The Joy and Challenges of Long Term Recovery

For those who are fresh out of recovery, motivation seems to come from a bottomless well, you’re surrounded by others just as eager as you to make it through and day, week, or month sober. You’ve got resources lined up, a community to lean on, and friends and family members who couldn’t be happier to see you on a healthier path. However, sometimes in long term recovery the motivation and community support can fall by the way side. Whether that’s good or bad really depends from person to person and varies based on circumstances. 

For many people in long term recovery, they just need less help with staying sober as their new habits have become ingrained and second nature to them at this point. It could be considered one of the joys of long term recovery that it takes a little less effort to make it through each day. By this time, you’ve ridden out many of life’s storms and dealt with new stressors and situations without reverting to old ways. In many ways, you’re now sailing through recovery without the constant thought that your ship might soon sink. 

This is also really where the challenges lie for those who’ve been in recovery for quite some time. While it may have become second nature and a little easier to stay sober, it still must be a constant thought at the forefront of your mind to continue to stay on the path, remember what’s at stake, and remember why you left the life you came from behind. 

One of the greatest challenges of long term sobriety is complacency. When recovering addicts get too comfortable and become complacent, it can sometimes be right here on the path where they run into trouble. If you’re in long term recovery, remember who you are, where you came from and where you were striving to be. If you’ve made it all the way to the place you wanted to be back when you first got started, don’t get complacent and don’t stop there. Strive to do more and be more. Always keep moving forward in the right direction and pat yourself on the back for how far you’ve made it already.

N.D. “Staying Motivated in Long-Term Sobriety”. Alcohol Rehab. (Website). 2017

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  • Vigilance is such an important part of long-term recovery. You have to keep your guard up at all times, because addiction is a sneaky son-of-a-b*tch and it can put its hooks back in you when you least expect it. 
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