– Booker T. Washington
We spend a lot of time throughout the course of our addiction believing that we are “can’t do people”, while we are in fact “can do people.” The amount of energy we put into the lifestyle of use was remarkable. We overcame obstacles to maintain the lifestyle of use. Nothing stood in our way. You recognized that if you were going to use your substance of choice, that you took responsibility and found a way. When it came to sobriety, we didn’t think we had what it takes to get sober. But this is worth challenging. You’ve always had the ability to get sober. When you choose your drug of choice over everything else, of course sobriety seemed impossible. But what you can learn is that the tenacity you used to maintain a pattern of use can be the same tenacity to go after sobriety. Today, I will take responsibility for my wants and needs. I will put faith in others to help me, and faith in myself to trust that I am putting my time, effort and energy to good use. I will reap the rewards when I take responsibility and put my effort into recovery.