The claws of addiction dig deep.
No matter what your drug of choice is, your brain has undergone changes due to substance use and abuse.
As a result, you try to fight addiction only to come full circle to the same point (or worse) you were in before.
But if only abstaining was enough to set yourself on the path to healing. If that were the case, treatment centers would be empty and meetings would become unnecessary.
Earning an Alcoholics Anonymous chip is no easy feat. It may seem like mile markers to those who are not in the program. It may seem laughable to take it everywhere with you.
Yet, this all comes down to you.
Many alcoholics and drug addicts you have stopped using multiple times. In fact, some of us quit every day.
Only to start again the next morning.
Too many people confuse recovery from drug and alcohol addiction as a plan to stop drinking and doing drugs.
In fact, it is much different than stopping.
And one of the essential parts of recovery is a relapse prevention plan.
Creating a relapse prevention plan is like constructing a safety net for your sobriety. In the best of circumstances, you don't ever need a safety net.
But if you ever do get in a life-threatening situation, you'll be glad it's there.
Addiction is a misunderstood ailment that is often handled poorly.
Even those who have been sober for years can have cravings from time to time.
That's why the AA prayer can be extremely comforting.
Repeating a motivational phrase can do wonders for your recovery.
This is especially true when you are struggling to stave off cravings.
Prayer may seem like a shallow, trivial answer to a serious problem.