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Ending the Day in Sobriety

Each day is a day that we must do our best to live a life of spiritual principles. There will always be times when we fall short of our goals, but recovery is about progress rather than perfection. If we wish to continue getting better and developing personally and spiritually, it may be a good idea to go through a process of spiritual introspection every evening and reflect on our thoughts and actions of the previous twenty-four hours.

Continuing to maintain an awareness of ourselves at a personal and spiritual level allows us to address and problems that we may be facing in our recovery. Each evening, we should set aside time to review our thoughts and actions throughout the day. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous suggests, “When we retire at night, we constructively review our day,” then presents a series of questions to ask ourselves. When we take an honest look at our answers, we will be able to see how strong we are in our sobriety and gain an understanding of any areas that may need improvement.

The questions the Big Book suggests we ask ourselves are: “Were we resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid? Do we owe an apology? Have we kept something to ourselves which should be discussed with another person at once? Were we kind and loving toward all? What could we have done better? Were we thinking of ourselves most of the time? Or were we thinking of what we could do for others, of what we could pack into the stream of life?” These questions give us a gauge of how well we are conducting ourselves throughout the day. Answering as honestly as possible may give us insight into areas of our life that we may need to change or improve in order to better live by the spiritual principles of our recovery.

Gaining such an insight into ourselves may be frightening. We may have caused harm that we wish to ignore, but we should be fearless in our process of spiritual introspection. The Big Book explains, “But we must be careful not to drift into worry, remorse, or morbid reflection, for that would diminish our usefulness to others. After making our review we ask God’s forgiveness and inquire what corrective measures should be taken.” The purpose of our review is to realign ourselves with recovery, not dwell on any missteps we may have taken. Continuing to have an insight into our thoughts and actions will keep from drifting off the course of our recovery, and place us in a position to be of maximum helpfulness to others.

You can discover a new freedom and a new happiness in sobriety. You can make the decision to seek help today and embark upon the rewarding journey of recovery from addiction and alcoholism. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, is staffed with the knowledgeable professionals who understand addiction from every possible angle, and are determined to help you develop all the tools needed to achieve and maintain sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431