Maintain Daily Sobriety With A Daily Tenth Step

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Tuesday, 22 January 2013. Posted in Ten Step

January 22, 2013

As alcoholics and addicts, sometimes we come across situations in life, that in retrospect we understand to be moments of character-building. These events shape us and prepare us for the road ahead……moments in which the lessons that if we are currently willing to learn can be put to good use later. It is a time of growth and expansion I suppose.

Meanwhile, when the alcoholic and addict is dealing with the situation in real-time, in the present, the thought of putting lessons learned to good use some time in the future is the last thing we wish to contemplate.

Instead, as alcoholics and addicts, our typical behavior is to act out, do something, or consume a drugs or alcohol, that is not good for us.

These moments of adversity are of particular significance as they are the proverbial "forks in the road", in which we can choose to walk through the storm, facing life on life's terms or we turn to, as mentioned above, drugs and alcohol.

In any hypothetical situation, our part is always our perception, how we choose to look any given situation that occurs in our life. Do we look at the situation as an opportunity for growth and character building, knowing the situation will eventually end, or do we succumb to the chaos, act out or consume drugs and alcohol?

If you are are currently faced with one of these seemingly stressful situations, stop and take a moment to consider your perception of the situation.

Pray for guidance as how to see the situation more accurately. Should you find that you are seeing the situation accurately, and that it is just crappy all around, ask God for strength to face it, to overcome it, all the while knowing that you are loved and amazing just as you are.


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About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and Recoverynowtv.com, 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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