Most of us love to beat on ourselves when something goes wrong. That’s certainly true when a recovering addict relapses. I’m fine now, but I’ve crashed and burned this way many times before.
I’ve learned that the only thing I can do is get back on the horse and ride on, even if I end up falling off a few more times. I either get back up or die. And unless God has other plans, I don’t plan to do that yet.
There’s a lot of music out there that’ll inspire people in relapse to carry on. One of my favorites is this Sixx A.M. song:
This classic GnR song helps, too:
Sure, you can beat the shit out of yourself when the going gets tough. But take it from a guy who’s done that: There’s no fulfillment to be had in beating yourself.
Be good to yourself.
Don’t just do it for yourself.
Do it for the people you care about, because when you’re miserable, they’re miserable.
If making others miserable is OK with you, then you’re just being an idiot.
But your better than that, aren’t you?