Thinking good things is a positive way for the addict and alcoholic to live their lives. I am an avid Bible reader and in fact the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous was based on the teachings of the Bible. In the New Testament, specifically Philippians 4:8 is a verse I try to live by. It says “Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.”
Alcoholism and drug abuse takes us down roads that are ugly. For the addict it may be about going to seedy parts of a city to get drugs. It usually involves stealing and sadly prostitution can enter into the mix. Violence is sometimes a given. Drug abuse isn’t happy until we are living in a box somewhere. Alcoholism has its dark side as well. It usually involves losing a job and a license to drive. Violence due to husbands and wives arguing is prevalent in the alcoholic environment. The children suffer in both cases.
In sobriety we see an end to the ugly road. We try to do the next right thing in all our endeavors. This Bible verse is a wonderful way to conduct our daily affairs. If we keep our eyes, thoughts and actions on what is true and good and right we can’t help but succeed. If we attempt to see these good things in others our relationships improve. Praising God is about making a gratitude list for the changes in our lives due to sobriety. We will never forget the road we took in addiction. We can concentrate on the new road we are taking in sobriety.