Today marks another milestone in my recovery. 45 months ago today on March 14th, I accepted the fact that I was an alcoholic and needed help. I celebrate every day of recovery by being thankful and every month of recovery by remaining grateful and humble in my recovery.
Today is a day of reflection and another day of triumph in my life as a recovering alcoholic. Days and nights have become easier, but there is always temptation out there from the demons of addiction. I continue to live my life in forward motion and I may slow down at times, but I can guarantee that today I will not stop, as people in recovery achieve success / progress one day at a time.
I’ve been asked before when I’m going to stop counting and celebrating each month (I don’t have a party or anything like that). I respond by saying never. I don’t usually announce my monthly anniversary to people I know. This post is an unusual one for me and I’m not seeking a pat on the back. I’m sharing this with others because every day of sobriety / recovery should be a celebration for yourself. Pat your self on the back at night and remind yourself you are worth it to remain in recovery. Does it get easier with time… Yes it does. I believe it does because after you adapt to a new way of living and ‘walking’, strategies and coping skills become more habitual. You can never let your guard down against the temptations and demons. You don’t have to fight it, but you can’t become lazy I your recovery. This gives addiction a way back in the door.
If you go to AA meetings, keep going… If you read daily motivations, keep reading…
If you blog your thoughts / feelings, keep blogging.
There is always someone listening to you and your thoughts.
If you’ve been in recovery for an hour, day, month, year, 20 years, 40 years, etc, stand up and take a bow! You owe it to yourself and others in your life since you have changed the life of yourself and I can guarantee the lives of others around you.
Have a sense of Pride, Self-Worth, Self Survival and Empower yourself to continue down a positive road because it may not be easy, but it’s worth it.