Taking Action – Recovered 449

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Taking positive steps in the recovery process.  Since alcoholism affects body, mind, and spirit, action in all these areas are probably necessary to restore the mind, body, and spirit.

Some examples are:

  • Meditation or other relaxation techniques

  • Fitness activities

  • Devoting time to other people

  • Reading inspirational material

  • Helping other people

  • Learning new things

  • Attending fellowship meetings

  • Spending time in nature

  • Journaling

  • Eating healthy food

  • Devoting time to listening to family

What has been your experience?

What activities did you do most before the program?

What actions did you do most often in early recovery?

How about now?

Is there a difference between now and early in recovery?  Why?

How do you stay committed to positive actions such as exercise?  Examples may include setting goals, schedule activity on calendar, charting progress/taking notes.

  • It is a good idea if people tie their daily positive action to an overall goal. So for example they might decide that their aim is to become a less selfish person, and so they can do things each day to bring them nearer to this goal.

  • Create a schedule where they write down the positive actions they plan to take and when they are going to take them. It may sometimes be necessary to adjust these schedules so it is best to view them as a tool and not become a slave to them.

  • Journaling at the end of the day is important because it gives the individual the chance to reflect on the positive action they have taken that day. This way the person can track their progress and ensure that their actions are taking them in a direction they want to go.

  • Another important reason for why journaling is important is that it keeps people motivated. Progress tends to occur slowly that it is easy for people to miss it – by looking back on a journal the individual will be able to see how much of a difference their daily positive actions have made to their life.

  • If people have some type of routine it usually makes it easier to commit to daily positive action.




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