Recovery is a Daily Decision
When you make the choice to enter a recovery program, you should pat yourself on the back. Choosing recovery over addiction, life over death, is no simple feat. Making a decision to recover is a daily decision. Joining the millions of people around the world who are in recovery is not a singular event. This is a choice that you will need to make every day, one day at a time.
In life, you have good days and bad days. You will find that some days, choosing recovery is rather simple. Other days may be stressful or worrisome, and recovery may seem more difficult to choose. You can’t be overly anxious about the future. In order to make the most of your recovery journey, you need to live in the present moment.
The 12 step programs are known for their slogan to take recovery one day at a time. Even if you are not a member of the 12 steps, taking recovery one day at a time is wise. First, you can’t anticipate everything that tomorrow brings. The steps that you take to stay sober today may not help you tomorrow. Tomorrow has its own unique challenges.
Thinking about staying sober forever can feel really overwhelming, especially if you are early on in your recovery. This is why taking one day at a time is easier. You can grasp today. You can’t grasp the next 5, 10, or 20 years.
Even if you have a negative thought, this doesn’t mean that recovery isn’t for you. Relapse does not have to be part of your recovery. By making a decision to stay sober one day at a time, you have the chance to start over anytime you need. Perhaps you just need a minute to regroup and collect your thoughts. This is why recovery being a daily task is so important. If you feel a moment of weakness, this does not mean that you are doomed to relapse. Simply take a step back, practice some mindfulness, and start over.
Recovery is the most rewarding decision that you can make for yourself. Even in the ups and downs of the first days and weeks, all you have to focus on is the present moment.
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