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Why are Sobriety Dates Important?

If you hang around the rooms of 12-Step recovery programs, you will hear people talk about and celebrate the day they stopped drinking and using. In the first year, there are several milestones (30, 60, 90 days, and months thereafter) that newcomers can pick up chips, all leading up to the one year anniversary and medallion. For many, a sobriety date is similar to a birthday; the birth of a life free from addiction. We didn’t start living until that day, and it is a date we cherish.

Occasionally, you will hear someone talk about relapse, and say, “I just don’t want to change my sobriety date.” This is true in a sense for most of us, but what’s an even bigger issue is that if we did drink or use, we may not get another sobriety date. For those of us who are true alcoholics and drug addicts, we have very little choice in when we will be able to stop once we pick up. Some people will go days, weeks, months, or years in active addiction before attempting to return to the rooms. Others, won’t be so lucky. Relapse is, unfortunately, never a guarantee. We can tell ourselves it will just be one drink, one hit, one night, or even one week. However, addiction is something that takes over our brain, not something that works with our brain. Relapse doesn’t come with an expiration date. Our lives, however, do.  

Once you’ve had some time, if you go back to drinking or using, the likelihood of you being able to get another sobriety date—and keep it—is greatly reduced. The more you bounce in and out, the harder it becomes. Some people aren’t able to come and go, because they end up in the ground before they had the chance to do so. When it comes to life and death, changing a date would be a luxury many of us can’t afford. If you have a date, you have the most precious gift you will ever be given. You may not be given another one, so protect it with everything you have.

If you don’t have a sobriety date, and want one, we can help. The Serenity Recovery Center is the first step many individuals before you have taken on their journey into sobriety. The staff in our state-of-the-art detox center welcomes you to begin your own recovery here, surrounded by compassionate medical professionals. Your comfort and safety are our top priorities, and we will do anything we can to make your transition off drugs and/or alcohol gentler on your mind and body. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at 844-339-6964. You are not alone, your life can change, and you can recover.