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 direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

This week's scripture
Don't secretly hate your neighbor. If you have something against him, get it out into the open; otherwise you are an accomplice in his guilt. "Don't seek revenge or carry a grudge against any of your people.‚ÄĚLove your neighbor as yourself. I am GOD
Leviticus 19:17-18 The Message

This week's quote
"It is not possible to love others unless our hearts are growing in faith and hope. Faith and hope birth love as we live out our calling in anticipation of his coming."
Dr. Dan Allender