Relapse Prevention Requires Reset Button

by The Discovering Alcoholic on December 28, 2009

Relapse Prevention Requires Reset Button at The Discovering Alcoholic
“I don’t know what happened, I just found myself with a drink/pill in my hand.” It’s not so much an excuse as it is a statement… and a lie at that. Trust me, a lot of groundwork went into justifying that drink. Relapse is a process that starts with a return to addictive thinking long before the drinking/drugging begins.

Procrastination, rationalization, and prevarication- these are the things I personally have to be careful to avoid because they feed on each other and grow exponentially. I attribute much of my decade and half of sobriety to harsh introspection and identifying this type behavior before it gets out of hand. I do not want to find myself painted into a corner where the only solution seems to be to drink my way out. Yeah that may sound insane, that’s because it is.

I’m only human, and often find myself slipping. Telling a white lie here or goofing off there, no one is perfect. The key to my recovery health though is recognizing the behavior and hitting the reset button. That means admitting my mistake, facing my fears, or just putting my nose to the grindstone… whatever it takes to get back on track. I can’t tell you many times I have rearranged my office, put in a full day of yard work, or just spending a day with family; all of these I consider hitting the reset button. Almost anything to break the complacency and refocus on a productive recovery will do. But the problem isn’t really hitting the reset button, it’s recognizing when to hit it that is so difficult.

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