Understanding Your Recovery Zone.
Recovery is more than just quitting. You have three friends, all in different stages of recovery, and they all want your advice. “What do we need to grow? What kinds of questions should we be asking ourselves?”
Apart from being baffled (how dare they bother me and my recovery!), what do you say? Would you give them all the same advice? “Stay clean and prosper?” Probably not. Each person is at a different stage in their recovery, and prospering means different things to different people. People change. Needs change. But what are the differences?
Not sure? No worries. The best way to understand the zones of recovery is to understand your own zone. To identify your personal needs and questions you should be asking, to tweak your recovery, take this little quiz.
No worries, no one fails, not really. Just answer honestly.
Hmm… a quiz
Choose one answer for every statement or question.
1. You had a fight with your best friend. It’s your fault, but your friend over-reacted. You feel hurt and angry. What is the first thing you do?
a-Oh wow. You so want to use.
b-Oh wow. You so want to learn how to deal with people better. But you don’t apologize since you aren’t sure how to bring it up.
c-Oh wow. You apologize to your best friend and try to make it up to them again. You’ve learned over the years that friendship is precious.
d-Oh wow. You never feel “hurt and angry,” never experience negative emotions, never have arguments, and you never apologize. Ever.
2. Your cousin just gave up heroin. What do you do?
a-You guide your cousin to the right resources and remind them it gets better, but you know better than get too involved.
b-Frankly, you yourself are overwhelmed with quitting. It’s been a rough ride. But maybe you help them anyway – and you both relapse.
c-You help your cousin by taking responsibility for their actions. After all, you control everything. You can fix anybody. You’re that good.
d-You feel strongly about recovery, have sponsored many people over the years, and offer to help your cousin, if you feel you can be objective enough.
Please download the handout to see the rest of the quiz — and the answers. Thanks!
The Fine Print
There is no fine print. This worksheet is really free. You won’t be charged! All you need is an email. Download, save on your computer, and print up as many copies as you’d like. Make sure to print or save, though, as the link sometimes expires.
Haven’t run away yet? 😎
Okay, don’t forget to take a look at the upcoming Outside-the-Box Recovery Workbook. It’s written for addiction counselors and the public alike.
Filled with relapse prevention & coping skills, alter egos, art assignments, fiction-writing, puzzles, and much more, The Outside-the-Box Recovery Workbook takes the reader on a 130-page introductory journey into the world of sobriety. It’s about surviving addiction. It’s also about creating a life worth living. It will be available August 1, 2021 and is meant to be the first of a series of similar workbooks