A close friend of mine recently celebrated 7 years of sobriety. A huge accomplishment that
I’ve had the pleasure of watching from the beginning. The growth and change he has
experienced in that time has been nothing short of amazing.
I was sitting in that meeting reflecting on what it takes to achieve 7 years of sobriety. Here’s
the answer: CONTINUOUS ACTION!
I’ve seen hundreds of people attend their first meeting. Unfortunately, only a small handful of
those will achieve multiple years of sobriety. The great fallacy is that after a period of time,
many think they have it beat. They start feeling good, life gets better and sobriety loses its
I have a perpetual calendar at home that I use to remember important dates year after year.
This month, 4 close friends of mine have sobriety dates that I’ve marked down. All of them
have had two years or more of sobriety at some point.
Of those four individuals, One is my friend with 7 years. Two of them are currently in heavy
relapse and one of them is dead from an overdose. That scenario is appalling to me!
These aren’t newcomers relapsing after 30 days. These are people with multiple years of
sobriety who have seen their lives improve dramatically only to lose the desperation that
brought them into recovery in the first place. They stopped doing the continuous work
needed to maintain their recovery.
Addiction is relentless. This doesn’t mean life in recovery is always going to be a struggle–
far from it! But it does require prioritization, desperation, vigilance, commitment and
continuous action to maintain.
The little things I do on a daily basis for my recovery are a small price to pay for the
freedoms my friend and I enjoy today.
If you’re feeling complacent, stagnant or uninspired in your recovery journey, let me help
ignite your fire again!
Call or Text: 778.932.1978
About the Author: Steve currently resides in the sunny Okanagan in British Columbia Canada where he spends his free time camping at remote lakes chasing monster rainbow trout with a flyrod.