Someone once said that “Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom,” and nowhere is that more true than in recovery – – especially in early recovery. Our addictions were full-time jobs, taking most of our time, attention and energy. Were that not the case, we would have felt no particular interest in escaping from them. Returning to reality takes all the time, energy and commitment we can bring to bear on the project. Our addict is unemployed, and as another old proverb goes, “The devil finds work for idle hands.” Continue reading →
Fight Complacency in AA and Avoid Relapse — Spiritual River
When I was in early sobriety, I imagined that there must be a certain point that people reach in recovery where they are now going to “make it.” A certain length of clean time where people are protected against the threat of relapse.
Turns out this simply isn’t true. In fact, the statistics for long term sobriety are quite frightening–-the drop off rate of relapsing addicts and alcoholics doesn’t really slow down much as your length of sobriety increases.
So what causes a person to relapse after experiencing a genuine sobriety? The answer is complacency.