When you’re recovering from an addiction, there are many great sayings, “truisms,” and pieces of advice that are helpful to keep repeating to yourself. One can’t recover in a vacuum, and it’s important to hear from other people in recovery and be inspired by their stories, whether it’s in a meeting, through a book, or off the net.
BuzzFeed has just published an article where they got feedback from their readers who are recovering from addiction, asking them what would be the best advice they could give for people who want to get sober. The first piece of advice is: “Do everything you can to the best of your abilities.” One reader confessed they’ve been off meth for two and a half years and “what’s kept me sober is knowing that if I do everything I can to the best of my abilities, I will end up where I need to be.”
Another reader recommends, “I finally realized that I had to get sober for myself. Not for my boyfriend. Not for my parents. Not for my job. Not for anyone else. But for me. I had to love myself just enough to believe that I was worth getting clean, and that life was worth living.”
Another big key is “find a support system within the recovery community…I knew that if I kept going the way I was going, I’d die. Instead, I walked into a 12-step meeting. I jumped into recovery with both feet and did everything people told me: I got a sponsor, completed my steps, and found ways to serve in the recovery community. I had honestly never felt so at home as I did when I was around other people in recovery.”
And here’s how one reader looks at one of the most important things to keep in mind in recovery: One day at a time. As this reader relates, “In my recovery process, I’ve been able to truly rediscover myself, how to love myself, and that life is amazing once you live it right. As cliché as it sounds, one day at a time really is the best motto for any addict.”