Every day is a day when we must reaffirm our commitment to sobriety. Many recovery programs incorporate daily activities, such as prayer and meditation, that allow us to reestablish a connection with a higher power of our own conception to guide us through the day with happiness, joyousness, and freedom. This way, we are much less likely to fall victim to negative emotional states that could potentially put us at risk of relapse. When we began on our journey of recovery, we made a commitment that we were willing to go to any lengths to achieve victory over alcoholism and addiction. Overtime, we may begin to feel complacent and let up on the requirements of our chosen recovery program. Perhaps we attend fewer meetings, pray and meditate less, or stop doing our best to help others. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous explains, “It is easy to let up on a spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle fore. We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.” When we begin to let go of aspects of our recovery, we may soon feel the return of thoughts and behaviors that guided us during our time in active addiction. Addiction is never cured. The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains, “Addiction is a complex but treatable disease that affects brain function and behavior. Drugs of abuse alter the brain’s structure and function, resulting in changes that persist long after drug use has ceased. This may explain why drug abusers are at risk for relapse even after long periods of abstinence and despite the potentially devastating consequences.” These changes take time, and require that we continue to do our best and engage as effectively as possible with our chosen program of recovery. Every day we should take the time to remember why it is that we decided to strive for a life in sobriety, how damaging our addiction was, and what we can do to maintain the commitment we made to go to any lengths for victory of alcohol and drugs.
Your life can become one of health and happiness in sobriety. You can change the story or your life by making the decision to seek help now. Oceanfront Recovery, located in beautiful Laguna Beach, is staffed with experienced and compassionate professionals determined to help you decide what you need in order to continue down a path to success, so that once you’re ready to step back into the world, you can do so with confidence, equipped with the skills and tools necessary to live a happy, substance-free life. For information about individualized treatment options, please call today: (877) 279-1777