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Long-term Recovery and Staying Honest

Honesty in Recovery – Staying in your Integrity

In Narcotics Anonymous they state, “The three indispensable principles for Recovery are Honesty, Open-mindedness and Willingness”, of which honesty comes first.

The only way to truly give you the best chance in Recovery is to be honest.

In Step One of the Twelve Steps you finally have the opportunity to be honest. For some of you this might have been the first time you were truly honest about how much you took, the frequency, and with whom.  We are not talking the amended version here, but the real deal.

Through honesty you can look at the consequences of your addiction and its impact upon your health, family, and finances. This honesty should have been the driving force behind your continuing care plan, with the key goal of remaining abstinent in your Recovery. Your continuing care plan is an essential part of your Recovery and let us not underestimate that it is there to save your life.

Be honest with yourself now and reflect on how many of the activities in your aftercare plan you are keeping. If you have deviated from your plan, the question is why? Why have you moved away from a plan that at one point you thought was crucial for you to get well? When did you give yourself permission to be different?

This is where open-mindedness and willingness come in. You cannot graft a new idea to a close mind, and if “our best thinking got us here” we need some new ideas to get us back on to the road towards Recovery.

If you want to avoid a relapse, it’s time to go back to your Continuing Care Plan. It takes humility, ego deflation, and a willingness to go to any length to get well, and start your new life. Here are a few steps to help get you back on track…

  • Attend Day Programs
  • Join a 12 Step Fellowship. Even by watching and listening, you will be inspired by the power of other’s Recovery stories
  • Get a sponsor. It will be hard, but it might be the phone call that saves your life
  • Work the steps, don’t just read them, work them
  • Get a therapist and continue working on your functional adult skills
  • Practice gratitude and kindness daily
  • Journal about your Recovery and notice where you are and what’s happening for you each day
  • Follow your long-term continuing care plan

If you are feeling triggered, or nervous about relapse – reach out for support. You can contact your sponsor, talk to a therapist, attend meetings, connect with family or friends or call us on 1800 063 332.