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Sober Feelings & Emotions

I am worthy of sobriety.

Sobriety gives me a way to emotional freedom.

I have the right to feel all of my emotions, covering the range from loneliness and boredom to anger and resentment, to happiness and elation; and not drink or drug over any of them.

I give up my right to justify a relapse because of any emotional state or any emotional reaction.

I have the right to reward myself with sobriety as my reward for my success and achievements.

Emotionally, I grieve the loss of the euphoria; I surrender to the pain that chemical use has already caused me and could cause me again.

I practice H.A.L.T:  Don’t get too hungry, angry, lonely or tired.  I practice balanced living.

Sobriety Questions

Can you socialize without the risk of relapsing?

How do you manage your stress and anxiety?

What are your risky people, places and situations that could trigger your relapse?

Can you ask for help easily?

Name some old behaviors that no longer serve you?

Can you avoid the need to create drama?

Can you tell the truth about your addiction?

Sobriety In Your Thinking

Decide each morning that today I will not use.

Remind yourself that I don’t use.

Every day I recharge my sobriety commitment

I only tackle one day of sobriety at a time.

I have the right not to think about using.

I stay sober because being sober is in my best interest.

I visualize myself being chemical free.

I remember that even using one time is too many.

If I do get an urge to use,  I think of the consequences and pain that will follow.

I remember, each day, the pain I used to be in when I was actively using, and feel grateful I am not feeling pain today.

I remind myself of the agonies I suffered when using and the many blessings of sobriety.

I remember that denial thinking can cause me to relapse, nothing else.

I keep an awareness of my denial thinking so this does not trigger a relapse.

Remember the times when you don’t want to use are the times in which you are building up the strength not to use.

Develop and rehearse a daily plan of thinking and acting by which you will live that day without using, regardless of what may upset you or how hard the urge to use my hit you.

There must be no reservation of any kind nor any lurking notion that someday I will be immune to my substance of choice.



Third Year Recovery Tasks

The depth of joy and misery can be profound.

The need to go back and redo some earlier recovery tasks.

Learning to avoid the creation of drama in your life.

Your outer world is beginning to reflect the inner world.

Connections are made to a wider circle of people both in and out of recovery.

There is an increase in honesty.

Second Year Recovery Tasks

Identify old behaviors that don’t feel right anymore.

Emotional Detox.

Changes in verbal attitude, feeling and behavior.

An increase in the quality of physical health.

An increase in the ability to tolerate feelings.

Beginning to make distinctions between and among feeling states.

An increase in commitment to working on recovery.

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as he did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next. Amen.

– Reinhold Niebuhr