A Look At Relapse
10. EXPECTING TOO MUCH
FROM OTHERS -
"I've changed; why hasn't everyone else?" It's a plus if they do, but it is still your problem if they do not. They may not trust you yet, may still be looking for further proof. You cannot expect others to change their style of life just because you have.
11. LETTING UP ON DISCIPLINES -
Prayer, meditation, daily inventory, AA attendance. This can stem either from complacency or boredom. You cannot afford to be bored with your program. The cost of relapse is always too great.
12. USE OF MOOD-ALTERING CHEMICALS -
You may feel the need to ease things with a pill, and your doctor may go along with you. You may never have had a problem with chemicals other than alcohol, but you can easily lose sobriety starting this way - about the most subtle way of having a relapse. Remember you will be cheating! The reverse of this is true for drug-dependent persons who start to drink.
13. WANTING TOO MUCH -
Do not set goals you cannot reach with normal effort. Do not expect too much. It's always great when good things you were not expecting
happen. You will get what you are entitled to as long as you do your best, but maybe not as soon as you think you should. "Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you
14. FORGETTING GRATITUDE -
You may be looking negatively on your life, concentrating on problems that still are not totally corrected. Nobody wants to be a Pollyanna - but it is good to remember where
you started from, and how much better life is now.
15. "IT CAN'T HAPPEN TO ME" -
This is dangerous thinking. Almost anything can happen to you if you get careless. Remember you have a progressive disease, and you will be in worse shape if you relapse.
16. OMNIPOTENCE -
This is a feeling that results from a combination of many of the above. You now have all the answers for yourself and others. No one can tell you anything. You ignore suggestions or advice
from others. Relapse is probably imminent unless drastic change takes place.