Putting Our Thoughts Into Action
When we last talked about the principles of recovery, the topic was love. Specifically, we discussed moving our focus from inward to outward. We’re going to continue that thread this week in our discussion of discipline, the next principle of recovery. Step Nine of Alcoholics Anonymous states that we “made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others”. This reflects the concept of putting our thoughts into action and how we make our re-entry into the world. To do this, we have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. It’s also going to take a lot of discipline.
Keeping Our Foot on the Gas
We may have turned our will over to our concept of a higher power, but we’ve still got to show up every day to put in the work. This goes for the good days as well as the bad. We’ve talked a bit in the past about how the “pink cloud” phase of recovery can be such a treacherous one. When we start to feel better and start to get our lives back, it can be so easy to take our foot off the gas. In our blog on “surrender,” we framed this as taking our will back. Here, we need to remember the things that got us to this point. And we need to remember to continue to do those things until they become automatic. Until they become as much of a habit as drinking and drugging were. And this means having the discipline to suit up every day.
Keeping Our Focus on the Right Path
This is a good moment to take a step back and talk a little about what discipline is and what it isn’t. So many of us in recovery are survivors of trauma. And a lot of that trauma comes from a difficult childhood with well-meaning parents. A lot of us deal with a lot of rigid, all-or-nothing thinking. For some, the idea of discipline is a trigger, bringing back memories of what we went through. For others, it’s an impossible ideal of perfection at all costs. Discipline is not working a perfect program. In fact, we’ve never met anyone who does. Rather, discipline means to keep on going despite the missteps. We’re looking for “progress, not perfection,” and to get it, we need to keep our focus on the right path.
Real Courage Means Asking for Help
When we’re in the depths of our addictions, we are so lost we don’t even know where the right path begins. Ocean Recovery has been successfully leading men and women to the path of recovery since 2002. At our facilities in sunny Newport Beach, California, hundreds of clients have taken their first steps towards new lives of sobriety and happiness. We offer individual and group counseling, addiction education, family therapy, and much more as part of our holistic approach to substance abuse treatment. If you or someone you love is struggling with a substance use disorder, please give Ocean Recovery a call today. Real courage means asking for help. Ocean Recovery is ready to answer.