“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That’s why they call it the present.” Maybe you’ve seen this ubiquitous slogan on a bumper sticker, or perhaps, you’ve heard it spoken at a meeting. But, what does “one day at a time” really mean?
In the history of the universe, no one has ever been able to go back in time and change events from the past. Likewise to date, no one has been able to see into the future. Thus, it seems obvious that as human beings, we truly only have today. We need to live in the present.
The Challenge Of Living In The Present For Addicts
Although living for today is a challenge for nearly everyone, it is particularly difficult for addicts. When you are actively using, the overpowering desire to escape reality with drugs or alcohol tears you away from the present and puts you into a place of denial. As the denial builds up, life starts to spin out of control. This makes it impossible to engage in the here and now, and ultimately leads to living life in a crisis mode, again taking you away from reality. Prior to going into rehab, most addicts will hit bottom which can lead to regret, poor self-esteem, depression, and a host of other negative feelings and emotions.
Embracing Recovery And Refocusing On Today
Upon entering rehab, it’s time to reset and reassess your life. An important part of recovery is learning how to let go of the past and stop worrying about the future. It’s time to start living life on life’s terms – one day at a time. How can this be done? Here are a few tips to consider:
Tips For Staying Focused On The Present
The following are beneficial strategies to stay focused on the present and take every day one day at a time for those in recovery.
Accept That You Can’t Change Yourself Overnight – Addiction didn’t happen in a day. The journey of recovery is a marathon best taken one day at a time. Don’t be too hard on yourself, but do hold yourself accountable. Doing this will help you remain in control and work toward your goals more successfully.
Create a Priority List Each Day – By focusing on and properly organizing your business, personal and family priorities, you can minimize the temptation to get lost in thoughts about your past or future. Remember, an idle mind can serve as a breeding ground for troubles.
Attend Meetings – Listening to others and sharing your personal story in group meetings can help you achieve a level of serenity today. Once you’ve been in recovery for some time and have remained sober, you can help others by becoming a sponsor. Helping others on their road to recovery can further strengthen your sobriety and recovery, all while giving your self-confidence a boost!
Start Your Journey Of Recovery Today
Help is available for your addiction. With the single step of making a call, you can begin the journey of your recovery. Don’t put off your healing for tomorrow. Our addiction specialists are here in the present, to help you today. Call now.