Daily Recovery Affirmations-August 14th, 2019
Syringes to Sobriety posts daily recovery affirmations for anyone who may need some inspiration. Our posts are not long-winded recovery preaching sermons and they are not always rainbows and puppies positive. Just some cold-hard truth. Some information we all need to hear. Take it or leave it. These daily recovery affirmations are not only for recovering users, although the discussion usually contains talk of drugs because this was my truth. The only way I can help others is to speak my truth. So enjoy!
Daily Recovery Affirmation
“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.”Eleanor Roosevelt
This quote, by the lovely Eleanor Roosevelt, should spark something in the reader stuck in a chaotic lifestyle, battling substance abuse disorder, as well as those who feel they are not living the life they had planned for themselves.
Whether you feel desperate, depressed, manic, frightened, or just plain fed up, I HAVE BEEN THERE. Millions of other
While using we spend massive amounts of time wishing our lives were different. If we put a little bit of effort toward changing each day, we would start to get somewhere…start to recover. For tips on how to implement
Having the right mindset, knowing you want to recover, is a great starting point, but those who fail to take a step over the starting line, never get any closer to the finishing line. In other words, you have to do something if you want to recover or change your life at all.
Eleanor Roosevelt got it right. Stop wasting your energy wishing. Use that energy to make a plan, to DO SOMETHING.
DO SOMETHING, ANYTHING
Take a few minutes each day to make a list. When you start daydreaming about how different you wish your life was, or how many things you were so close to accomplishing before your started using, take out a pen and paper. Start making tiny goals. Simple stuff. For example:
- Call an addiction hotline to see what services are out there
- Register for state health insurance
- Call my local methadone clinic
- Find my local N.A. meeting hall
- Find a local SMART meeting
- Register for food stamps
- Apply for a job
After you have your list, take a few minutes out of each day thereafter to check things off your list. Refer to How to Get off Drugs for a more detailed example of how to accomplish this.
Listen, I have been there. Homeless, staying in crappy motel rooms, sleeping with one eye open, grateful you even have a room for the night. I have been desperate enough to steal to get my next high just to stay well. I knew if I let myself get sick there was no way I could hustle to get another motel room. It is all such chaos thinking back on it.
Think about how hard you work toward getting your fix each day. Stealing, getting money, cashing gift cards, trading favors, and so on.
If you put even ten percent of that energy toward doing one small thing (like the examples listed above) for your recovery each day, you will start to feel better. GUARANTEED.
Eventually, you will gain the momentum needed to put all your energy toward living the life you really want to live.
Before I forget…
Oh yeah, one more thing! If your ideal life does not look like what society tells you a recovered drug user’s life should look like, more power to you! You do you, but try to take Eleanor’s advice. After all, she was a very wise woman! You won’t regret it.