When I crawled into recovery in 1990, I was a beaten and broken and desperate man. I became willing to follow suggestions from sober people and I learned how to stay sober too. The challenge became that I didn’t just want to be sober; I wanted a great life! Unfortunately, most of the truly good people who helped me get clean and sober had no more clue than I did at the time, how to move beyond the 12 steps and turn dreams into reality. Sure, we were all going to meetings, finding spiritual prosperity, and staying sober, but something was still missing.
Most addicts find themselves at some point asking themselves; is this all there is? Am I destined to spend my life in church basements attending 12-step meetings? Will I always be struggling to make ends meet, find true love, and discover my purpose? Not figuring out answers to these questions are often a contributing factor to relapse.
Don’t get me wrong. I owe my sobriety to the strong foundation the 12 steps have given me. But I firmly believe the true joy of recovery is practicing the principles in ALL my affairs. A Full and abundant life in recovery includes love, health, financial security, quality relationships and spiritual prosperity. My Mental Health blogs are designed to provide fresh ideas, and actionable suggestion that when practiced will immediately improve the quality of your life in recovery.
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