One thing that's one my mind in the last day is my powerlessness and unmanageability in my life because of my addiction. This doesn't seem like a very positive statement, and it's seems to be counter to the positive attitude that may allow change to happen.
But, the reality is that this attitude really changes everything. Truly believing this powerlessness means that I have no option but to ask for help. If I could do this all by myself, I wouldn't post on this forum and look for support. I know I cannot completely rely on my beliefs because they have led me to go back to my addictive behavior over and over and over for a decade. This means I need to work through my beliefs and get feedback from others so that I can slowly change myself.
If I slip up, I want to learn from it. I cannot beat myself up. I can learn, get help, work recovery, and keep persevering.
I think the feeling of powerlessness comes from strings of repeated relapses which, ironically, often triggers strings of repeated relapses. The AVE effect that Phineas often speaks of comes to mind. You're right in that a slip up is just a slip up. I guess it's there is clearly things that we all still need to learn for our journey and elements of our life that we need to change & grow in.
Resilience & patience will see us through and, after all, giving up is not really an option right?