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Be Consistent!

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Friday, 04 January 2013. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

Consistency In Sobriety

Yes, those two words indicate the very best route to success in sobriety, not to mention the very best route to attaining success at whatever else you decide to pursue.

Some people have described this type of approach to sobriety as “slow-briety”.

However, it does not mean that the rate of your recovery has to be slow. It simply means that in the least, similar to the turtle, who seems like she will never get “there”, yet paces herself and remains consistent always finishes the race, sometimes even first.

In sobriety, similar to most other things in life, you need not compare yourself to others as much as you need to remain determined to follow through to hit “your” mark.

For instance, if one fellow attends two meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous (“AA”) a day, good for him! It does not mean that you have to do the same to remain sober.

So, don’t let someone else’s approach intimidate you or pressure you into following where you otherwise would not.

Instead do what works for you. Perhaps attending two AA meetings per week is enough for you to remain sober and maintain a good quality of life.

Similarly, if you are sponsoring just one alcoholic while another fellow is sponsoring 15 alcoholics……first of all consider the source and second, consider the quality of the sponsorship there!

Meanwhile, if looking at the totality of the circumstances and one sponsee is all you really have time to work with and take through The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous that is more than enough.

The most important thing is that you are of service to another person! Consequently, beyond helping another person you get out of your head and get someone relief.

To be honest, it does not necessarily have to be to another alcoholic or addict as much as it has to be an individual who is in need of what you have to offer.

The bottom line is to set small goals and remain consistent. Be willing and hold an intention to accomplish what you set out to achieve.

It may require hard work, but it does not have to be overwhelming. If it does require hard work, at least it will feel that much more worthwhile when all is said and done.

Also, when it comes to the drink or the drug, or any other addiction or vice for that matter, consider the notion that “short-term pleasure creates long-term pain, not to mention regret.”

Likewise, “short-term pain creates long-term pleasure.” In other words, refusing alcohol and drugs now will provide you with a life of your dreams as long as you live.

If you or someone that you love is struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, please call or text. We can help you.

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About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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