The disease of addiction comes with a host of bad behaviors that if left unchecked, could burn your sobriety to the ground. It’s no surprise that we have these behaviors; our drinking and using threw us into survival mode, and we did whatever we needed to do to keep going. In recovery, we have to change our old ways and adopt new behaviors that support a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle. If you notice that you are slipping back into old behaviors, you need to spring into action. Talk to your sponsor, therapist, or someone else in recovery, and get yourself back on track. Below are 8 behaviors that will get you nowhere fast:
- Lying – Honesty is the foundation of recovery. To get sober, you have to get honest with yourself. To stay sober, tell the truth to others and never lie to yourself.
- Stealing – Get a job. If it’s not yours, don’t touch it. You are responsible for your actions in recovery, and if you are being a thief, you have missed the purpose of recovery. Some people start stealing when they get sober; this is a type of cross-addiction and it needs to be addressed. Something is missing in your soul, and if you are using the wrong things to fill it up, you could be headed for a relapse.
- Cheating – Whether it’s on a partner or a test, don’t do it. It will eat you up inside, and nothing is worth that.
- Not Showing Up – If you say you’re going to do something, do it. You don’t have an excuse to flake anymore. Your actions speak volumes of your character, and people who follow through on their word are the ones you want in your life.
- Judging Others – No one is above anyone else. It doesn’t matter what you have or haven’t done, or what you have or don’t have. Don’t be the person who looks down your nose at other people.
- Gossiping – Just don’t do it. It hurts, and it can hurt more than you know. People have killed themselves over rumors, and aside from being a dirty habit, you don’t want the repercussions of gossiping to come back and haunt you.
If you can’t stop drinking or using, call The Lakehouse Recovery Center. There is a completely new life waiting for you, and it looks nothing like the prison of addiction. You are not alone. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (877) 762-3707. Recovery is possible for you. Call now.