Getting sober can be an overwhelming process that takes time to resolve the ins and out of being in recovery. Once you gain sobriety, you may start feeling so much better that you think that you should do even more to keep up the momentum. The mentality of fixing everything all at once for instant gratification is quite common. This usually results in an overload that can make somebody quit altogether because of the tall order that they put on themselves. The “if I cannot do it all, then I just will not do it at all” mindset can trip up anybody’s efforts at sobriety.
Having an attitude of First Things First can give you a simple priority list to start out with to add to as you go along in sobriety. Your addiction was probably around a while, so persistence in recovery is better to go on than impatience. There is no need to put undue pressure on yourself to restore everything right away. Putting your priorities in an orderly way can help to clear the path you need for progress.
Do not pick up no matter what
Taking that first drink or drug is where the trouble lies. The first consumption of mind-altering substances sets off a domino effect for someone who is addicted to alcohol or drugs. If that first drink or drug does not take place, then the negative stuff that usually ensues after does not have to actualize.
Determine what is most important
Look at the things that your recovery needs before everything else. Recovery may seem like a overpowering task, but once you get into the groove, it will become like second nature. It is not to say that your family or obligations are not important. Taking care of yourself is priority number one because you are unable to take care of others if you are not getting the help that you need for yourself first and foremost.
Rely on your spiritual growth
Placing your faith in a Higher Power has a way of letting the aspects of your life fall into place exactly the way that they should be. By fighting to control everything, you are not letting the things happen in the order that they are supposed to. Give up your need to dictate what the outcome should be and start waving a white flag instead.
Just know that recovery in any capacity takes time. If you let First Things First come to pass, you can accept what happens to help you experience the growth that you need in recovery.
Serenity Oaks Wellness Center is a treatment program designed to help those who have a problem with drugs and alcohol become sober. Our holistic therapy and 12-Step aspects combined give our clients a shot of learning how to put first things first in recovery.
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