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Starting the Day in Recovery

When we wake up, it’s easy to just get up and go. However, it can be helpful to take time to reflect on the principles of recovery and our own spiritual life in the morning before getting into the hustle and bustle of our day. Taking a moment to consider how we are feeling, and reinforce the spiritual principles of recovery and how we can exercise them throughout the day.

Thinking about the challenges we may face during the day can help us overcome them. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous 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 hat it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest, or self-seeking motives.” As men and women suffering from the disease of addiction, it is easy for us to fall into selfish thought patterns and think only of ourselves rather than who we can help. Self-pity, dishonesty, and self-seeking was how we lived our lives before sobriety, and if we are to overcome them, we should take the moments before the day begins to ensure that we feel spiritually connected with our Higher Power.

The Big Book continues, “Under these conditions we can employ our mental faculties with assurance, for after all God gave us brains to use. Our thought-life will be placed on a much higher plane when our thinking is cleared of wrong motives.” Many of us have experienced how much our thinking influences our day. If we wake up in a bad mood and expect to have a bad day, we most likely will. Conversely, if we wake up and immediately turn to strengthening our spiritual connection and ask for our thoughts to be divorced from selfishness, we will have a joyous and fulfilling day. Negative thinking brings about more negative thinking, and selfishness, dishonesty, and resentment can build up overtime until we are overwhelmed. By taking the time to rid ourselves of negative thought before the day begins, we feel that we are more capable of being helpful to others and have positive interactions. We can go through the day relaxed and assured that our reliance on our spiritual connection can get us through even the toughest of situations.

Your life doesn’t have to be held back by the chains of addiction. You can make the decision to seek help today and begin building a brighter future. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, brings together the highest quality behavioral health and addictions specialists, holistic experts, and spiritual guides to help clients develop all the tools necessary to achieve and maintain sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431