Maintain involvement in an aftercare program, through our agency, with emphasis on relapse prevention.
Identify a Sponsor within the AA or NA fellowship; maintain frequent contact with the Sponsor, both by phone and in-person. Many individuals who have acquired long-term recovery maintain daily contact with their Sponsor; at a minimum 3-5 contacts per week.
Complete a 90 and 90; attending 90 fellowship meetings preferably during the first 90 days of recovery; this type of a commitment provides you with an in-depth orientation to the importance of the fellowship program in your recovery.
Choose an AA/NA home group; by selecting a home group, you will become more service oriented within the fellowship; making coffee, setting up chairs, greeting newcomers, etc.
Make the AA Big Book your best friend…the information will be invaluable in your recovery.
Maintain steady, regular attendance at AA or NA meetings…Don’t use excuses about why you have decided not to attend. Instead, find reasons why you need to continue to remain involved…the fellowships of AA and NA have been the most-powerful and effective recovery programs in the world. Millions of people credit their long-term recovery to AA and NA.
Assess your peer associations to determine if many of your friends and acquaintances use alcohol in excess or use drugs; Remember the 3 P’s…if you associate with UNHEALTHY PLAYMATES, they will introduce you to UNHEALTHY PLAYPENS, and you will use UNHEALTHY PLAYTHINGS.
Do not deviate from your recommended treatment plan at any time; Remember, relapses occur most often through complacency or deviation of your treatment plan.
Experiment or try to engage in activities, hobbies, or interests that you have never tried or those that you had participated in, but discontinued because drugs and alcohol took away your interest in them.
Attempt to pursue your spirituality; whether this means to begin spiritual worship, begin reading appropriate materials, and/or engaging in prayer groups…understanding who you are and finding a Higher Power in your life significantly augments your recovery …many recovering people believe the circle of recovery is completed when you add a spiritual component.
Try to volunteer in your community. It is a well-known fact that when you give of yourself through service to others, the benefits you will derive will be beneficial. You need to feel the tremendous high you will get when you volunteer your gift of kindness.
Be honest with your physician about your recovery. Talk with them so they are aware of your recovery. Through this partnership, your physician will use caution in prescribing medications for other diseases or medical conditions you might have and will be mindful of your recovery relative to the use of medications for surgeries or other medical procedures you may require.
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