Sobriety Keys, My Recovery from Alcohol, San Juan Capistrano
Here are some Sobriety Keys for guidance in recovery.
I am a Certified Addiction & Alcoholism counselor.
I was taught that discharge planning must be addressed beginning the first day of your admission, that I held the sobriety keys.
Better yet the family should start planning with your interventionist
But continued care, the ‘How it Works’ of staying sober
Again becomes life threatening when you take back the reigns and allow your ego
to take charge of the dis-ease that claims it doesn’t exist.
I have 25 years of recovery. I don’t want to drink or use.
I wrestle with my ego mind continually, I surround myself with positive support, but sometimes my sobriety keys are hard to find around the house.
People who stay sober and kind to themselves and others do this.
A lot of people in treatment just want to make it through the day and not think about the future – just do the next indicated step stay sober do your assignments, make it to a group and not get behind.
Try to stay as cool as possible while you are going through eye-opening experiences.
We do learn to live one day at a time & not try to project the future.
Recovery is about taking responsibility for our own lives.
Soon you have to make one of the most important decisions of your life.
How do I take all of these new coping skills, and walk them out the doors of the treatment center with me? You will begin to notice, as you go along that you feel great, clear & strong. We clean up nice – within a few weeks, you look great. Some people say whew Oh wow, that addiction thing – glad that’s over with.
Don’t forget where you came from – Never forget that last drunk – the bad one the thing that got you here.
Big book says – We do not dwell in the past, nor do we wish to shut the door on it. Our deep dark past will become your most valued possession.
Valued to keep you humble enough to do what it takes to stay sober, one day at a time for the rest of your life.
Valuable to give you compassion for people who are having hard times.
Valuable to remember to be kind and patient with your loved ones – Remember they are recovering from all that has happened too. The addict gets meetings, counseling, every day we are offered an outlet for our issues & for the stress of daily life.
Our loved ones who have suffered as our victims while we called them of persecutors are all hurt & confused too.
Those of you clients and families who are still in the stage of blame… Just know this outlook will pass.
We are unable to change other people; we can only change ourselves.
Even if we could prove that someone else was responsible for you problems to some percentage, You are 100% responsible for your recovery.
You hold the Sobriety Keys.
The wonderful things we learn about in recovery can be twisted a little by our dis-eased thinking.
Then we can play our newfound knowledge back to ourselves as an excuse to stay sick.
If you don’t like to call it a disease, try calling it our dilemma.
The rehab staff’s job is to empower the people with an education.
The teaching is about what it takes to stay sober beyond treatment.
You are encouraged to talk to someone in your meetings who states they have two and more years sober.
Ask them to share their experience, strength, and hope.
Listen to what it was like – what happened – and what it is like now.
Ask, how different is your life today?
What have you been through with this disease and in recovery?
What has saved your life so far one day at a time to keep you sober and growing?
As you listen to their story look for the similarities, not the differences.
Don’t justify – identify
If they are not as sick as you – then listen to all they had to do to stay sober.
If they are worse than you – then realize – the disease of addiction is chronic, progressive
and fatal if left untreated.
The worst stories can be considered our “not yets”.
Addiction continues to get worse.
We only get a daily deprive based on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.
Anything they have experienced is a “yet” for you if your addiction remains untreated.
The Lie is dead, we do recover.
Loriann Witte – Google my name to see more about me and my work
949-292-2000 or text 949-324-6132
Treatment & Intervention is available in English & Spanish
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