Sometimes in recovery, it's difficult to see the forest for the trees. Today, I would like to invite you to reflect back on your recovery wins over the last twelve months - whether or not you think you should be further ahead, didn't try hard enough, or feel like you have a long way to go.
Consider asking yourself the following questions instead of engaging in your harmful behaviour the next time you feel an urge, or simply stay in one night, fetch pen and paper and write down your thoughts; I promise this exercise will be even more effective when you jot things down.
Here we go:
From ten to zero, where zero represents twelve months ago, where are you in your recovery right now?
How come you are already at that number?
Which five thoughts or ideas you had or things you did were particularly helpful?
Suppose you were able to keep up the good work, what would others notice about you twelve months from now?
When you think back over the last year or so, which three situations did you handle particularly well?
How were you able to do so?
What would it take to handle more situations this well?
Considering all of that… You’ve got this, don’t you? :)