5 Every Day Basics for Quality Addiction Recovery
Updated: Jan 14
The first one is going to a sober support meeting today. Whether it be AA, NA or any other type of support meeting that you choose to go to, it is important that you go now and go regularly. Make a list of the meetings in your area that you can attend every week and put them in your schedule. If you’re new to sobriety, going to at least one meeting a day is important. I have provided links to some websites that can help you easily lookup meetings in your area.
Number two is to read two pages of recovery literature every day. It is highly recommended that you stick to reading from the big book which is the basic text of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), the AA 12 and 12, or the NA textbook everyday. Reading the two pages in the morning is the best so we can start our day off with recovery on our mind.
Number three and four is prayer and meditation in the morning and at night when you wake up and before you go to bed. A couple simple prayers, like the serenity prayer or asking your higher power to help keep you sober today is a good start. If you’re not familiar with meditation, just taking time to reflect on whatever it is that you’ve read in your daily reading or just taking time to be silent is a great way to begin.
“God, grant me the serenity to accept things I can not change.
Courage to change things I can.
And Wisdom to know the difference”.
Number five, call your sponsor everyday and check in with them. If you don’t have a sponsor don’t be discouraged, they are really easy to find. In step one of the basics you made a list of the meetings that you’re going to go to every week and started going. Finding a sponsor there will be easy for you if you’re willing to ask for help. Remember this: sponsors need you as much as you need them. Asking someone to sponsor you is helping them and doing them a favor for their recovery.
Do these five basics everyday! Use them as your plan and your foundation for better recovery. Remind yourself that these basics are nothing compared to the amount of time and work that your addiction demanded. These Basics will keep you grounded in your recovery program and help you to gain traction towards living a full, complete and healthy recovery lifestyle. There is no time like the present to get started on feeling better about yourself and what you can do to improve your sobriety.