A lot of people in recovery have specific signs that totally give it away (to us in recovery, at least). This blog is just meant to poke a little fun at the different variety of recovery stereotypes. As addicts and alcoholics, we all have some unusual senses of humor and making fun of things just happens to be a part of it. Nothing below is factual, all based on opinion. With all that being said, here are 12 signs you’re in Recovery.
12 Signs you’re in Recovery…
1. You think you know everything about recovery (and make sure everyone knows what you know)- but who can blame you? Sobriety is great!
2. You start sentences with “well, my sponsor says…” (you have a hard time making decisions without talking to your sponsor-though this gets better with time!)
3. You think spirituality is hot (he may not be much to look at, but did you hear how great he was when he was speaking?!)
4. Your response to most questions that are recovery related is “have you prayed about it?” (Doesn’t matter the question, this is always a good go-to response)
5. You have 6 sponsees (and you make sure to tell EVERYONE, but still are so modest and humble). Helping people keeps us sober, people!
6. You look down on other fellowships (because being a drunk is way better than doing drugs, right?)
7. If you’re a girl, you have honestly contemplated giving up guys to focus on your recovery (that didn’t last)
8. If you’re a guy, you decided to just have sex and not get into a relationship with anyone (that didn’t last, either)
9. You finished your steps within 3 months of being sober (and were chairing meetings and speaking everywhere)
10. You will complain about your life but then finish with how grateful you are (my roommates are horrible and my halfway house sucks, but I’m so grateful!) A grateful addict and alcoholic won’t relapse!
11. The Big Book/Basic Text is basically your bible and the 12 steps are your guideline to life (so much that when you saw the name of this blog the first thing you thought of was 12 signs like 12 steps!)
12. You hate when people tell their war stories and don’t stay in the solution (okay, we’ve heard enough, now let’s talk about recovery)
These are just a few common things that have been noticed about people in recovery Now all joking aside, I’m not trying to knock recovery in any way. After all, I am in recovery, too. As long as you want to stay sober, at the end of the day none of the stereotypes matter. If you are done, then you are done! If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.