Sobriety Journal

Writing in a sobriety journal, or what is sometimes called an addiction recovery journal, can help inspire recovery.

Just as therapy and art have been used as an effective part of a recovery plan, many people also benefit from the healing effects of writing.

Get Started With These Examples

To help you get started, listed below are some examples of what you can write in your journal:

  • Write a wish list for yourself. Do not hold back – write down your wishes and hopes as if you could pull them from the paper and have them when you are finished.

  • Make a list of your accomplishments. Give yourself credit for all of your accomplishments, whether small or big.

  • Jot down your feelings and emotions at any given moment. Expressing them on paper can be therapeutic in itself.

  • Write down a list of recovery goals that you want to achieve.If you lapse in your recovery, record your thoughts and emotions and what was happening in your life at the time of the lapse.

  • Write about past memories and your feelings associated with them.

  • Write one positive thing about yourself each day, no matter how you are feeling about yourself at the time.

These are just a few examples. Writing your thoughts and feelings down or describing a negative experience or event in your journal can help you understand your actions and reactions more clearly than simply thinking about or discussing them.

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When you write down your challenges on paper, it can become easier to see situations more clearly and help you figure out what actions you should take in the future.

If you are in a recovery program, you would, of course, want to follow the steps, advice and counseling you receive in that program. Writing can simply be an effective addition to a recovery plan.


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