The Dangers of Complacency In Addiction | 4 Ways To Recognize Complacency in Sobriety and Recovery

The Dangers of Complacency In Addiction | 4 Ways To Recognize Complacency in Sobriety and Recovery

Sometimes quitting drugs and alcohol isn’t
the hard part. The hard part is staying clean and sober. In this video, let’s go over the dangers
of complacency, 4 Ways you can recognize it, and how you can get back on track. So what is complacency in addiction? It’s feeling a sense of contentment and
self-satisfaction about where you are at in recovery or life in general. Everyone experiences complacency — in some
form. And there is a very fine line between being
confident and being complacent. People that are confident in recovery understand
their weaknesses and their strengths. They work to improve themselves every day,
honestly address their shortcomings, and look at life realistically. People that are complacent — act confidently
and often only see their strengths. This false sense of confidence tells them
they don’t have to work for success and it’s guaranteed. That they don’t need to constantly move
past addiction. Then relapse hits and complacent people are
often dumbstruck about what happened. How did everything go so wrong when everything
was going so well? One of the reasons could be they were Riding
the Pink Cloud. Which sounds like a euphemism for some psychedelic drug. But it’s when someone feels high on life
and completely in control of their destiny. This leads to feeling over-confident in recovery. So here are 4 ways to you can recognize that you may
be complacent in sobriety. There’s never enough time. You always seem busy, but nothing actually
gets done. You stop going to group meetings, or seeing a
therapist — you stop doing the things that were working for you. You say I just don’t have time for recovery, or for
meetings, because you to have work. You have family, you have school, friends, etc., etc, excuses, excuses. And sometimes those excuses are valid. But the person often doesn’t realize that the only
reason that they have time for all those other things is because they were doing all the recovery activities in the first place. You stop serving others. Life becomes about you and how to get the
things you want and need. There’s a shift that happens where you have
to catch up when it comes to your work, or your career, or your love life. Or you got to get back to school to get that
degree, or qualification, or more money. The sole focus becomes how to address your own
needs often before even considering others. You stop taking advice. You’ll be very quick to make excuses. You might get some good advice but there’s
always a reason why you just can’t do it. Someone might suggest that you should “go to more meetings”. But “oh no, I don’t have a driver’s license,”
or “I’m working too much”. Someone might suggest to get a sponsor. But “I just haven’t found the right person,” or just giving a bunch of ‘yeah-yeahs’ but knowing you won’t actually follow through. At this point, you’re no longer teachable. No new knowledge can enter. No more further progress. You become content with early success. You get a job or the partner or parents welcome you back. Maybe you get a little money and, hey, smooth
sailing from here, right? Or maybe you’re too easily satisfied. So getting a month or two of sober
time is enough for you. Or maybe you can try some social drinking — Like I thought I could and that was a disaster. So here are 4 Things you can do to get out
of complacency. Start setting some realistic goals. Maybe don’t plan to go back to school but
maybe research some areas of study that you find interesting. Maybe don’t plan on having a million dollars
for retirement but instead focus on one habit you can have that a lot of millionaires do have. Set realistic goals because it’s all about building momentum. Pick up the phone. Addiction thrives in the dark. Open them barn doors up and tell people that you
don’t want to get stuck in complacency in recovery. And let them know of your goals. People that have some longer-term sobriety under their belt are usually pretty good at giving advice to other people in recovery. Or at least provide some feedback on if goals are either unrealistic or too selfish. Get accountable. So not only tell people what
goals you have but being like, “hey, boo, call me up next week and see if I followed through with that thing I said I was going to do.” If you have a social pressure to do something,
you’ll be more likely to follow through with it. Or you can use an app to help track your progress or to help keep you accountable. Plug back in. So you got your goals and you got your support — and now
you can put it into practice. Gratitude is always great to ground
you in recovery. Helping others in sobriety will always connect you to the community and remind you why you want to keep progressing forward. And staying connected to your support network
will prevent you from falling back into complacency. Thanks for watching today’s video on the
dangers of complacency, 4 warning signs that you might be in it, and 4 ways to get out of it. Have you dealt with complacency before? If you have, please let me know about it in the comments below. Please subscribe for your daily dose of soberness. And I will see all of you tomorrow in the
next video!


  1. I feel like I'm in the middle. I'm guilty of 1 and 4 but not of 2 and 3. If anything I give more attention to others needs than myself and I am always open to others advice. 🤔

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