Sometimes, recovery is about doing the next right thing. Other times, it is about avoiding the next wrong thing. Here are a few mistakes I see people make, which lead them down the road to relapse.
- Shame game
- Comparison trap
- Unrealistic expectations
- Fantasy island
- Premature disclosure
No one ever said recovery would be easy. Or if they did – well, they were wrong. But difficulties are okay. C.S. Lewis said, “Hardships often prepare ordinary people to do extraordinary things.” And Albert Einstein concluded, “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”
No one does recovery perfectly. Along the way, we encounter fresh challenges and may make a few bad decisions. That’s why we need the right Higher Power – the one who can step in and give us the direction we need to get back on the main road after we take a quick detour.
Tap into that power today. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5).
Recovery Step: You can expect to make a few dumb decisions along the way. But before those decisions take you into a slip or relapse, turn to the God who always stands ready to do for you what you cannot do for yourself.