Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.
We addicts need to be very careful when we feel worried because it can lead to relapse. So how can we stop worrying? We can take some clear steps.
First, we need to determine the root of our worry. If necessary, it may help to write down our problem. Second, we should answer these questions: How likely is it that this problem will actually happen? How serious is the problem? How much control do we have over it? Third, we need to make a plan. What could we do about the problem? What would this action solve? Sometimes the best thing we can do is let go. Fourth, we should talk it all over with our sponsor, someone who has faced worry and stays sober.
When we take these steps, we usually learn one of two things; there is a smarter way to handle the problem, or there is nothing we can do about it.
Prayer for the Day
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.
If I have a worry, I will follow the steps above. If I am not worried today, I will call my sponsor and talk about how the Serenity Prayer helps me avoid worry.
From the book:
God Grant Me. . . © 2005 by Hazelden Foundation