Hour to Hour: The First Thirty Days [NOOK Book]

Overview


The journey to recovery

begins in this moment...

Let this powerful little book be your constant companion as you take the first steps toward abstinence from alcohol and drugs. Here are reflections for every single hour of your first month in recovery -- messages of hope, understanding, and experience that point the way. Carry it with you, turn to it when you need guidance and insight, and know that one hour ...

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Overview


The journey to recovery

begins in this moment...

Let this powerful little book be your constant companion as you take the first steps toward abstinence from alcohol and drugs. Here are reflections for every single hour of your first month in recovery -- messages of hope, understanding, and experience that point the way. Carry it with you, turn to it when you need guidance and insight, and know that one hour at a time leads to one day at a time...and a new life free from chemical dependency.

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What People Are Saying

Joseph C. Martin
Shelly Marshall stands as a beacon of simplicity in a world of confusion. I recommend her work highly.
Toby Rice Drews
An incredibly healing book, bound to be as legendary as Day by Day. Treatment centers and therapists should give a copy to every patient.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743437004
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 4/16/2002
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 267 KB

Meet the Author


Shelly Marshall is the author and compiler of the popular meditation books Day by Day, for recovering alcoholics and addicts, and Young, Sober, & Free, for young adults in recovery. Having beaten her own alcoholism, she has spent the past thirty years working with people in recovery. She has a thriving consulting practice, lectures extensively, and hosts recovery Web sites. She is the founder of the Cortez Community Mission Detox Center in Colorado and helped found the Hand of Hope halfway house in Denver. She also helped found the Social Academy addiction educational institution in Moscow and is currently the NGO representative to the United Nations for the NAN (No to Alcoholism and Drug Addiction) Foundation in Russia.
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Introduction

How to Use This Book

This book is designed to use during your first 30 days of abstinence. It is pocket-sized and meant to be carried with you at all times. Although it has a message for every hour of every day, you need not read it every hour. When you arise in the morning, look up the number of days you have been without mind-affecting chemicals, find the current hour and reflect on the message there. Do the same thing before retiring at night. Anytime during the day that you feel uneasy for any reason, find the day and hour and read your message. Use this book when you wake up at night, when feelings overwhelm you, when you crave a fix, pill, or drink, or before you decide to quit this program.

You will find this book to be very helpful as you travel the road away from the disease of chemical dependency and into recovery. In the back you will find a register for the telephone numbers of those you meet at meetings. Call the people who give their numbers to you. We expect you to. We have been through what you are about to experience. We will share with you at meetings, on the phone and through the pages of this book. Welcome -- and remember, we do this together. You never have to be alone again.

Copyright © 1999 by Shelly Marshall

From Hour to Hour: Week One

Day One

The Day Full of Ambivalence

DAY ONE -- 12:00 A.M.

Welcome! Those of us who have gone before you welcome you. You are the most important person we have here. Although you may not understand your importance or our focus on you right now, the day will arrive when you will. We are not kidding. You are extremely important to us!

Help me accept my importance to these people who say they want to help.

DAY ONE -- 1:00 A.M.

The decision to get clean and sober is not always ours, at first. Frequently, it is the courts', our spouse's or parents', our employer's, or just a clever way we use to get out of something. It doesn't really matter. The decision has been made and we take our first steps to recovery.

May these first few steps direct me on a course that will be for my highest good, whatever the outcome.

DAY ONE -- 2:00 A.M.

Whether we choose a treatment facility, are in a lockup ward, or are using a 12-step program to begin recovery, we are embarking on the most difficult, but rewarding, journey of our lives.

May I recognize that whatever doubts I have now will dissolve as I work my way toward recovery.

DAY ONE -- 3:00 A.M.

By now, most of us are asking, "Am I really an addict? Or is this just a bad mistake?" The pain of separation is setting in. "How can I cope without drugs? Will I become stupid, boring, and dull?" We must realize that these thoughts are our addictions talking to us, luring us...

Higher Power, help me shut my ears to the voice of my addictions.

DAY ONE -- 4:00 A.M.

Heavy were the storms and fierce the tides that brought us to this point in recovery. Storms also lie ahead, but after each storm follows the dawn of calm. The old washes away and the time is right for a clean life.

May I surrender to the Light, God as I understand You, and learn to protect myself during storms.

DAY ONE -- 5:00 A.M.

We all share fear. Fear is at the root of our illness. The conquest of fear is the greatest labor of the newly sober.

I offer my fear to my Higher Power, God as I understand You.

DAY ONE -- 6:00 A.M.

We may be hearing a lot about acceptance right now; if not, we soon will. Acceptance does not mean we have to "put up with all this shit." Acceptance means facing reality: "This is how it is and I will do the best I can."

Help me take an objective view of my current situation and not be resigned to some "fate." I will be an active part of this process of recovery.

DAY ONE -- 7:00 A.M.

Just as we begin to learn that others are not responsible for us using or drinking, we learn that they are not responsible for keeping us clean and sober. Only we can not pick up that first fix, pill, or drink. Only we can lay the foundation of our recovery -- abstinence.

When I am tempted to use again, let me see the excuses as the mental tricks they are. I will talk to a sober person first!

DAY ONE -- 8:00 A.M.

Today we begin the greatest journey of our life. Before we lived to the dictates of that first fix, pill, drink, smoke, or snort. Today we begin living to the dictates of spiritual law. It is our most challenging task. This will take everything we have and it will be worth a thousand times more than that.

Take my hand, God as I understand You, and lead me in this most important task.

DAY ONE -- 9:00 A.M.

On our first day of recovery we usually don't like ourselves very well. Consequently, we usually don't like others too well either. But we can grant others this: the right to be human, the right to be wrong, and the right to be right!

At this point in my life when people really bug me, let me let them be.

DAY ONE -- 10:00 A.M.

We've heard people say, "Be humble and you will not stumble." There's more truth in this than its simplicity implies.

May the God of my understanding enable me to be humble without being humiliated.

DAY ONE -- 11:00 A.M.

Whether we choose a treatment facility, are in a lockup ward, or are using a 12-step program to begin recovery, we are embarking on the most challenging, but rewarding, journey of our lives.

May I recognize that whatever doubts I have now will dissolve as I work my way toward recovery.

DAY ONE -- 12:00 P.M.

Welcome! Those of us who have gone before you welcome you. You are the most important person we have here. Although you may not understand your importance or our focus on you right now, the day will arrive when you will. We are not kidding. You are extremely important to us!

Help me accept my importance to these people who say they want to help.

DAY ONE -- 1:00 P.M.

Right now is a good time for you to touch base with a Higher Power. It is obvious that "something" led you to this point to try and stop using. Whether the "something" used your own best thinking, whether the "something" used your employer, parents, spouse, or legal system, that "something" brought you here.

Whatever/Whoever brought me this far, it matters not if I call You God, Higher Power, Allah, or nothing...it only matters that I concentrate on the task at hand -- to stay clean and sober now.

DAY ONE -- 2:00 P.M.

The best decision you have ever made is to opt for the health that sobriety and clean time will give you. If the decision was someone else's then your decision to accept it was the best one ever made. You will gain a new perspective on life and for this you need to thank yourself.

As I thank myself, I also thank any others, including a Higher Power, as I understand Him/Her, for giving me another hour without mind-affecting chemicals.

DAY ONE -- 3:00 P.M.

It is very important that we listen to what we are telling ourselves. What are the negatives? "This won't work; I wasn't so bad; these people who are helping me are sicker than me"? These kind of negative thoughts are tricks and will only lead us back to pain.

Even though my thoughts are not crystal clear this hour, help me see the positive in my actions toward health and not listen to the negative tricks of my mind.

DAY ONE -- 4:00 P.M.

Tomorrow is not a day to worry about. Yes, there are possible adversities, burdens, and fears, but the sun will rise without our control and we know not whether it rises in splendor or behind a mask of stormy weather. Therefore, we leave tomorrow to tend itself.

Tomorrow is a day I will never meet so I stay focused in this hour and tend to my needs now -- not project about unknown needs tomorrow.

DAY ONE -- 5:00 P.M.

One hour at a time leads to one day at a time in our recovery program. Each hour is one of twenty-four building blocks of each day of our sobriety and clean time.

My current building block is to rise above fear and practice faith this hour.

DAY ONE -- 6:00 P.M.

Welcome! Those of us who have gone before you welcome you. You are the most important person we have here. Although you may not understand your importance or our focus on you right now, the day will arrive when you will. We are not kidding. You are extremely important to us!

Help me accept my importance to these people who say they want to help.

DAY ONE -- 7:00 P.M.

The origin of our disease mystifies us -- genetic, societal, environmental, or all three? But we can't wait on science or medicine to untangle the addiction web. We must work on recovery today! That means no mind-affecting chemicals in this twenty-four hours!

May I stay clean and sober this day, this hour.

DAY ONE -- 8:00 P.M.

It is a good idea to take five minutes to reflect on our situation while we go through the beginning stages of abstinence. For many of us the battle is acute withdrawal, pain, and confusion. "Taking five to revive" can be very important to our focus on survival.

As I "take five" give me the thoughts necessary to carry me forward.

DAY ONE -- 9:00 P.M.

When there is no way to get away from us, when we can't get high enough to turn off the pain anymore, when we are worried and confused at 9:00 at night, then maybe it is time to try another way.

Right now I will surrender to another way. Help me center my emotions and practice faith this hour.

DAY ONE -- 10:00 P.M. It is our experience in recovery that a Power greater than ourselves places the answers before us that we need to hear when we need to hear them. Often we don't like the answers and ignore the reality of them. But we can face reality now, if we choose.

Please give me the strength to see this through to the next hour. Help me face the reality of recovery and not slip back to the insanity of using.

DAY ONE -- 11:00 P.M. The most basic thing you can do right now is to understand the basics. Don't drink, pop pills, shoot dope, snort coke, smoke crack -- and listen to the people you came to for help.

My Divine Source aids me in putting everything in perspective this hour -- the basics are, Don't use, and listen!

Copyright © 1999 by Shelly Marshall

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Introduction

Introduction

How to Use This Book

This book is designed to use during your first 30 days of abstinence. It is pocket-sized and meant to be carried with you at all times. Although it has a message for every hour of every day, you need not read it every hour. When you arise in the morning, look up the number of days you have been without mind-affecting chemicals, find the current hour and reflect on the message there. Do the same thing before retiring at night. Anytime during the day that you feel uneasy for any reason, find the day and hour and read your message. Use this book when you wake up at night, when feelings overwhelm you, when you crave a fix, pill, or drink, or before you decide to quit this program.

You will find this book to be very helpful as you travel the road away from the disease of chemical dependency and into recovery. In the back you will find a register for the telephone numbers of those you meet at meetings. Call the people who give their numbers to you. We expect you to. We have been through what you are about to experience. We will share with you at meetings, on the phone and through the pages of this book. Welcome—and remember, we do this together. You never have to be alone again.

Copyright © 1999 by Shelly Marshall

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