Temptations in Sobriety

Life is a trip. Its full of wonderful times and difficult times. Everyday cannot be a perfect day. No matter how you live your life there will be trials and tribulations. Some days are more difficult than others. Sometimes early sobriety especially can feel like an all out battle. In reality it really is. Learning to cope is something new to most of us in recovery. Here are a few of my favorite bible verses about overcoming lifes challenges.

1 Peter 5:10

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

Matthew 19:26

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Romans 5:2-5

Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

I’ve seen it so many times, people come into the rooms and get sober, they get that early feeling of peace, what they call the “Pink Cloud”, and when something bad happens they give up and go back to their addiction. I have done this more than once and its heartbreaking to everyone involved.

I started off my New Year yesterday with a gratitude list, some of which I shared in my blog. Remaining grateful is something that I learned through coming to Christ. It is one my best defenses against picking up.

Another wonderful tool is something else that comes from Christianity, helping others. Step 12 of A.A. is-Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. Helping others is one of the best defenses against temptation. In my experience it keeps me in touch with where I was and also takes me out of myself. My brain can sometimes be an enemy.

We must keep in mind that even though we are sober, things do not suddenly get perfect. Some of the people we hurt are going to need a lot of time to heal. We can’t be discouraged and think that things will never get better, because every day sober gets us closer to, well, ourselves. Be mindful that the mood swings will pass. Prayer is extremely vital at this point in sobriety. Beginning to develop a prayer life early on creates a new habit of humility and admitting that we do not have all the answers.

I thought I would write about this subject because I struggle from day to day with temptation. The trick, even though its not really a trick, is to use the tools I have acquired. I go to Christ and I get some peace. It’s that easy. Faith, the most wonderful gift of all!

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5 responses to “Temptations in Sobriety

  1. Great post! You are so right that things don’t get suddenly perfect just because we are sober. In fact, some of us will have to deal even greater hardships in our sober life. But we don’t have to be afraid of this. We CAN stay sober during trials. I once met a lady who stayed sober even when her son suddently died in a car accident. We have to just keep trying no matter how many times we may fall. I really like the verses you quoted in your post. And remember, when Jesus was tempted He quoted Scripture to ward off the devil. It works! Many blessings to you!

  2. Joanna Lea

    I enjoyed your post as well! The scripture about how God restores us and strengthens us reminds me of an analogy of a diamond to a lump of coal…the sun shines equally on the two but the diamond reflects the light. I want to be a diamond … Shine on! I am proud of you!

    Joanna
    Khamillion.com

  3. great post, as usual. Just letting you know. I nominated you for this award here:

    http://lifeofafemalebiblewarrior.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/candle-lighter-award/

  4. Wanted to drop a comment and let you know your Rss feed is not working today. I tried including it to my Google reader account but got nothing.

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