Using Common Sense in Recovery

In recovery your top most important goals are probably staying substance free and not having a relapse. Basic strategies for achieving success in sober living are: don’t drink or take drugs, attend fellowship meetings on a regular basis, don’t hang out with your old friends with whom you drank or did drugs, make new friends, and find a good therapist. These common sense suggestions have worked well for many people in recovery.

If you have a mental disorder, were abused or traumatized as a child, it might be hard for you, in some situations, to make a wise decision. Making poor decisions, one right after the other, can be frustrating and add to problems with self-esteem.

If you have trouble coping with day to day decision making in recovery you have the option to reach out for help. Reaching out for help is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. When you’re in the fog or uncertainty of early recovery, it can be hard to think things through. There’s no shame in this. You’re just out of practice, and due to an addiction, your thoughts were centered on how to obtain the next drink or substance of your choice.

When you ask for help, you’re giving someone else the opportunity to help you, and feel good about it—everybody wins. Areas people in recovery may need help with include: nutrition, finances, time management, job training or help finding employment, children, and housing.

Most everyone wants to be loved. If you are divorced or single, and newly sober, you could start looking around for someone to date. You might do this because you are lonely, or you might unconsciously want a distraction from the hard of looking at yourself and your behaviors. Jumping into a love relationship when you’re newly sober is like trying to run a marathon without any training. Common sense says to establish some sober living before you start dating because there’s important work do be done. Don’t worry, love can come at the right time.

“Common sense is genius dressed in working clothes.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

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