There may come a time in your recovery when you experience a relapse. Your world may be spinning, and you know that what you need is to get back to your meetings and your therapy, but you are paralyzed with fear about telling others about what happened. Your disease of addiction may be the main culprit from holding you back from getting back into your recovery because your addiction likes to tell you what a worthless person you are – which could not be further from the truth.
You are a sick a person who needs their medicine and for someone who suffers from substance abuse, that medicine does not come in a pill, drink, tablet, or a bong. Medicine for addiction comes from suiting up and showing in your recovery so you can fire your disease from thinking it still has a hold on you. The first step in arresting your addiction is admitting that you are a newcomer again so that you can get the antidote you need in your recovery.
Identifying as a newcomer who relapsed shows a tremendous amount of courage on your part. Sharing your truth for 30 days in meetings helps you to get right sized enough to hunker down and start working your program to the best of your ability.
A recovery program must be one of rigorous honesty and telling everyone that your newest research did not work once again will set you free. You could sit in a meeting and not let anyone know that you relapsed, but you would be dishonest with yourself mostly. One of the most valuable recovery principles is honesty because what one does when no one is looking says a lot about their character.
One of the fundamentals of recovery is being able to relate to others who are going through what you are. By identifying as a newcomer, you are being a good example for everyone to follow. Sharing your experience, strength, and hope to others will help them more than you will ever know.
You may feel awkward stating your lessened amount of sobriety in front of your peers, but you will be an old-timer before you know if you continue to work your program one day at a time. Stay the course and you will live a life beyond your wildest dreams.
If you or someone you know is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, The Kimberly Center thrives on helping restore individuals to a healthier, happier, and more productive life free from substance abuse. We hope you choose to begin your new life with us.
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