10 Steps to Early Recovery


Randy Brazzel MA, LPC, LMFT

Recovery is a process that takes time and patience. While the early stages of recovery from addictions may feel like a sprint, the long term process of recovery is more like a marathon. This is true not only for the person in recovery, but also for the family. Listed below are steps that are useful during the early process of recovery.

  1. Get the drugs and alcohol out of the house.
  2. Develop a network of people that support your recovery.
  3. Make maintaining sobriety easier by eliminating negative influences and temptations.
  4. Fight the temptation to seek immediate relief or immediate gratification.
  5. Manage expectations (both your own and those of others around you).
  6. Be honest with yourself about your thoughts, feelings, and actions.
  7. Be honest with others about your thoughts, feelings, and actions.
  8. Develop a structure and a plan of action to maintain sobriety and then follow the plan.
  9. Take it one day at a time.
  10. Keep it simple.

Listed below are some of the resources that are available that support recovery.

  1. Al-Anon 713-683-7277
  2. Alateen 713-683-7227
  3. Alcoholics Anonymous 713-686-6300
  4. Cocaine Anonymous 713-668-6822
  5. Gamblers Anonymous 713-684-6654
  6. Narcotics Anonymous 713-661-4200
  7. Sex Addicts Anonymous 800-477-8191
  8. Cornerstone Recovery 713-528-6720