Successful Recovery is the Result of What We Do and What We Think
When I observe “success” in recovery, it is almost always the result of effective practices – often, daily practices – that are put in place, and followed, by the person recovering from alcoholism. Finding freedom from alcohol in not complicated, despite what is generally believed. Having a plan, and then following that plan, can allow one to enter a new world – one that is completely unfathomable to a person steeped in alcoholism.
Here are a few suggested steps to take if you are struggling with alcohol abuse:
- Discuss options with a medical professional, preferably your family doctor.
- Reach out for help: Find someone who understands what you are going through. Be sure to find a counselor who specializes in addiction.
- Check out recovery meetings in your area: AA is an ideal and logical choice.
- Follow the guidance of other people: Listen and learn from people who were struggling with alcohol and found freedom.
- Work through the 12-step plan: Have someone guide you through this process.
- Read about alcoholism and recovery: Literature can be helpful as you recover from your alcohol addiction.
- Write: Writing your thoughts out can be a powerful exercise. The act of handwriting actually reinforces thoughts and helps us think through problems.
- Observe daily practices: Pray, meditate, reflect.