Three things you must do if you want to recover from drug addiction or alcoholism!
1.) Make a promise to yourself
2) Tell all your friends and family about your decision so they’ll hold you accountable
3) Making goals is very important into a game or a competition so you get social
Recovery from drinking and drugging requires a lot of action
First of all addiction recovery evolves from a decision to stop using. With this being said you will want to make a promise to yourself that you’re not going to use no matter what. By this I mean you need to dedicate your life to overcoming addiction.
Most newcomers fail to make this commitment they will put forth the least amount of effort they can. This is not good enough; for instance, put the same amount of effort in when you were chasing your drug of choice as you do to staying clean and sober. I guarantee your life will improve.
This will not work and if nothing is ventured nothing is gained. This kind of effort will lead to a relapse and it has been my experience that you will continue to relapse time after time until you commit yourself 100% to a new way of life.
I had an uncle that told me once Art you always take the easy way out. I have never forgot that and that was over thirty years ago. O f course he was right and as addicts we tend to take the route with the least possible resistance. The thing is that we can not really afford to do this. The old saying is if you put your whole self in you will get your whole self out.
Keep it simple, go back to the basics
Tell all your friends and family about your decision so they’ll hold you accountable.
When I first got clean I told my family that I had made a decision to quit using. I would get calls all the time asking me how I was doing. When I would call my mom she would ask if I am going to my meetings,
I remember I would inform them every time I got a new clean tag or was about to get one. It feels good to know you have people that care about you and are behind you 100% so why wouldn’t you make a commitment to give it your all.
Make goals they will help you to keep you commitments to yourself.
One goal I made was to make 90 meetings in 90 days. Another was not to miss or be late to a therapy session. I also made a commitment to read recover material. I think a big one was to complete my first couple of school classes.
I can just about guarantee you that if you put in the time to do 90 meetings in 90 days you will notice a change. I know that when I first started attending meetings I was afraid to share I though that I would sound stupid or something. I know that before my ninety days were up I was sharing up a storm. Now this was just one of the many things that changed for me in my drug addiction recovery.
You can change too if your willing to do the work!