Almost every person who accidentally relapses (of the unexpected, sudden, tragic and painful variety) that I have heard share their story has in one way or another said these words…

I have got this recovery thing down and my plan will work.

First they stop going to meetings and say church and Bible study is enough. Then the Bible study ends, they keep up weekly church attendance. After a while I imagine that they stop calling their sponsor who they now just consider a friend.

And life…

Goes on…

Until it suddenly doesn’t. Being on top of the world can usually make people like us lose our footing. I know the feeling myself, I too followed the same pattern. It took ten months until the Banana Peel appeared. My relapse did not involve alcohol but make no mistake, emotionally I was no different than if i picked up. When i finally realized i was stepping on the banana peel it was too late.

So I get it…

Like bananas, I can only last about three days on the shelf. My recovery plan keeps me from going rotten. I need to go to meetings at least three times a week. I need to stay connected with my sponsor at least twice a week (and even that is tough). I need to daily work steps 3, 7, 10, 11, and 12. I need to attend corporate worship at a church weekly. I need to be in a Bible study with other men (hopefully other drunks). Last but not least, I need to be of service to God and my fellow man (also hopefully other drunks).

So remember this from my pain… don’t wait til you see the banana peel. Check your plan regularly and make sure you never let your addiction tell you that you’ve got your recovery handled. That my friends, is subtle insanity…

TBR