Recovery is a journey, not a destination. You don’t arrive to recovery and you don’t graduate. Recovery is a lifelong, daily decision. Try not to be overwhelmed. You have to take your sobriety one day at a time. Enjoying recovery one day at a time is the only way to achieve a lifetime of recovery.
The 12 step programs encourage taking recovery one day at a time. There are several solid reasons for this concept. One of the first points of recovery is that you cannot control everything. You have to pick and choose what you can control. You also have to be able to accept the things that you cannot control. If you go to meetings and are involved with a sponsor or recovery mentor, you are on the right track. However, you have to strengthen your recovery on a daily basis.
Recovery is a lifelong journey. Once you have had an addiction, even though the intensity of it decreases, addiction does not really go away. There will always be parts of you that remember the addiction, but you don’t have to be consumed by your former life.
The 12 step programs always remind members that you have to continue attending meetings and working the steps in order to stay sober. Once you begin working through a recovery program, the next steps are to help newcomers. Helping newer members helps you stay sober, because you stay humble.
Try not to be overwhelmed. You still have to take recovery one day and one step at a time. Life has ups and downs. You will always need recovery to keep you focused and committed. Remember, there are people who have relapsed after years of sobriety. Relapse does not have to be part of your story. Hence, the importance of continued work in a recovery program.
Eventually, your sober life will be something that you won’t want to jeopardize. Think about going back to active addiction for a moment. Remember the pain, the shame, and the isolation? Recovery frees you from those negative feelings. You can’t graduate recovery, but you can recovery everyday.
At The Kimberly Center, we care about your recovery. Call us now at 855-4-KCENTER to learn more about how to recover one day at a time. We use education and compassion to help you stay focused on your recovery. At the Kimberly Center, you can trust that you are in safe hands.