Recovery Mantra

Let’s talk about mantras

In the beginning of my recovery, my dad would tell me no retreat no surrender. No retreat no surrender is from Bruce Springsteen’s song and Surrender. My dad used to say this to me from the sidelines of the soccer game when I was chasing down a girl that thought she was going to score a goal.... keyword thought.


I didn’t know about recovery mantras until residential and then I said oh mine is no retreat no surrender.

I’ve found that my mantra helps me a lot. In moments of struggle it’s easy to always have something to grab on, something to tell me, and something to remind me to keep on fighting.

Now you know how this account got its name and my recovery Mantra. What’s yours?



No Retreat. No Surrender. JR


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