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Maintaining Happiness, Joyousness, and Freedom in Sobriety

The greatest gift we are given in our recovery is the ability to feel happy, joyous, and free in sobriety. We rarely felt these emotions during our time in active addiction, and were surprised to find that we could achieve them by following the simple suggestions of our recovery program. To maintain these feelings, we cannot let up on any aspect of our program. By living the spiritual life, and living by spiritual principles every day, we can hold onto these feelings and become the happy and positive people that we had always wanted to be.

The Buddha said, “Practice friendliness and your harsh feelings about others will decrease. Practice compassion, and your tendency to become annoyed will diminish. Cultivate feelings of joy and your dislike of things will grow less. Become peaceful and balanced within yourself and your aversion to things and people will cease.” The principles suggested by Buddha are the same as those in recovery. We do our best to divorce ourselves from selfish and self-seeking motives, and instead turn our attention to helping others.

The best way to maintain our positive emotions is through altruism. It may seem counterintuitive, but by focusing on others, we are helping ourselves. The Big Book explains, “Selfishness—self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles. Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate. Somethings they hurt us, seemingly without provocation, but we invariably find that at some time in the past we have made decisions based on self which later placed us in a position to be hurt.” When we are engaging in self-seeking behaviors, we may feel that they are helping us to feel happy, but they hurt us in the long run. Instead, we develop a spiritual connection and do our best to live free of self-will. The Big Book explains, “Established on such a footing we became less and less interested in ourselves, our little plans and designs. More and more we became interested in seeing what we could contribute to life. As we felt new power flow in, as we enjoyed peace of mind, as we discovered we could face life successfully, as we became conscious of His presence, we began to lose our fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter.” If we wish to maintain our happiness, joyousness, and freedom in sobriety, we must turn our attention to those who we can help.

Your life can become one of serenity and peace of mind in sobriety. You can make the decision to seek help now and embark upon the rewarding journey of recovery from addiction and alcoholism. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, offers treatment programs that ensure a safe location where clients can relate to staff and other clients in similar walks of life and learn to rebuild their relationships and roles within their communities. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431