A relapse can be slipping back into an old behavior or pattern such as the way we respond in conflict or what we are dwelling on or more. Maybe an old habit that tends to be a fall back coping mechanism during this time of year. The way we eat and what we eat, what we look at or _______?
1. Daily Review: "I have found journaling at the end of each day a key to my 'relapse prevention plan.' Thank God, I haven't had a drink in over 23 years, but I can't rest on past victories. That is just what the enemy wants me to do. After all these years, I still write down my daily inventory in my journal. I can see the areas where I have fallen short and missed the mark. I can see the daily victories God is giving me. When I sin (not if I sin), I write it down and do my best to make the necessary corrections. Over time I can see unhealthy patterns develop, and with the support of God and my accountability partners, I can put together an action plan to get me back on track." (Life's Healing Choices, Pg. 216) John Baker
2. Pick up the phone: Call your accountability partners and/or sponsor regularly.
3. Meditate and/or memorize Bibles verses. What scriptures speak to you in tough times? Maybe take some time to memorize those truths.
4. Stay in community. The opposite of relapse is connection. Attend your meetings and be with church family during the week. Don't listen to the voice that says, "You don't need to attend a meeting tonight." Remember, if we wait until we "feel" like going, it will never happen. We all need to be in community so we don't isolate ourselves.
5. Gratitude List: Write down at least one thing you are grateful for each day. "I am breathing." "I had food to eat today." "I have forever family to see at CR." "I am not alone ever."
Add to your plan as you see fit. The important thing is to have a proactive plan to help us through the Holidays.
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