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Friday, January 3, 2020

Recovery 2020: Keep What Works

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Celebrate Hope would like to wish everyone working a program of addiction recovery a safe, sober, and productive New Year. Naturally, we are hopeful that all of you were able to utilize your recovery toolbox to get through both Christmas and New Year’s Eve without an incident, i.e., relapse.

If you read our most recent post, then perhaps you gleaned some tips that helped you navigate the 12th hour of 2019? If you put the information to use, then it’s likely you made it into 2020 with your sobriety intact. Now, you can look ahead toward a productive 365 strengthening your recovery so that you have many more fruitful years to come.

At the start of a New Year, it can be beneficial to take a look back on what helped and hindered your recovery last year. There is a saying in rooms that is both simple and salient: keep what works and leave the rest behind.

While there is a formula to follow in the hopes of achieving long-term recovery, no two programs are exactly the same. What works well for you may not be as helpful for one of your peers and vice versa. Naturally, you will want to model your program on your sponsors; but there may be things that you do that he or she doesn’t, which is more than OK.

Perhaps you meditate and your sponsor prays, or maybe it’s the other way around? You might find speaker meetings more beneficial than open discussion meetings; on this subject, it is helpful to have some variance. Sharing is one of the cornerstones of 12 Step recovery. The point is that each member of the program has to find what works best for them; you have the freedom to choose what your daily regimen of recovery looks like as you trudge the road of happy destiny.

Reading and Writing in Recovery


We each learn about ourselves and find perspective in different ways. Some people read the approved literature voraciously, even after going through the Steps. Others place significant emphasis on daily journaling; they find that it helps them gain clarity on a myriad of subjects.

Naturally, working a program of 12 Step recovery requires that you do a fair amount of reading, especially early on in your journey. As your program strengthens, you are afforded more time to choose the ways and means of maintaining your sobriety. Do you journal or make gratitude lists regularly? Both writing tasks can be of great benefit.

Gratitude lists help you remember all that is excellent and helpful in your life. Such inventories can pull you out of a funk when you are feeling down or remind you of who you want to express gratitude towards. Journaling, on the other hand, is a practice you may want to look into if you haven’t already incorporated it into your program.

There are times when you may not feel ready to share your thoughts about something at a meeting. Making a practice of journaling can help you formulate and process your thoughts more cohesively. It will enable you to return to your homegroup in a better position to share what you are dealing with or about subjects where you may need some guidance.

This year, please consider taking the time to do some writing. You might find it challenging at first, but you will more than likely find it is beneficial in the end. An excellent starting point is journaling about what worked for you in 2019 and what didn’t; keep what works and leave the rest behind.

Faith-Based Recovery in 2020


If your or a loved one’s life is negatively affected by drugs and alcohol, then we invite you to reach out to Celebrate Hope. Our faith-based addiction treatment program is the ideal recovery launching point for people who adhere or for people who subscribe to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Our team of highly trained addiction professionals combines evidence-based therapies with Christian principles. We help our clients reconnect and foster meaningful therapeutic relationships with Jesus Christ, as they work toward leading a life in addiction recovery.

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