Getting authentic in recovery is how real healing and growth occurs. This means you must be completely open, honest, and conscious about your thoughts, emotions, body and spirit to determine your level of wellness in each moment. Being in tune with every level of yourself will boost your recovery mindset, enhance your daily experiences, and greatly increase your chances for long-term success.

Recovery does not mean just staying sober. 12-step programs refer to someone as a “dry drunk” when they stop using substances but maintain their old, destructive thoughts and behaviors. Real success in recovery occurs when both your inner and outer game are being nurtured and cultivated. It is important to continuously revisit all areas of recovery and wellness no matter where you are in your journey.

Consider authentically the following questions to boost your recovery awareness:

  • Have you accepted that addiction happened to you?
  • Have you acknowledged the totality of what addiction has brought?
  • Have you taken responsibility for your recovery?
  • Are you passed the excuses, blaming, and complaining stage yet?
  • Do you have a recovery plan and clear goals and action steps?
  • Are you aware of your fears, hesitations, and sabotaging tendencies?
  • What are you doing to set yourself up for long-term recovery?
  • How honest are you with yourself and others?
  • What do you do when you’re struggling, ask for help or isolate?
  • Are you open to feedback, suggestions, and help from others?
  • How open are you to learn and grow, and step out of your comfort zone?
  • Are you being true to yourself and maintaining some kind of forward momentum?

Recovery looks different for everyone, so you must be authentic in determining what will inspire and motivate you to stay sober for the long haul. Know what is or is not working for you, adjust your needs as you go, and never give up. This is what will make or break your long-term success. Do not sell yourself short by remaining in an addiction routine or mindset. Get authentic and stay focused on the life you were meant to live.