People who are new to recovery will be very excited about the way they feel. They know that they have overcome something huge and for the first time in many of their lives, they feel like they will be ok. Knowing that you have a future is an exhilarating feeling especially when you have lived your life for so long not knowing if you will be able to make it another day. Feeling this way is an awesome experience but with anything new, it will become routine and the “honeymoon” phase of recovery will surely go away. Do not get upset because this is all part of the process.
When you realize that you will need to stay active in order to stay clean is when you will make strides in your recovery. This is why having a strong foundation to your recovery is so important. Those that simply rely on sure will power will most likely, (not all) relapse within the first year. I am such an advocate for people to get as pro-active as possible in the recovery community. Whether it is going to meetings and making friends with people who have a successful recovery or just being around people that you look up to. Starting a blog and sharing your experiences is an outstanding way to reach people that you can help that will also in turn help you. You never know what kind of impact it will have on you, your life and your recovery until you try.
Far too many times do I speak with people who have relapsed because they “got bored.” Some of the smartest people I have ever met have an issue with substance abuse because normal things do not do it for them. They never feel euphoria because they need to be active and pushing themselves in order to receive the euphoria that the drug offers. The best part about this is the pushing you are doing in order to feel, will push you along life in tremendously positive way and open opportunities for you that you never dreamed of.
If you are starting to think about relapsing, you need to change up your routine. You need to be accountable for your own recovery and figure out what you need to do next. The simplest way to stop an urge is to find the nearest meeting. You can call a friend who is in recovery. You can go on FreeFromHell.com and talk with people who are in your exact shoes and are making it another day because they are fighting. Put some music on and motivate yourself to make it till tomorrow. Knowing that your life and your progress on this earth matters only by what you do this moment and understanding this fully, will move you along in your recovery.