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Maintaining Sobriety in Times of Crisis

Going through a crisis in sobriety can be a blow to our sense of serenity and peace of mind. We may suddenly lose gratitude and fall into self-pity, damaging our ability to navigate our days with a code of love and tolerance of others. During these times, we may feel that engaging in the suggestions of our recovery program is the last thing we want to do. Getting more involved with recovery and our spirituality, however, is the best way to get through any crisis we may be facing.

Crises are inescapable in life. We will inevitably face times that challenge us and may feel like a test of our ability to maintain our sobriety. If we allow ourselves to let up on a spiritual program of action at such a crucial time, we will find that the restlessness, irritability, and discontentment with life that dominated our time in active addiction begins to enter back into our lives. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous explains that we will come to a point when we no longer have to fight temptation: “We feel as though we had been placed in a position of neutrality—safe and protected. We have not even sworn off. Instead, the problem has been removed. It does not exist for us. We are neither cocky nor are we afraid. This is our experience. That is how we react so long as we keep in fit spiritual condition.” If we let up on the spiritual life when we face a crisis, we will find that we are no longer safe and protected from temptation. Depression, anxiety, and self-pity can overwhelm our lives, and we must maintain our spiritual connection if we are to make it through our crisis unscathed.

Our faith in a higher power of our own understanding can help us through the most difficult of times. The Big Book states, “Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God’s world by mistake.” By maintaining our faith that things are occurring for a reason, we can navigate our crisis with assurance. Although difficult, maintaining our faith and spiritual connection, and continually engaging in the suggestions of our recovery program, can keep us from falling victim to the negative emotions that could be potential risks to our sobriety.

Your life can become one of hope, faith, and courage in sobriety. You can make the decision to seek help now and begin building a brighter future. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, is staffed with knowledgeable and compassionate professionals dedicated to preparing clients for a life that is rich and full without the chains of addiction to hold them back. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431