Recovery 101

On this, my 101st day of sobriety, I thought it might be a good time to review the basics…

The basics are called the basics for a reason… they do not change, and they remain as important as they did on day 1.  The biggest, most important thing I need to do each and every day:  do not, under any and all conditions, consume a mind-altering substance.  I am so proud to say that is the most important thing I have done for each of the past 100 (and, if I make it to bed tonight, 101) days.  There is nothing, absolutely nothing, more important in my life than following this guideline.

The next most important thing to do, each day, is to pray.  It has been suggested to me by many others in recovery, to start each morning on my knees in prayer, and again, this is something I have put into daily practice.  It is important for a number of reasons, but mostly because the physical action forces my mind to focus on the task at hand, which is thanking God for the sober days prior, and asking Him for another day.

Meetings, meetings, meetings, which is next on the list.  For me, attending a meeting each day is crucial.  This is not true for every member of a 12-step program… some attend multiple meetings a day, others only attend a few each week.  But for me, attending once a day reminds me of my priorities, allows me the opportunity to share, and gives me the fellowship I need to remember I am not doing this alone.

Finally, communicating with and taking suggestions from my sponsor remains critical to my recovery.  She is the one who will eventually lead me through the steps in the program, and she is my sounding board for all the things in my life, both big and small.

I know there is more coming, and I look forward to additional responsibilities and challenges, but for now these are the things that have kept me, and will continue to keep me, clean and sober.

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Posted on May 7, 2012, in Recovery and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Congratulations! 101 days is fantastic! And it just gets more crazy-good-amazing the more you hang around. And thankfully it’s all one day at a time.

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  2. Congratulations! Just for today have a plan to continue…

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