It takes endurance to be an addict. The physical struggle, the lying, the financial losses, the relationship losses, the day to day depression, the painful cravings, the fight to continue using never seems to end even though life just gets worse and worse. If you are tempted to pick up the first drink, drug, or illicit behavior, remember to "surrender to win." Addiction is stronger than you, but it is not stronger than a group of recovering addicts.
Do not fear change. Read the first step and make it apply to you.