Addiction Recovery: Checks and Balances

February 16, 2010 — 2 Comments

In addiction recovery it is very important to routinely take inventory of yourself. Kind of a checks and balances type thing for your thinking and behavior.

Why is this so important? Well by now we have learned that no one is perfect. We don’t lead perfectly structured lives all the time. Sometimes we let things slip. Sometimes we make errors and sometimes we just flat out drop the ball. That’s why check and balances in addiction recovery are so important.

The easiest way to keep yourself in check is to routinely take an honest look at yourself. An HONEST look at yourself. There is no point in trying to put a positive spin on negative behavior right? You are the only loser in that game.

It can be as simple as answering a few questions as honestly as possible or just kind of recapitulating your last week and seeing what you think you should be doing differently.

Is this a way of punishing yourself for making errors in judgment? NO WAY. This is a way of curbing bad behaviors before they become the rule instead of the exception.

Am I surrounding myself with positive people like I should be? Am I facing problems head on like I promised myself? Am I truly living in the day instead of fixating on the past and dreading the future? Am I actively pursuing my spirituality? Am I focusing on positive thinking?

By answering some of these questions on a regular basis I am able to see what areas of my recovery and my life need some extra attention.

For myself, this is the best way I know how to keep myself in check and make sure that I’m not heading down the road to relapse. As we have discovered by now… relapse happens way before we take that first drink, etc.

2 responses to Addiction Recovery: Checks and Balances

  1. Hi, I am fairly new to recovery, I have 4 months sober now. I am currently on probation for the next 14 months. About the checks and balances. I am constently asking myself if I am going to be able to stay sober after probation is over. I know that I overall don’t want that lifestyle back, but sometimes I get into the thinking that I can wait till I am off probation and then do the whole deal better than before. Now, I have been around long enough to know that this is pure insanity. But how do I keep myself from thinking this way?

  2. I am a recovering alcoholic of 24 years and a substance abuse counselor. I just wanted to say that if I can get and stay clean and sober anyone can. I agree with what has been written here about checks and balances and spirituality. For people on probation, don’t wait until you are off of probation to get your lives together. It will NOT be easier to work a program of recovery because there will be no external consequences to your behaviors. I do know one thing; the brain is a phenomenal instrument. With it we have the power to do great things one minute and the power to completely destroy the next.

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