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Making Sobriety a Way of Life
When people quit an addiction it is like taking the very first step on a journey. Giving up drugs is a great and vital start, but it is only the beginning. There is still plenty more work still to be done. This is why they say that recovery is a process and not an event. The individual never really graduates from recovery – it just becomes part of who they are. This is what is meant when people talk about sobriety as a way of life.
Always an Addict
The step recovery movement holds the view that people are never cured from their addiction. This is why they will tend to say things like recovering addict rather than cured addict. This idea of always considering themselves to be an addict is not something that appeals to everyone. As far as they are concerned the fact that they are no longer using drugs means that they are cured. They have no wish to be defined by what they used to do. This attitude can be perfectly fine so long as the individual does not believed they are cured in the sense that they are safe to relapse.
Making sobriety a way of life does not need to mean that the individual is making their old addiction the focus of their current life. Sobriety is not about hiding from the past but instead embracing the future. It is all about building a new life that is completely different from everything that went before. The individual begins doing these things because they can see how it benefits them and not because they are living in fear. Sobriety is just a word used to describe this new life. The individual can even call it something else if they no longer wish to be associated with the addiction recovery movement. The important thing is that they find a way of living that is fulfilling and does not involve trying to escape reality.
THE PROMISES OF A SOBER PATH INCLUDE:
* People will experience a new freedom and a new type of happiness* An end to financial worries
* An end to fear of people, places, and things
* The individual will no longer regret their past
* They will develop the ability to intuitively know how to handle any situation
* Positive outlook on life
* An end to self-seeking
* The individual will want to start helping other people
* No more self-pity or feeling useless
* The development of serenity
Dangers of Not Taking Sobriety Seriously Enough
It is often said that those who forget the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them. If people give up their addiction but fail to put enough effort into their recovery there will be a high risk of relapse. When people first become sober the pain of their addiction may be enough to keep them sober. Over time their memory of how bad things were is likely to fade. This means that this might no longer be enough to keep them on track. Unless they have put some effort into developing their sobriety their risk of relapse will be high.
Finding Serenity in Recovery
One of the most prized rewards for choosing sobriety as a way of life is the development of serenity. This can be defined as a feeling of being calm and tranquil. When applied to people in recovery it means that they have developed into a mental state where they feel at peace most of the time. Those who have developed serenity do not get to escape the vicissitudes of life, but they just develop the ability to handle anything life sends their way. They say to people who like to spend time in the ocean that, if you don’t want to be at the mercy of the waves you need to learn how to surf. Serenity means that the individual is a master surfer when faced with the waves of life.
SOBRIETY IS A JOURNEY
NOT A DESTINATION