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Complacency in Sobriety

“Don’t get complacent.” You might hear this a lot in recovery, because the wheels tend to come off for people who don’t heed this advice. The moment you start thinking, “I’ve got this” about your recovery, you’re already in trouble. If you’re an addict or an alcoholic, you will never “have” this, but that is exactly what your disease wants you to think.

Complacency is a common occurrence in sobriety. If you go to meetings, you will hear people talk about their relapse, and how they drifted away from the program. Usually, they stopped showing up for meetings, stopped taking commitments, and stopped hanging out with people in recovery. If you start having thoughts like, “I really don’t want to go the meeting today,” or “Everyone in recovery drives me nuts” you need to check yourself. Addiction is a cunning, baffling, and powerful disease that wants you dead, and will subtly start taking over your thoughts if you let it.

Behavior becomes a part of complacency, too. If you attend meetings, you may begin showing up right at or a little after start time, then leave immediately at the end. You may start only going to speaker meetings. Before you know it, you stop going all together. If you are having negative thoughts about recovery, talk to someone you trust. Don’t let these thoughts and feelings fester inside of you, because they will erupt. Try doing the opposite of what your head is telling you. If you don’t feel like participating in your recovery, double your efforts.

It is important to do whatever it takes to get your mind right about your recovery. Sobriety needs to be first and foremost before anything else in your life. Without it, you will lose everything you’ve worked so hard for, which could include your life. If you are struggling right now, we can help you. Don’t put off your health and welfare any longer; today can be the last day you will ever experience the pain that you’re in right now. Recovery is a process and you don’t have to do it alone; we will help you transition into sobriety safely and comfortably in a supportive environment. Call us today, your new life awaits.

Detox is the first step toward a life of freedom in recovery. Addiction does not have to be the end of your story. Make a safe and comfortable detox the first chapter. The Serenity Recovery Center, conveniently located at the Encino Hospital Medical Center, offers a home-like environment for all stages of detox so you can begin your recovery in a healthy state of mind, body, and spirit. Call us today: 866.294.9401