If your recovery runs out of steam, there will be a high risk of relapse. This is why it is so important for you to rekindle your passion on a regular basis. This passion gives you the energy to keep on doing the things you need to do in order to stay sober – it is what powers your motivation.
When you first quit alcohol or drugs, you are likely to feel a huge sense of relief. At this stage, sobriety is all new and fresh and it is easy to feel grateful for all the improvements in your life that occur during early recovery. The excitement and newness of things is likely to mean you feel incredibly passionate, so it is easy for you to do all the things you need to do to stay sober. The problem is that, over time, you can begin to take things for granted, which means the source of your passion begins to dry up. Unless you find a new way to remain motivated, you could easily start to slide back towards addiction.
One of the common reasons why individuals relapse is that they have just stopped valuing sobriety, meaning that they are no longer willing to fight for it. Addiction will have left a mark on your brain, which means that there will always be a pull back towards this behaviour. Taking recovery for granted reduces your resistance to a point that you may no longer be able to resist this pull.
Unless you take steps to remain passionate, you are eventually likely to run out of this vital energy. Below are a few suggestions for how you can rekindle it:
- Some rehab programmes offer booster sessions where you return to the facility after you have been sober for a certain period (for example, one year). The idea of these sessions is to recharge your batteries and to introduce you to some more advanced techniques for building a good life in sobriety.
- One of the best ways to keep your passions levels high is to develop gratitude for your sobriety – old-timers in recovery like to say that as long as you remain grateful, you will never relapse. You can do this by keeping a gratitude journal in which you write down all the good things in your life on a daily basis.
- Keep a journal of your progress in sobriety. As soon as you feel your passion levels start to wane, you can read back on older entries in the journal to remind you of how far you have come.
- Set yourself goals in recovery and start working towards making these a reality.
- Join a fellowship group and attend meetings regularly – being around other sober people will remind you of the benefits of sobriety, and it means you will be getting plenty of support as well.
- Getting involved in some type of service work in which you help newcomers to recovery – this will be a powerful reminder of what is waiting for you if you relapse. It is best to only do this type of service when your own sobriety is strong.
- It is a good idea to reward yourself for reaching your goals in recovery, and it is nice to celebrate things such as your sober anniversary as well.
- Always keep in mind that staying sober is your number one priority in life. It has to be this way because, if you lose your sobriety, you risk losing everything.