The first couple of times I tried to get clean and sober, it did not work.
I’m sure this is the case with many people out there. It’s hard to get it right on the first try. The main reason for this is because we tend to underestimate how difficult it will be to change our life so drastically.
Or, we underestimate the true scope of the change. We don’t realize that recovery is about changing everything.
So what is the real test of your recovery solution? How can we know if we are on the right path?
Getting excited about recovery
If you’re not excited about what you are building in your new life, then that is a huge problem. If you’re not passionate about pursuing growth along a new path of living, then what is the point?
Remember that relapse is always an option, no matter how long you have been clean and sober. That option will always be there, waiting for you. And let’s face it, the option of relapse is filled with excitement!
Now of course that sounds like a terrible thing to say and within weeks or even days most of us would be completely miserable again if we picked up that drink or that drug, but the fact of the matter is that there is always going to be a thrill waiting for us with our drug of choice. It may be short lived, it might lead us back to misery right away, but for that first day or that first hour of a relapse, we would have instant excitement again. Instant passion about life. This is the short cut that got us into trouble in the first place.
So what do you think you are trying to accomplish when you are attempting to stay clean and sober? You have to recapture this passion and excitement in a way that is positive, healthy, and sustainable. This is your true mission in recovery. If you can not replace the passion that once fueled you to seek drugs and alcohol, then you are doomed to revisit those old solutions.
Just to clarify, your recovery solution had better be:
1) Positive – in that it leads to higher self esteem for you and improved health.
2) Sustainable – so that it can last. If you’re not excited about living this solution is it really going to last?
3) Holistic – if your focus is too narrow in recovery then you run the risk of complacency setting in.
Find passion in your solution for recovery and it will become a long-term way of life for you…..