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Strategy Five: Keep Your Own Integrity

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  • Dishonesty make us feel smaller


People visibly shrink when they tell lies. Eyes that will not meet yours are eyes which are hiding something. They don’t want you to see inside. The drug dealer spends his time in the back alleys and hiding from the rest of the human race because he knows he isn’t wanted.


To stay off drugs you must keep yourself clean and strong. The fastest way to lose your own personal power and strength is to be hiding from everyone. The drug pusher is an extreme example, but you know how it feels when you are hoping that the truth isn’t known about you. 



  • You need your friends more now than ever before


Pulling for you and hoping for your success are many people, and even more are waiting and watching and will join the group the longer you are off drugs. These friends are your lifelines and you need them.


Wasting a friendship is an incredibly costly thing to do. And it’s something you can’t really afford at this point of your recovery. Drug-free friends and partners are worth their weight in gold when addiction and urges comes knocking again.



  • You have probably destroyed others’ trust in you and you need to regain it


Simply put, I don’t know a single drug addict who hasn’t lost the trust of the majority of their family and friends. This will take time to repair because it was a betrayal of their trust, not something that rebounds quickly.


The good news is that every time you do what you promise, each day that passes and you have kept yourself clean and fulfilling your obligations, their willingness to place their trust in you will grow. Don’t screw it up!



  • You will gain in strength as your respect for yourself grows


This is obvious. You’re feeling it right now, probably. Staying drug free for an addict can be very difficult and is something to truly be proud of with each passing day. Well, tomorrow it will be stronger and the day after that even more so. When your respect for yourself is high, you won’t even think about relapsing to drugs. Using drugs will not feel like fun anymore, it will just seem stupid.



  • When you break vows and trusts, the dark walls of your addiction begin to close down around you


Your word is your bond. It’s your seal and a connection with others. You might have broken it in the past, but now you must keep it whole and not for their sake, but for you own. 


Breaking your word becomes easy only after you have given up hope. It’s like admitting to the world in a mass email:  “Here is someone who cannot keep up. I’m incapable; I’m less than what I seem.” 



Keep these in mind and continue to push through into the light of freedom, freedom from your addiction and freedom to live life on your own two feet! 

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