When I first got clean I had all kinds of ideas about this. I guess my first idea was, I had no idea, so I figured I’d got to meetings every day and talk to people. That was a good idea
As I started to think clearer and learned more about myself and my thinking I got some different ideas about why I was staying clean, while most others were not. I knew I had a lot of bad data about life and people and a lot of goofy thoughts and ideas, so I set out to find all this goofy thinking and faulty data and get rid of it. That was a good idea
Eventually I was examining every belief I had about everything. I ditched those ideas about god, yes I had no higher power I could name, all the ideas about values, morals, good and bad, purpose, about every thought I had in my head, and started over. This is an ongoing process and for me a good idea
But I think, more than anything else, why I stayed clean is because I really wanted it. I was just done with the pain that addiction turned out to produce. I was done having my situations trashed. I was sick of dealing with all the bad things addiction brings with it.
Now that I write this, isn’t that what the recovered say? We were sick and tired of being sick and tired? I doubt many people will do what I do. I haven’t met any. But I bet the people that stay sober will all tell you they’d had enough of being addicts