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Rome was not built in a day

Recovery takes time. As each day goes by we learn concepts and gain insights that will help us move on to the next stage or Step in recovery. When we move from active addiction into dual recovery we have decided to engage in a process of healing and growth.

The simple slogan, First Things First, reminds us to set our priorities in an orderly way. We cannot do everything at once and we need not feel overwhelmed or guilty for that. In every situation there is one thing that is more important, then one that is next in line and so on. When we use Good Orderly Direction and put recovery first in our lives, we reduce stress and clear a path to progress.

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A few common tools that sustain recovery and help in times of crisis are:
Journaling our progress in recovery
Meetings, attending DRA and other 12 Step support meetings
The telephone, reaching out
Prayer and meditation  seeking guidance

Reading recovery books and literature

A plan of action, a written list of things to do when sudden cravings strike or symptoms increase
  Additional forms and lists that can help us to build a personal relapse prevention plan
Relaxation techniques
Service work, helping others
The Steps, the basis of our recovery
Talking to sponsors, caring advisors, and recovering friends
Recovery slogans
First Things First  
This Too Shall Pass  
One Day At A Time  
Easy Does It  
H.A.L.T.  
Keep It Simple  
Live And Let Live  
The Serenity Prayer
Today I will do one thing
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