Are There Any Conditions on Your Recovery? Would It Ever Be OK For You To Drink or Drug? I am not talking here about necessary and needed medications prescribed by a physician and used as prescribed. I think it important for every individual in recovery from addictive disease to think deeply about, and to honestly answer, this question. Some conditions on recovery that I have encountered in working with recovering individuals include: not going to jail. not losing my job, my spouse, or partner, or, not getting my job, spouse, or partner back after I'm sober or clean a while. In my view, it matters little why an individual begins the recovery journey; many enter treatment and recovery for the job, significant other, for legal reasons, because of coercion from parents, etc. Being in recovery/treatment allows the individual the opportunity to break through denial and realize that abstinence and recovery are personally needed goals. At some point in recovery the individual must be on the recovery path for reasons internal to him/her, rather than for external reasons of the type mentioned here. An external condition is likely to be resolved or removed at some point, thereby removing the reason and motivation for abstinence and recovery, resulting in relapse. So, it is vital that each recovering individual check to see if there are any conditions under which he/she may think it OK to pick up a drink or drug, and then think through those conditions with a sponsor, a mentor, another recovering person, or a counselor or therapist. As always, comments are invited. Jan Edward Williams, 09/18/2012.