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Spirituality is part of the human experience in which we explore who we are and what our life is about. Finding ways to live more truthfully, learning what my moral compass is, respecting myself and others, gaining a new perspective on my life. All are in the spirit of recovery and awareness of whom we are becoming. Spirituality can be achieved with or without a higher power.

Self-discipline is the willingness to put some limitations on behavior in order to gain something or make life better. Giving up the need for instant gratification is likely the most difficult ideal in recovery. “I want it and I want it now” our mantra. Through routine, removing temptation, and daily reflection it can be overcome and self-discipline prevails!

Embracing positive change and doing something by choice. Willingness is an attitude and is the key to success in recovery. I have become willing to do whatever it takes to stay clean.

Things are going to be ok. Faith in the process of recovery, that something larger than ourselves is at work. This has worked for hundreds of thousands of people, it can work for me.

Long term recovery requires remaining committed to a clean way of life every day. It is a lifelong process not a short stay in a treatment center. Treatment is discovery the daily program is recovery.

Honesty is the key to rebuilding relationships with our families, our bosses, kids, new friends, and ourselves. Acceptance is being honest about “this is where I am”, that in turn opens the door to new possibilities and recovery.

Love is a healthy emotional attachment and relationship between friends, family, and members of the recovery community. Loving others shows a deep connection to the people around us. With love for others, we find ways to bond with them. When we love others, we can encourage them to heal their pain, develop support, and discover empathy. One addict helping another is without parallel.

Service work and giving back to our new community of recovering people and the physical community in which we live is vital in the long term. This is where the true freedom from active addiction happens. Where our spirits become free. Where we find fleeting moments of real serenity.

Pushing through adversity. Courage instills having no limits as to what I can do, who I can become, and learning to love myself. Courage to do this thing no matter what I have to do or feel.

Integrity doesn’t equate with moral perfection. We all make mistakes and sometimes fall short of our own standards. Integrity means we own our mistakes, we fess up so we can move forward.

Means shedding the old putting on the new. Once I got sober my true, authentic self emerged…and she’s a pretty awesome person.

Hope is both the belief in a better future and the action to make it happen. When there is a glimmer of hope then hopelessness fades.

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