The Importance Of Abstinence

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During the abstinence exercises for my Addiction Recovery and Social Work Practice course, I learned how to mentally abstain from my desires. During the weeks of abstaining, I decided to abstain from sodas, sex, cigarettes, and social media in order to understand the equivalence of individuals who have an addiction for drugs or alcohol. While abstaining from my desires, I found healthier ways, and activities to keep me focus on the assignment; for example, during my social media exercise, I decided to stay away from all social networks and spend time with family, and going on dates to work on my communication skills. Overall, the learning experience for the abstinence exercise has taught me that I have more mental power than I expected and to be more understanding to those whose addictions are strong and a challenge to break. While attending meetings, I had time to speak with different sponsors and understand their stories and those moments are what kept me to strive and finish each exercise because while abstaining from your desires, you learn that your mental power can be tested, and temptation becomes a challenge as well. Marie Antoinette once said “ It would be doing me great injustice to think that I have any feeling of indifference to my country; I have more reason than anyone to feel, every day of my life, the value of the blood which flows in my veins, and it only from prudence that at times I abstain from showing how proud I am of it.” Which is a true statement towards abstaining from anything that you put the mind to. At 28 years old, I finally came to the conclusion to become healthier, and stay away for everything that damages my body and mind. Around the time of the exercises was also the time I was focusing on fitne... ... middle of paper ... ...rows as we learn to see ourselves; without judging to conclusions. During the assignment I gained faith in myself to conquer over any obstacle. Growing up around drugs and alcohol was not important to me because my family never allowed children around while adults participated in their actions. Stability is important for us to thrive, but there is a difference between being stable and being stuck. Once our addictions takes over our time, mind, and value, we lose ourself. This assignment was needed because I picked up signs that helped distinguish serenity. I learned not to judge others, be ungrateful, and agitated with people with personal issues. Obstacles gave me a chance to challenge myself during the assignment. When we set goals for ourselves, we move toward them a day at a time, knowing that when we’re doing the rights things, the right things tend to happen.
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