Sobriety – A Marathon
As you can tell by the title, I think it is important to take time as much as possible to look at the big picture when it comes to recovery and sobriety. It is easy to get bogged down in the little details and the hard days, but you can reinvigorate yourself by looking at your situation from a distance. Hopefully this post will motivate you throughout your journey to sobriety. Recovery is not a sprint – it’s a marathon. Sobriety is an ongoing process – a journey. It can be tough at times, but extremely rewarding as you better your life and get clean physically, emotionally and spiritually. It is very important to be honest with yourself throughout the process. Identify your strengths, weaknesses and triggers and don’t be afraid to seek help. Speaking of help, ask for it early and often. It may be in the form of a professional counselor, recovery group or just a supportive friend.
Either way, we are much stronger when we have others standing beside us to take off some of our load. Don’t develop a codependency, but harvest and cultivate positive, genuine relationships that will help you with your long-term sobriety. When you start rehabilitation, many people expect to feel major improvements every day. You may take a couple steps backwards every once in a while, but as you grow in your recovery you will take more steps forwards than backwards and never look back on your past. When I refer to the steps backward, never amount that to failure. It is not failure to fall down – one’s true measure of character is seen when you get back up. Stay resilient and never give up. Everyone falls, but not everyone gets back up. Be the exception. Leave the drugs, alcohol and other addictions behind and look forward to a cleaner you.
Another helpful way to advance in your journey to sobriety is to set goals. Successful rehabilitation requires both types of goals (short and long-term), as you achieve each one you make major strides forward. If you struggle with alcohol and drug addiction, I am so glad you are reading this. If you know someone who is struggling with addiction or is in recovery, please share this if you feel they need motivation. Sometimes it just takes looking at the big picture to be able to tackle the small struggles in one’s journey.