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  Synopsis of how Bulletproof Recovery
works to keep you sober.
 
  Addictive and compulsive behaviors stay alive on only one food, anxiety. The more chronic anxiety in your life, the more active  your addictive and compulsive behaviors.

Anxiety management controls any addiction. Keeping anxiety low starves the addiction. Focusing on relapse prevention to stay sober is like thinking about poverty to get and stay rich. To stay sober, do the things sober people do: live healthy 24/7.

The source of chronic, high anxiety is a lifestyle of neediness. When you do not meet your needs on a regular bases, you are anxious all the time. High anxiety does not feel good and people addict to feel better. To keep anxiety down, take good care of yourself on a regular basis and meet all your needs.

To meet your needs and take good care of self on a consistent basis, you must be alert, conscious, willing and able to focus daily on the task of taking action for yourself in each slice of the Pie of Life. This may require learning new patterns in your life that can keep you awake to your self and your needs.

When attending to your needs becomes a matter of fact and characterizes your lifestyle, anxiety lowers and stays low.  With this comes better balance between critical opposites such as your inner and outer worlds, yourself and others, and separateness and togetherness in relationships. With balance in your life, you are able to avoid extremes that generate anxiety.

Success with regular self-care builds the structure that channels the natural and powerful energy of recovery into your life. This sustains recovery by using the path of least resistance.
 
 
   
Is Your Recovery Bulletproof?
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1. I focus on relapse prevention to stay sober

2. I have a sponsor or coach for my recovery with whom I meet regularly.

3. To understand how to practice solid sobriety, I study the stories and lives of people who failed at recovery.

4. It doesn't matter what you call it. My addiction is what it is and how I think about it has nothing to do with staying sober.

5. "Sustained Sobriety" and "Relapse Prevention" are one and the same. It's semantics and has no effect on recovery.

6. People with active addictions do not
regularly take good care
of themselves.

7. I have a clear idea about what I need to do to keep me sober. I think of it as
a "program" and work it regularly.

8. I dwell on my recovery successes and ignore my failures, except to see what they tell me about
my triggers.

9. No matter whatever else is going on in my life, I do first what is necessary to sustain solid sobriety.

10. All I need to do to stay sober is do what others before me did to maintain recovery.

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