To abstain, to take enough time and energy to develop a plan, and to take action on your relapse prevention plan requires you to develop strong incentives for you to keep moving forward on your path. Your most powerful incentives for changing your life are not usually
material things like buying a car or house, although they can be good motivators. Your big incentives are usually defined by the values you choose to live by.
Incentives need to be real.
Quickly write down three incentives you have for no longer using drugs and alcohol. They can be stated in any format you like. Examples: I never want to overdose and wake up in ICU again; I don’t want to go back to jail; I want to keep practicing law and make a difference in people’s lives.
Are your incentive statements important enough to justify a lifetime of work? Incentives to stop using are not necessarily the same ones that will help you to maintain focus on your life goals. Change can be a wonderful experience if your incentives are important enough to make it worth the effort. Write three incentive statements you believe will make it worthwhile for you to change your life forever. They need to be important enough that you can keep them in your pocket and use them as a motivator on those days when you have second thoughts.
If the one’s you have written don’t inspire and motivate you, work on them over the next few days to make them more powerful.