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 became entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

This week's scripture
You're blessed when you get your inside world--your mind and heart--put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
Matthew 5:8 The Message

This week's quote
"Since most of us are born with an abundance of natural desires, it isn’t strange that we often let these far exceed their intended purpose. When they drive us blindly, or we willfully demand that they supply us with more satisfactions or pleasures that are possible or due us, that is the point at which we depart from the degree of perfection that God wishes for us here on earth. That is the measure of our character defects or if you wish, of our sins."
Alcoholics Anonymous