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Making the Next Right Decision for Our Recovery

Addiction is a disease that must be managed daily. One aspect of our daily management is giving up our selfish and self-seeking behavior, and continually asking our higher power for inspiration throughout our day to do the right thing. We must live the spiritual life suggested by recovery programs and practice the principles of recovery in all of our affairs, and this includes doing our best to continually do the next right thing.

It is easy to make certain concessions in our lives when we feel that we are strong in our recovery. We may find an opportunity that requires us to bend our morals to achieve a goal. This is why 12-Step recovery programs suggest that we begin each day with prayer and meditation. The Big Book suggests, “On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead. We consider our plans for the day. Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives.” When we do our best to separate ourselves from selfish motives before we begin our day, we are less likely to engage in behaviors that further our own self-interest at the expense of others. Acting on selfishness, as many of us have seen in active addiction, only ends up hurting ourselves and others in the long-term.

There may be situations where we do not know the right thing to do. The Big Book explains, “In thinking about our day we may face indecision. We may not be able to determine which course to take. Here we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought or a decision. We relax and take it easy. We don’t struggle. We are often surprised how the right answers come after we have tried this for a while.” We are bound to face difficult decisions where the right answer is not as clear as we would like. If our motivations are divorced from selfishness and self-interest, however, we can be confident that our decision-making will be for the best. If not, it will be a learning experience for us the next time we are faced with a similar situation. Recovery is a process of personal and spiritual growth, and striving to continually make the right decision will keep us in a state of happiness, joyousness, and freedom in our sobriety.

Your life can become one of serenity and peace of mind in sobriety. You can make the decision to embark upon the rewarding journey of recovery by seeking help now. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, offers 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. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or alcoholism, please call today: (833) 242-6431