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Substance Abuse Recovery Means Living One Day at a Time

When I walked into my first substance abuse recovery meeting, “one day at a time” had no meaning to me. Because of my anxiety, I always thought days and even years in advance, future tripping and wanting alcohol to cope. I thought of never being able to have a drink ever again, and it terrified me. It wasn’t until someone with multiple years of sobriety told me that all I had to do was live one day at a time that immediately, miraculously, I found a sense of relief.

I Can Stay Sober for One Day at a Time

When I tackled my early addiction recovery program, I thought of the many years that I could never have a drink again. This made me very depressed and anxious. Being a planner, I was very afraid of the unknown. I had to have a plan for what was happening at all times, and when it was going to happen. Before I started to go to meetings, I couldn’t last more than three days without a drink. I discussed this during my first week of meetings and someone who had been in the program for awhile told me to focus on not drinking for the next 24 hours–take it one day at a time.

Before I started to go to meetings, I couldn’t last more than three days without a drink. I discussed this during my first week of meetings and someone who had been in the program for awhile told me to focus on not drinking for the next 24 hours–take it one day at a time.

Having the mentality that the future comes one day at a time is very important for mental health and addiction recovery.This concept was foreign to me, but I tried it. I focused on my sobriety one day at a time. I was amazed by how I felt. Some of my anxiety and depression lifted and I became more hopeful for the future. I stopped thinking of my alcoholism as a lifelong death sentence and started think on how I could get through 24 hours without having a drink.

As the months went by, the cravings became somewhat lifted and living one day at a time was getting easier. I am becoming more hopeful for the future by living only for today.

You can find Samantha U’Ren on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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