Taking One Step at a Time toward a Sober Future

My favorite thing about walking into town, rather than driving, is that I can only take one step at a time in order to reach my destination. I can look around and enjoy the sights or I can talk to a companion along the way but only one step at a time will get me to the center of town, where I can do my shopping or visit with friends. It is neither helpful nor possible to take two steps at a time. I’m not a horse, after all. Two feet. One road. I will get there in good time and I enjoy the simplicity of this form of travel every time. You cannot take one step at a time without getting a little dirt on your feet.

There’s no secret why the phrase one step at a time is used by recovering users to encourage a simple, sensible, and self-nurturing approach to recovery. When you break recovery down into simple steps, you enable yourself to take the path one step at a time and arrive safely and securely at your sober destination.

Simplifying Life so that You Can Take it One Step at a Time

What steps should you take? The steps toward sobriety are different for everyone, but here are some suggestions:

  • The first step is to recognize that you have a problem.
  • Finding a treatment center or sober living facility can support you as you begin the journey toward sobriety.
  • Commit to taking it one step at a time so that you do not try to accomplish too much at once. When you try to take on too much, you place yourself in danger of becoming overwhelmed. Take on less than you think you can handle and only take on more when you are completely ready.
  • Develop a plan for maintaining sobriety. This could mean working with a 12-step program or joining an LDS sober community that will allow you to take one step at a time with like-minded people.
  • Maintain an active and engaged lifestyle. Your hobbies and interests can help you stay sober by keeping you involved in activities that you enjoy. Not only will they distract you as you take one step at a time toward sobriety, but they will engage the pleasure centers in your brain so that alcohol or drugs will be less appealing.
  • Nurture yourself one step at a time by taking care of your body, mind, and soul.

onestepIf these feel like large leaps, break them down into smaller and smaller steps so that you can take one step at a time at your own pace. You can create a one step at a time plan in a notebook, on a spreadsheet, or in your head. When you finally reach your goal, you can look back and see just how one step at a time brought you to your new