There’s an old adage that applies to practically every situation in life: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This can be especially true of our ongoing recovery routines. Over time, each and every one of us find a way of keeping our recovery front and center, whether it’s getting more involved in our local recovery community, getting better acquainted with our spiritual side or simply reading more recovery-focused literature. Part of our journey is to continue to work our program (meetings, therapy, etc.) while figuring out what extra things we can do to maintain confidence and further insulate ourselves relapse, as well as helping others who are going through what we went through.
Every so often, usually after a few years into recovery, we are naturally tempted to take a fresh look at our regular recovery routines and ask ourselves: “What, if anything, can I and should I do differently?” There are two schools of thought when it comes to this question. Many in recovery have had a hard time getting to their current point of sobriety and may be scared of rocking the boat. These people have established a successful routine that works for them and may be reluctant to change anything after working so hard to get where they are. Others may feel they’re ready to push themselves an extra mile or two and doing things like helping others, volunteering at events or even speaking out in public.
Whenever we feel our recovery routines could use a little tune-up, we can talk to our loved ones and our therapists to assess our level of readiness to go further. When we feel we’re ready, we can start to branch out on our terms in ways with which we’re comfortable. The most important thing is to keep our recovery intact; if going further and doing more gives us the confidence to do that, why shouldn’t we?