Sometimes in life we get so overwhelmed with so much coming at us all at once we lose our focus. You know what I mean—bills, work, kids, school, family, car repairs, yard work, unexpected expenses, problems, problems, and more problems. All of life can lead us down the path of everyday seeming like one emergency after another. When our lives feel chaotic like this it is easy to be distracted by everyone and everything demanding some of our time.
This is dangerous for someone in recovery. The more distracted we are in life the easier it is for us to make poor choices. Poor choices can lead to relapse very quickly.
When you feel this happening I want to encourage you to take a few moments and refocus your life toward your goal of recovery. It might only take a moment or two too calm yourself and get things back on track. This doesn't mean all the problems disappear but a life with focus (purpose) will help you make better choices and increase your ability to deal with difficult situations.
Staying focused is challenging but it is worth it in the long run.
Some ways to refocus include:
- Remembering the bad things in your addiction and the good things in recovery.
- Meditating on encouraging slogans or sayings or Bible verses to help you through the hard times.
- Talking with someone you trust about your experiences (maybe your sponsor).
- Writing in a journal (this is one that helped me a lot).
- Getting away for a while (a shower, a walk, a drive, etc.)
- Go to a meeting (AA, NA, etc.)
These are just a few ideas. You probably have some things in mind to help you refocus your life.
In order to achieve a goal you have to give it a lot of attention—that is focus.