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Opening Up to Suggestions in Early Sobriety

The three things we need to begin our recovery are honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness. We should allow ourselves to be open-minded about taking suggestions from others who have successfully recovered. Although difficult at times, we must recognize that we do not know what is best for our recovery. Instead, we can defer to the suggestions given by the collective knowledge of men and women who have successfully achieved and maintained sobriety.

Living our lives in the manner that we thought best ultimately led us deeper and deeper into addiction. We had to reach a point where we realized that our way was not working, and we must open ourselves up to following the suggestions and direction of those who have successfully walked the path of recovery before us. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous explains, “If a mere code of morals or a better philosophy of life were sufficient to overcome alcoholism, many of us would have recovered long ago. But we found that such codes and philosophies did not save us, no matter how much we tried. We could wish to be moral, we could wish to be philosophically comforted, in fact, we could will these things with all our might, but the needed power wasn’t there. Our human resources, as marshalled by the will, we not sufficient; they failed us utterly.” Rather than continuing to attempt to control our lives and run on self-will, we had to surrender to the notion that we needed outside help; that we had to take suggestions and direction from others.

Cindy Nichols, in The Importance of Good Support Systems in Sobriety, explains, “Just as unhealthy people can drive you to use drugs and alcohol, a sober support group can help create pressure to make healthy choices. Attending meetings on a regular basis and maintaining a consistent dialogue with your sponsor means knowing that there are a great number of people who do not want you to relapse. This type of pressure can be very helpful as you work to stay clean.” These support systems allow us to maintain contact with others who understand addiction and recovery, and can provide us with helpful advice to maintain our sobriety. Our self-will did not work, and we must develop the willingness to trust those who have recovered, and take any sound advice they may offer.

You, too, can recovery from addiction and alcoholism. You can make the decision to seek help today and embark upon the rewarding journey of recovery. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, offers a Residential Treatment program that includes medically-supported detoxification, maintenance care, individual therapies, counseling (including family therapy), and plans to help clients build life skills that will help them after discharge. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431