New Year, New You: Taking A Plan Of Action

A plan of action when recovering from an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol can be helpful because the individual may experience setbacks along the way as they trudge forward.  The process of getting and maintaining sobriety can be uncomfortable in the beginning, which is why figuring out a plan that works for the individual is a great suggestion.  A newly recovering alcoholic and/or addict may still be dealing with areas of unmanageability in their life, which can emphasize how they might benefit from having more structure added to their routine.  In addition to this, it can also bring to attention what may be preventing them from progressing further along in their recovery process.

Plan of Action


Structure is an important and necessary component to the recovering individual’s life.  Without it, they wouldn’t be functional.  Setting up a plan of action and adhering to configuring how to become accustomed to it can provide them comfort because it can bring them consistency.  A recovering individual may need this, especially in the beginning of their recovery when they don’t have the familiarity of substances to resort to as a method of solving their problems.  While they are building healthy coping skills, structure provides a schedule that can help the individual keep themselves accountable for being at locations like work, appointments, and other engagements on time.  When the individual was abusing substances, it’s likely they weren’t as punctual because they were too focused on getting their next fix of the substance.  Now they can be more functional and work toward better time management and more character building exercises.

What’s preventing progress in recovery?

Taking a look at this question can push an individual even further along in their program of recovery, which may be exactly what they need.  When they are able to truly look at this type of question and see what’s holding them back, they can begin to focus on making changes.  If they notice they aren’t attending enough meetings, then the individual can amp their 12-step attendance up a bit, or maybe it is time to start adding different meetings into the mix and mingling with some new recovering individuals in the program.  Trust is built when a recovering individual can be authentic with others in their program of recovery.  Growth cannot be brought when the individual remains stagnant and stays doing the same thing continually.  The individual might like trying out new meetings from time to time to meet new recovering individuals nearby.  Another suggestion may be that the individual has stopped listening, so maybe it’s time to reach out to others in their program of recovery and start taking suggestions.  If the individual in recovery isn’t listening to others, they may be at risk of being on a scary self-will run riot [link to blog], which never turns out well for the individual or anyone in their way.  Not only does this prevent their own progress, but the recovering individual will take out others in their program of recovery too.  The individual’s actions impact the lives of others around them.

Unmanageability can be noticed particularly in the early stages of recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction, which has potential to stunt their growth.  With a plan of action set in place that involves managing structure and taking a look at what may be preventing progress during recovery, addicted individuals can best tap into their program and focus on living a sober lifestyle.

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