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 made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

This week's scripture
Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 NLT

This week's quote
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.
Serenity Prayer