The Plan

You’ve already likely committed to some vague plan now that you’ve realized you or a loved one has a problem. This probably includes a daily regimen of eating regular, nutritious meals, ensuring that you get the appropriate amount of sleep each night, plenty of physical exercise – to the extent that you are able – attending 12-step group meetings, keeping any appointments with your doctor or therapist, returning to work, reading recovery literature, and so on.

So you’re not out there swimming alone in a fog with no beacon to guide you. Sure, it takes time to become accustomed to the kinds of things that have been recommended for you to do daily. It does tend to all jumble together at first and none of it is what you’re used to. Maybe you had an altogether different idea of what recovery would be like or maybe you were somewhat prepared for what the first few days and weeks would be like. It is still a new and different way of living and one that you will need time to adjust to.

Naturally, depending on how long you were addicted and what type of addiction you had, whether you had any co-occurring disorders or other medical conditions, your plan may have a number of other daily recommendations in it.

The most important thing to remember in this strategy is to stick to the plan. You need to make allowances for the time it will take you to feel at home living in your newfound sobriety. It can feel scary and bewildering, at first, but this will subside over time. Keep going to meetings, get a sponsor and begin working the Twelve Steps, make use of your 12-step support network, and be kind to yourself.

You will be successful in sobriety if you stick to your plan. Now is not the time to make radical changes to the basic plan. You will be able to branch out and do different things as you get stronger and feel like you’ve got a firm recovery foundation upon which to build.

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