What is Progress, Not Perfection?

As human beings, we are in a constant state of change—for better, for worse, and everything in between. In recovery, we are constantly learning how to live life differently than the only way we knew how. As though life isn’t hard enough, starting over presents a whole new set of challenges.

Recovery teaches us to live one day at a time. Living on a day-to-day basis leaves little room to project into the future or dwell in the past. We take baby steps to improve our lives, and when it happens that we take two steps backwards, we persevere and keep moving forward. Some days, the absolute best we can do is to not pick up a drink or a drug; no matter what anyone says, if you go to bed sober, you are doing recovery right.

Recovery, like life, is a learning process. We are bound to make mistakes along the way, but as long as we don’t pick up, our lives will continue to improve. The only thing you have to do perfectly in recovery is not drink and not use. Everything else we learn is supplemental. Though some days may not feel like it, the place you are now is worlds apart from when you were in the throes of addiction. That’s progress, and you should be proud of yourself for staying the course. If you are still struggling with the disease, the fact that you are reading this shows progress toward wanting to get well.

Saying yes to treatment is a huge step in the right direction. It is here where we learn that we don’t have to be perfect, and that we can lean on others for help. Most of us struggle with the idea of asking for help, but when we realize our lives depend on asking for it, that is progress. What we never realized, is that people want and are willing to help. None of us will ever be perfect, but as long as we help each other and stay clean and sober, we are living life well. We want to help you, give us a call and begin your journey today.





The Lakehouse Recovery Center offers private, residential care. Our program brings together recovery and non recovery focused treatments to help clients heal and learn how to live life again, without drugs and alcohol. Call us today for information: 877.762.3707


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