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The Have-To’s, Want To’s & Get-To’s of Daily Recovery

Recovery is something you live, not just go through.  Its a “design for living” that really works.  Daily maintenance and upkeep is required in order for us to continue enjoying the benefits of long-term sobriety.  I used to think about all the things I “had” to do every day to stay clean.  Go to meetings, attend outpatient treatment, read out of the Big Book of AA, help others by sharing the message and so on.  It sounded so exhausting.  While at Renaissance Ranch, I heard something that has ever rang true regarding this daily list of things to do.  As we incorporate recovery into our daily lives, all these “have to’s” become “want to’s” that then become “get to’s”.  Showing up for our recovery quickly becomes something we want to and get to do.  We find that its by doing the small things everyday our lives improve dramatically and we feel better about ourselves and life in general.  Today, I get to do these things and for that I’m grateful.  Here’s a few suggestions that might help you get into the recovery rhythm:

Get On a Schedule

Life is full of activities.  Family, work, recovery, friends and plenty of other engagements take up so much of our time.  Consistency is an recovering addicts friend.  If you set aside time every morning and/or night for personal study and reflection you’ll find that your days feel more consistent.  No matter what happens in the course of the day, it has the same meditative beginning and end.

Rise to Shine

We all like sleep.  To add to that, we all like sleeping in.  But there’s something about getting up early to have that extra time in the morning that makes the day so much more fulfilling.  Perhaps its having a few quiet moments in the morning to think about the day and not feel like we’re rushing out the door.  Use this time to get centered for the day ahead.  According to this article about successful people who wake up early, research shows that early risers tend to be happier and more productive.  Rise (early) to shine!

Stay With It

Habits are only formed by doing something more than once.  A day or two of trying this out most likely wont give you the desired effect, but you will notice a difference faster than you think if you make a habit out of recovery.  As they say in Alcoholics Anonymous 12 step meetings, “it only works if you work it!”

Go ahead, give it a try.