change so we can positively respond so we don't turn problems into trouble. Examples of daily PROBLEMS: (a) My neighbor hates my dog. (b) My eyesight weakens. (c) The internet connection fails. How I turn PROBLEMS into TROUBLE: (a) I let my RESENTMENT at my neighbor cause me to yell at my neighbor. (b) I let my STUBBORNESS and DENIAL keep me from getting glasses. (c) I let my ANGER at the internet provider cause me to throw a chair at the router and go get drunk. SOLUTION: Changing my responses from anger, stubborness, and resentment to UNDERSTANDING and ACCEPTANCE help me solve problems, not create trouble. Doing the 12 steps (particularly step 10) is a great way to keep character defects from interfering with our lives.
Today I won't let problems become trouble because I won't let my character defects (like anger, resentment and denial) interfere. If I feel a character defect begin to pop up, I will pause, breathe, and remember that character defects only turn problems into trouble. I will also remember that character defects make me feel bad and stressed and that these bad feelings can lead to a relapse.