Relapse

As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness. Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor. I warned you when you were prosperous, but you replied, ‘Don’t bother me.’ You have been that way since childhood—you simply will not obey Me! Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.

Proverbs 26:11 ~ Proverbs 29:23 ~ Jeremiah 22:21 ~ 2 Timothy 2:22

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Taking Responsibility

We are each responsible for our own conduct.  Galatians 6:5

No one else is going to take responsibility for our recovery, anymore than anyone is going to take responsibility for our mess.

Responsible people admit when their wrongs. We need to take full responsibility for our past, our present and our future. Blaming others will not help us recover. And, we need to prepare for the fact we are going to have to confess our wrongs to God in the recovery process if we want to get well.

Responsible people plan for their future. We need to start investing our time and our skills to the process of recovery. Investing in what is going to help us get well rather than help us to relaps.

Responsible people know their abilities and limitations. What works for ne person in recovery won’t work fro everyone. God in His wisdom created us all in His image, but He created us as individuals. And as indivuduals we need to discove His unique plan for our recovery. Don’t try to take on too much in recovery untill you have found your feet and where you fit in the ongoing process.

1 Chronicles 21:8 David said to God, “I have sinned greatly by taking this census. Please forgive my guilt for doing this foolish thing.” What foolish thing have you done that you need to talk to God about as you take responibility for it?

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#16-Don’t go back

2 Peter 2:18 They speak empty, bragging words. They make their appeal to the earthly longings of people’s sinful nature. They tempt new believers who are just escaping from the company of sinful people.

Early in my recovery I remember many people who spoke like they knew what recovery was all about. Whilst in a rehab one such person, knowing my goal was long time sobriety invited me to join him at the local hotel. I would like to say I didn’t but I did.

Best intentions when it comes to sobriety sometimes just aren’t enough. Everyone in recovery needs to find a supportive person who will keep them accountable and honest.

  • Who do you know that could keep you accountable?
  • Will you ask them to?

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