Recovery is hard work and a lifelong process. An old-timer in the program of Alcoholics Anonymous once said, “It’s a simple program, but it will take everything you’ve got!” Once working a good recovery program, you will come to realize that life substance-free is a life worth living. It’s a life of self sacrifice that we learn to lovingly appreciate. The giving of self to benefit the advancement of others’ well being.
So what does “working a good recovery program” look like? Remember, we are given a daily reprieve which is based on our spiritual condition. For some individuals, it means keeping a routine of our spiritual work and the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous first and foremost in our lives. Waking up in the morning to saying a few prayers, after that some time of guided or silent meditation. We consider our plans for the day as it states in the Big Book, on page 86. We ask God to direct our thinking. We attend a 12 step meeting, and/or listen to a podcast when a face-to-face meeting isn’t available. We reach out to others in recovery daily to “see how they are doing” and how can we be of service to those around us. We may read some literature throughout the day to keep our minds focused on what’s REALLY important.
How about health and wellness? Are we moderately exercising and eating well? Are we being patient and tolerant with our families and others? Are we “on the beam” with a constant contact with our Higher Power? If not, today is a new day. We can start our day over at any moment. We make amends and work the 12 Steps. That’s the beauty of recovery. We get a new chance on life every moment we are alive.
If your program is lacking in depth and weight, reach out to a recovering member of the program today. I’m sure they would be more than happy to share their experience, strength and hope with you. As most of us know, if we don’t give it away, we can’t keep it. Then reach out to a newcomer – and see how you can be helpful to them today.
You are worth recovery, and if someone hasn’t told you that you are loved, well, you are.
What does your daily recovery routine look like?
Robbin Mooney, Outreach and Communications Liaison, Crossroads Centre Antigua