In our journey toward sobriety, we may find ourselves at a point where we feel as though we are just “going through the motions” of our program. We find ourselves losing the feeling of excitement we had when we first entered into our recovery program. Boredom was often a reason for our past use, and can easily lead us back into our old patterns of thinking. Feelings of discontent and self-pity may return, putting us in danger of relapse. Recovery is not simply about sobriety, it’s about recovering from a hopeless state of body and mind through personal and spiritual growth. The moment we feel that we are no longer developing in our sobriety, it may be time to reevaluate our program and make necessary changes. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous warns that “it is easy to let up on a spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels.” We must look as honestly and objectively as possible at our program of recovery. Perhaps, in our self-reflection, we will realize that we have been letting up on certain aspects of our program. This may be a time to get reconnected with the recovery community or our chosen fellowship, or to go back through the work of our program. Sometimes, however, we cannot find a source of our sense of unfulfillment. We have been doing the same things as before, we haven’t let up on any aspect of our program, and there is no obvious answer for why we don’t seem to be growing in sobriety. In this case, we may find it helpful to make a few small changes to our daily routine. This could be as simple as exploring new meetings, taking on new responsibilities in our program, or creating new goals for ourselves. Fear can be paralyzing for many men and women recovering from the disease of addiction. We are afraid to move forward or take chances. The prospect of maintaining the same routine, however boring it may be, seems like a better choice than taking any sort of risk that could cause us to lose our stability. Though seemingly justifiable, this lack of forward momentum can be disastrous for someone on the path of recovery. Through our program, we have been given a new design for living, and we must be fearless in our application of this new design. This means we embrace change as an opportunity to for growth and never shy away from engaging in new opportunities that have the potential to aid us in our personal development.
You can make the choice to change the story of your life. Oceanfront Recovery is a treatment center with a professional and compassionate staff of detoxification specialists dedicated to making the process as comfortable as possible. For more information about Drug and Alcohol Detox Programs or other treatment options, please call: (877) 279-1777