Alcohol Relapse Prevention Plan
An alcohol relapse prevention plan needs to start with a goal to become a person of better character. When we latch onto the idea that our reputation is more important than our character, we are in trouble. Our reputation is what other people think of us. When I was active in my addiction to alcohol, I could put on a pretty good show. Not only did I manipulate well, I was a pro at it. I put on the façade that life was just peachy. All was great in Dave’s world when in fact, I was dead inside: Full of guilt, shame, remorse and self-hatred. When it comes to alcohol relapse prevention, character building is vital. Character is quite different than reputation. And character is something many active alcoholics lack. I certainly did. Our character is who we really are, not the person we pretend to be.
When I started working on my character, life changed almost immediately. I started being real. That was something new for me. I actually started being honest, not only with others, but with myself. I started doing what I said I would do, showing up, being accountable, being responsible, living selflessly and as a result, I sleep well each day.
Getting honest is the foundation of building good character and is an essential ingredient in an alcohol relapse prevention plan. Getting honest was tough for me, and still is at times. It means being true to others and ourselves. It means looking at ourselves and acknowledging that we are in need of help. Nothing brings us closer to alcohol relapse than our lack of character. When our actions are not aligned with good character, we suffer greatly. We become miserable, and when an alcoholic is miserable, it’s a dangerous place to be. So I encourage you to make it a goal to work on your character every day.