There are many occasions throughout the year that deserve commemoration, but if you ask most recovering people to describe what we are most thankful for, it would almost certainly be this: Recovery, and the life that sobriety opens up for us.

Each of us knows what the disease of addiction has in store for us, should we choose it over our recovery. Addiction is a disease that progresses, and as it advances the only certain outcomes are jails, institutions, and death. What is remarkable about being in recovery is that, with time, the likelihood of these outcomes materializing begins to fade away. In its place grows a life filled to the brim with possibilities and opportunities. We begin to care for ourselves and for others in equal measure. We grow to recognize that our lives hold great meaning and that our recovery is the cornerstone upon which our  new lives are constructed. In this way, our recovery becomes the part of our lives which we celebrate most. Since we practice our recovery daily, we celebrate the gift of being clean and sober each and every day.

Like most gifts, recovery comes with a cost, though that cost is paid by our actions rather than our wallets. We are encouraged by our program of recovery to begin living lives marked by accountability. We express our accountability through our actions, by meeting our commitments. When we commit to doing something, we follow through with that commitment, because we have come to understand that keeping our commitments benefits our recovery, and not keeping our commitments drags us backwards and closer to relapse.

Part of our recovery may include Hired Power’s “monitoring” service. If so, we are provided with a great opportunity to express our ability to be accountable. Often following the completion of a treatment program, we commit to drug/alcohol testing for a year. Each time we are asked to blow into a breathalyzer or provide a urine sample, we do so. We are accountable. Our accountability earns us trust and after six months have passed, the weekly tests become three times a month, and then two times a month.

Each time we fulfill this obligation to our recovery our sense of accountability grows, and soon a strange feeling begins to take root in us. We feel good about ourselves, knowing that the lies and deceptions that were a part of our lives in active addiction are no longer a part of our character. Each time we pass the breathalyzer or urine drug test, we acknowledge that we are clean and sober for another day. Each of these weekly testing events is a cause for celebrating our recovery and our new way of living. As one of our recovery texts tells us: Honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness are words that we now choose to live by.

This newfound accountability begins to permeate into every aspect of our lives. We become reliable and dependable members of a twelve-step fellowship, acquiring a sponsor from within that fellowship. Our sponsors suggest that we follow a set of suggestions that they describe to us in the way their sponsors described the suggestions to them. Wishing to maintain our accountability, we do our best to follow each of our sponsors’ suggestions, and as we do so, we continue to uphold our other recovery obligations. We make court dates; we make doctor and therapist appointments on time; and we submit to drug/alcohol testing. If we cannot make an appointment or meet an obligation, we let the other person know about it, having learned that our actions (or inactions) can and do affect others. As we do these things, our credibility and trustworthiness both begin to grow.

We find that the accountability partnership we have with Hired Power strengthens as well. Our positive choices have positive consequences. Hired Power sends reports of our demonstrations of accountability to the people in our support network who continue to love and help us. We make our court dates, our DUI classes, our relapse-prevention classes and our aftercare. We make our meetings, call our sponsors, and keep connected with our PRA and Hired Power. We become accountable people who respect ourselves and care about how we affect others.

Our recovery has become stronger and our resolve to continue to do those things which benefit our recovery is now firm and steady. Thoughts of drinking and using again become rare events, replaced by thoughts of how we can be helpful to others. Our relationships with family and friends begin to heal, and those with whom we had lost trust begin to place trust in us again. We land a job. We become the brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, and parents we always wished we could be. We start to believe—to know—that recovery is possible.  One day at a time, we can do this. We can recover.

If you and your family are in need of guidance and support, call Hired Power today. We are here to stand by you. Call: 1-800-910-9299.