Dual Recovery Anonymous™ is an independent, nonprofessional, Twelve Step, self-help membership organization for people with a dual diagnosis.
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Seven days without a meeting, makes one weak.
“One drink was too many, and a thousand was never enough.”
Once we get clean and sober we often find that many of our old patterns of daily living aren’t good for our recoveries or well-being.
The places we use to hang out to socialize, drink, and use drugs are now the most dangerous places we can go if we want to maintain our abstinence.
A common slogan heard at meetings is:
“If you don’t want to slip, stay out of slippery places!”
The safest way to deal with places like bars and taverns is to stay away from them. Some have tried to continue socializing in their old familiar haunts by drinking soda water, pop, or coffee, but this is doomed to failure.
It’s best to learn new ways to socialize and to work at building new clean and sober friendships. Twelve Step meetings are an excellent way to achieve this.
There are times however, that a recovering person may not be able to avoid a slippery place. Perhaps a business engagement or a family gathering where wine is served.
It helps if we spend some time and thought identifying those places and situations beforehand and figure out exactly how we plan to handle those situations from now on. Remember, recovering people ALWAYS have the right to say NO THANKS to offers of a drink (or drug).
No one is obligated to pick up and use just because a drink, pill, pipe, or line, is placed in front of them. By setting recovery as our first priority we are taking the best possible care of ourselves.
Relapses don’t just happen.
They are a series of events, feelings, behaviors, and thoughts that precede the actual act of taking that first drink or drug.
Identifying these events, feelings, behaviors and thoughts helps us stop the process long before it leads to an actual lapse or relapse.
In recovery, many of us find we have a lot of time to fill. Before recovery, drinking and using had been a big part of our lives.
Empty time and boredom are major relapse factors. We need to identify and participate in new activities that promote our recovery.
Since we can’t be in meetings all the time it helps to list constructive things to do with our free time.
“If you don’t want to get drunk, don’t drink!”