Avoiding Complacency in 2020
As you’ve probably heard, recovery is a marathon and not a sprint. This is very true, but many people forget this at some point throughout their journey. After some time of staying clean, it’s easy to get complacent and forget that you have a disease that needs to be treated on a daily basis. There are many people who have had years of recovery, but due to complacency, they slowly fell back into bad habits, which led to relapse. This is why, in 2020, it’s important to have some tools to avoid complacency so you can maintain your sobriety.
Re-Commit to Meetings
In early recovery, one of the biggest recommendations is to hit 90 meetings in 90 days, and it even discusses this in the Basic Text of Narcotics Anonymous. This is recommended for a wide range of reasons for the newcomer. One of the primary reasons is to develop new habits. In active addiction, you turned to drugs or alcohol as a way to deal with stress, anxiety, depression, anger or even happiness. As newcomers begin to go to meetings instead of going to pick up a drink or a drug, the brain actually rewires itself to pick up new healthy habits.
If you’re becoming complacent in your recovery, something you can do is re-commit to meetings. Committing to 90 meetings in 90 days may be just what you need to light your fire for recovery again. One of the gifts of recovery is getting your life back, so you may be busy with work, your family or other responsibilities, but think about what you can do if you’ve lost touch with the program. Can you commit to 5 meetings a week? How about 3 meetings a week? No matter what you commit to, it can help you overcome complacency.
Be of Service
Something we often forget as we begin to gain some clean time is how many people were there for us when we first got clean. If it wasn’t for the men and women with more clean time than us sharing their stories and being there for us, we may not be clean today. They not only do this because they want to see us succeed in our recovery, but they also do it because it’s the best way to stay sober. This is something that the Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill W. figured out when he wanted to drink, but instead, he found Dr. Bob to share his experience, strength and hope.
If you’re finding it difficult to get back into meetings or become part of the community again, think about how you’re not doing it for yourself. Instead keep in mind that you keep what you have by giving it away. Here in New Jersey, there’s no shortage of people who are struggling to get clean and stay clean. You never know if there’s a newcomer who might be in a meeting that desperately needs to hear what you have to say.
Become Part of the Community
Here at Enlightened Solutions, we’re passionate about the power of community when it comes to maintaining long-term recovery. This is why we regularly have events going on at the Enlightened Café. Whether it’s musicians coming down to play some tunes, 12-step meetings, or the variety of events going on, our goal is always to bring people together. Early recovery can be difficult because it may seem like nobody understands, and this is completely normal because many people have loved ones who have never struggled with addiction, and this can even be an issue later on in recovery. When you come down to the events at the café, you’ll be with others who are staying sober one day at a time, and it’s a great reminder that you can have a blast in recovery.
This year, find your passion once again for recovery and make it the best year yet. If you’re struggling or just want to find out more about some of the ways to stay connected, give us a call today at 833-233-7336. We’re here for you.