At first we struggle through each day with the sole goal of just not using. We sweat it out, take it minute by minute, and are relieved beyond words when the end of the day comes and we realize that we made it through another day without using.
As time goes on we build up some coping skills that make the day to day not using less of a struggle. Before we know it we have lived one day at a time and those days have totaled up to create our first year in recovery.
As our recovery progresses into our second year it seems to take on a whole new meaning. This, we realize, is when recovery becomes more than just not using.
My personal recovery seems to be about much more than not using these days. It seems to be filled with life lessons, coping skills, and tools for success.
My recovery has begun to show itself to be about way more than a drug addiction. I seem to be making a recovery from my whole way of thinking.