Relapse begins long before the addict acts out by drinking, taking drugs acting out sexually or any other form of addictive behavior. Relapse starts in the mind and will ultimately play itself out in behavior if it is not identified and changed.

  1. Be aware of your thoughts. Mentally romancing addictive behavior sets us up  and weakens our resolve. Remember the pain and suffering that your addictions  have brought to you and to the ones you love the most.
  2. Stay in safe places mentally and physically. Old ways of thinking, and socializing  can be very dangerous.
  3. Go to your recovery meetings and speak with your sponsor/mentor everyday at  for a year at least if possible.
  4. Be honest with yourself and others about what you are thinking and feeling.
  5. Seek effective deterrents. Utilizing medical support, filters or blocks on our  computers, and support networks can save us when we need it the most. These  things can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.

This month's step
We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.

This week's scripture
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
Psalm 139:23-24 NLT

This week's quote
"If the Spirit of God detects anything in you that is wrong, He does not ask you to put it right; He asks you to accept the light, and He will put it right. A child of the light confesses instantly and stands bared before God; a child of the darkness says – “Oh, I can explain that away.” When once the light breaks and the conviction of wrong comes, be a child of the light, and confess, and God will deal with what is wrong; if you vindicate yourself, you prove yourself to be a child of the darkness."
Oswald Chambers