Reference Brian’s book: Roads to Addiction – Highways to Recovery The Brian Master’s Story
Taking control of your life is the goal. Without question, seek multiple resources to guide you to a better place. Addiction to drugs and alcohol are just part of the picture; additionally trauma, bipolar disorder and anger management will benefit from the 11 point action plan. Therapy, recovery systems and financial assistance (gov., job, other) are available if we look for it.
You will find what you need through multiple paths.
Reach out to professionals, knowledgeable peers and internet resources. Such as Smart, Hope, Inc. state backed recovery centers and religious organizations. I will be writing additional blogs which complement the multiple path to recovery life line.
“Realize you cannot go back and make a new start but, from this point forward, make a new end.”
Yale University studies have proven that the brain needs 90 days to reset; AA attempts to suggest and enforce 90 days of meetings. Let the first action plan be a 90 day goal.
Highway to Recovery 11 Point Action Plan:
- 90 days of mandatory or self-committed institutionalization. Attend ongoing classes, meetings, and online recovery websites without any substance use other than doctor prescribed medication. The brain needs to reset itself.
- Reliable and consistent transportation. (Car, friends, metro, walking)
- Look for and utilize every resource offered by the federal and state government, while using community housing and food options.
- Engage close friends and family for support who are not enablers or socially connected with substance users. This is over and above a sponsor.
- Remove yourself from the town, city, state, friends, and family that trigger substance use.
- Separate yourself from all those who use inconsistent and/or unsupported paths until you are self-assured that sobriety has returned. Attend scheduled onsite and virtual recovery meetings.
- With the support of a physician, experiment with medicine which may assist in cognitive realization.
- Find housing with substance free family, friends, or housing organizations.
- Work and/or volunteer in substance free organizations, religious establishments, and/or turn to a Higher Power for understanding(s). KEEP BUSY
- Understand life’s “triggers” and seek therapy to neutralize the pain and memories that might keep you trapped in the past.
- With the use of transportation mentioned in number 2, acquire stable work. For example: $16/hour for a 40 hour week will net $2,560 per month.
Note: Give yourself a minimum of one (1) year of self control before considering a partner.
Even better, send in your comments about modifications and additions to these 11 Action Plans which will create thought and discussion.
Smile Every Day,