CHECK IN TO SOBRIETY
WITH NO RESERVATIONS
We’ve said it a thousand times and we’ll say it a thousand more. Getting sober is hard. Staying that way is harder. There are many ways to quit drinking and using. Suck it up. Go to detox. Try to tapir. Check in to rehab. However you do it, you did it. But putting down that bottle or pipe or whatever is just the beginning. Before you jump into sobriety, there are a few things to consider. What kind of sobriety do you want and just how committed to it are you willing to be?
Again, getting sober is hard, hard and harder. When you actually get there though, it’s a demonstration to yourself and those around you that you are finally ready to change your life for the benefit of all. But there’s still a lot of work to do and a lot of hazards ahead. Just because you stopped drinking and are enjoying that glow we get when our minds and bodies start to heal from all the wreckage we’ve put upon ourselves and everybody else, doesn’t mean the deed is done. Before you jump into sobriety, consider this; you need to do sobriety with no reservations!
We’re not talking about the Holiday Inn or the overpriced steakhouse you regret throwing your card down on that night. We’re talking about the reservations you may have about your true commitment to this recovery thing. The ones born of doubt. We’re talking about those second thoughts stirring in your head. The reservations you may be considering about whether you can really stay sober. Those gnawing suspicions that maybe you’re not ready for this. Maybe you’re not prepared for the hard work real sobriety requires. Or, maybe, in the back of your mind, you’re kidding yourself into thinking that you can just do this alone and it will be a snap. Or maybe you’re having second thoughts about whether you need to get sober at all?
You can’t jump into sobriety with reservations swimming around you like sharks ready for the kill. No reservations means you won’t forget the reality of that dark place you came from. No reservations means you won’t ever let slide those triggers you need to learn and avoid. No reservations means you will show up to meetings and groups even when you just aren’t feeling it. No reservations means you’ll fix your faults, stay busy, give back and embrace your spirituality.
No reservations means you’ll exercise, start sleeping again, do again the things you loved doing and now can again, reach out to those you left behind, and repeat always; one day at a time. Sobriety is hard. Jump in, beat off the sharks, and let those reservations float away.