When you’re not committed to something, it’s not your first priority. It’s something you may think about from time to time, but it’s not your driving force. Whatever it is – it’s not your primary motivation that gets you out of the bed in the morning.
Commitment is something that drives you, pulls you, and moves you. According to an online dictionary, commitment is the state or quality of being in which you are dedicated to a cause. You might feel as though you have a responsibility, obligation, or even an allegiance to something.
Of course, if you’re a recovering addict, you might decide to make a commitment to your recovery. Yet, there’s an underlying message that this communicates. When you are committed to your recovery, you are essentially committed to yourself. For some recovering addicts, this can be difficult. Making yourself your primary responsibility might be hard. Taking good care of yourself may feel like a challenge. Knowing what to do to keep your life stable might feel difficult.
Most recovering addicts often disregard themselves. They tend to have a low self-worth and very little self-compassion. The feelings and thoughts associated with low self-esteem frequently contribute to an addiction. The denial that anything is wrong in the addiction cycle is also the denial of self-harm and destruction. Turning low self-esteem on its head and taking a stand for your life can be difficult to do at first.
In fact, perhaps in the beginning, you might have to get sober purely out of necessity. Perhaps you’re afraid of dying, going to jail, or getting kicked out of your home. Perhaps you’re afraid of losing your marriage or your job or your children. It could very well be that ending your addiction grew out of necessity and even fear.
However, if you’re sober now, then certainly you can see that it’s necessary to stay on this track of sobriety. If you’re sober now, you might see some of the changes in your life. Perhaps you’re seeing your health improve. Perhaps you’re recognizing the advantages of staying clean. Although it’s also true that sometimes it can be difficult to remember why you want to stay sober. Sometimes, you might be struggling with all your triggers, all your personal challenges that the only thing in site that sounds at all rewarding is a drink. Certainly, the slightest trigger and craving can occur almost without notice. Even if you have made the decision to end your drinking or drug use, it’s easy for a small stimuli to trigger an intense craving. Stress from work, relationship concerns with spouses, family issues, environmental cues, running into old drinking or drugging friends can create a strong desire to use. Of course, having these kinds of triggers, whether you’re in or out of a drug treatment facility, can lead to chronic relapse and continued substance abuse.
For this reason, it’s important to make a commitment or a promise to your recovery. Then, in those moments of craving and desire, you can remember your recovery and your commitment to it. At first, it might be difficult. However, each time you choose recovery over a craving, your commitment gets stronger and stronger.
Think about the word allegiance provided at the start of this article. Likely you thought of “pledging allegiance to the flag”. Can you imagine the kind of commitment American soldiers have for their country? Can you imagine the kind of sacrifices they made, the type of strength they needed to have to endure war-like environments?
It’s that kind of allegiance, commitment, and dedication that you might need sometimes to stay sober. Essentially you’re fighting yourself. You’re going to be facing your triggers, cravings, negative thoughts, and old habits. You’ve got to dedicate yourself to recovery in order to move through those obstacles with ease.
If you want to make a commitment to your recovery right now, do so! You can begin by committing yourself to one action that will move your life forward. It can be anything at all. If you can’t make this commitment for yourself, then do it for all those men and women around the world who are still drinking and can’t get out of the addiction cycle. Make a commitment today!
If you are reading this on any other blog than The Lakehouse Recovery Center or via my RSS Feed, it is stolen content without credit.
Follow us on twitter @TheLakehouseRC
Come and visit our blog at https://lakehouserecoverycenter.com/blog/