If you were to die tomorrow, would you be satisfied with the life you had been living? Would you feel cheated out of the many things you had always dreamed of accomplishing, but never took the action to achieve? Read these 2 questions over again. Think about it for a minute. All of our dreams, all of our aspirations, all of the changes we want to make in our lives revolve around one simple thing; A Decision.
If you’re tired, fed up, and feel like you can’t take it anymore, stop fighting the battle in your head. Get out of your own way. Give up your will and surrender. Ask for help. And when you do, be proud, you have just taken the first step toward living a sober, healthy, happy life.
Here are 5 ways to get sober and change your life in 24 hours.
1) Make A Decision; Quit
This may seem much easier said than done, and I understand that the simplicity of this statement could easily be laughed off. However all actions, all changes, everything we do or say starts with a decision. It may be a sub-conscious decision, it may be a conscious one. Either way, our brain makes a decision before anything we do, and a decision is the first step in any little or major change in our lives. Once that decision has been made, it’s time to start building a foundation for a new way of thinking. This leads us into number two.
2) Accepting Humility
Learning how to accept humility is not easy. It goes against everything and anything we have ever known. Who wants to suck at something, then have to admit they suck at it, then be 100% OK with sucking at it? The answer is nobody. For me, there are quite a few things in life that I suck at. One of them is golf, and another one happens to be drinking or using drugs. I was hopeless until the day I was able to admit this out loud to another human being. I was unable to do it until I accepted humility, and then surrendered to it. Once I did this, the burden that laid so heavy on me was lifted.
3) Admit To Ourselves And To Someone Else That We Need Help
We all need a little help sometimes. There is no weakness in seeking it. There are only rewards in finding it. Find somebody you trust, love, and respect, and tell them exactly that you are going through. There are thousands of other people who share your same struggle. Know that you are not alone. There is also AA or NA. These are two groups with a massive number of people in recovery who will give the shirt off of their back to help another struggling addict or alcoholic. Check your local city for meeting places and times.
4) Find Your Faith
A prayer can mean the difference between life and death. When I say life or death, I don't just mean physically. What I really mean, is spiritually. When we numb our feelings for long periods of time with substances, we stunt our growth spiritually, and cannot cope with life's challenges in a normal manner. The only way we know how to cope is through mind altering chemicals. We also need to control everything around us, and when we cannot do this, we lose our cool. We need faith and a higher power to help us understand that some things are just out of our hands. We need to pray and accept them for what they are, and ask god to handle the rest.
5) The Serenity Prayer
"God, grant me the serenity, to accept to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
This can all be done within a 24 hour period. What happens after that is up to you. It is possible to change your life. It all depends on how bad you want it.