Non-addicts change their behavior to meet their goals; addicts change their goals to meet their behavior.

If you pick up the first drink or if you give up on working a solid recovery program, you are going to lose your dreams again. Remember how you had to give up on some of your dreams because they just didn't seem to coincide with your drug, alcohol or other addictive use? Remember how you had to adjust your daily activities in order to use? Remember how you wasted money and time and missed, or wanted to leave, birthdays and other happy events? Remember how you chose restaurants based on whether or not they served alcohol? Remember the legal consequences? Recovery meetings and a daily program, which includes reading messages like this one are great REMINDERS and we need to keep remembering (without shame) where our disease took us. It is a good habit to go to meetings at least three times per week.


Accept your disease more deeply. Think about how good it is to have your dreams back.