How to Keep an Addiction Recovery Journal

 


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During any addiction recovery process and even afterward, support is essential. A simple, easy and proven effective way, that anyone can use to support themselves, is keeping an addiction recovery journal or diary. An excellent tool for recovery, as well as a great way of doing our, Daily 10th Step Inventory, journaling provides a record of gratitudes, goals, intentions, and the ups and the downs of life. Journaling is a record of our actions and growth, our dreams and desires.

Journaling is all about expression. Writing down, recording our feelings, recognizing them, and leaving them on the page, is an excellent way to understand and figure out what is really important to us and for us. We can realize what we are really experiencing. We see what we are really thinking. It is right there on the page in black and white. Where is the fear? Where is the joy? Within the journaling pages and with time, clarity is easier to obtain and focus upon. Then, after this processing, we can make clear, focused choices of what works and serves us. And what does not.

An excellent, supportive tool to use to start an addiction recovery journal is The 5 Year Journal. The 5 Year Journal can be started on any day, in any year. Already formatted into three lines a day, the day and date are at the top of the page, but you write in the year. This format is especially conducive for journaling daily the 12 Step Recovery Program. Use 5YJ to record a relative reflection of the daily steps taken. After the each year journaled, we can look back at the previous years to see where we were last year, then two years ago, three years, and so on.

Order your copy of The 5 Year Journal and NICD, The National Institute on Chemical Dependency, will receive 25 percent of each sale http://www.nicd. us/10thstepjournal.htm

5 Journaling Tips

1. Start journaling on any day of the year.

2. Set your journal where you see it every day: On the kitchen table, your desk or in your briefcase. This will help remind you to journal daily.

3. Keep a pen or pencil with your journal.

4. Skipping days is a part of journaling.

5. You can use the same color of pen or use different colors. You can also designate colors of pens for certain feelings, i. e. , green for growth, blue for sadness, orange for joy, red for anger, you get the idea. If you are using the different colored pens, write in the front of your journal what you decided each color signifies.

By journaling every day, we make time for ourselves, and in so many ways our journal becomes a treasured keepsake. Keeping an addiction recovery journal can reduce stress, help focus and organize us, and becomes a good reminder, helping us to set and track goals. Comparing and exploring the different times of our lives is easy with a journal.

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Doreene Clement, a cancer victor, author of The 5 Year Journal, and a journlaing expert, is currently writing a new book, Blessed, about her life and her cancer experience. For more information http://www.the5yearjournal.com 480.423.8095 If you want to see her column, About Journaling, subscribe at, http://www.the5yearjournal.com

Rev. Stephen J. Murray, MCRC, the current Director of NICD, National Institute on Chemical Dependency, is an ordained minister and counselor. Since 1998 he has been actively involved in the chemical dependency field, and is currently writing a recovery book based upon the actions taken by alcoholics in the 1930's, when A. A. had success rates as high as 93%. http://www.nicd.us

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