Sobriety

7 Years Sober

7 Years Sober

2020-05-07 10:18:45 Seven years ago my life changed forever. I still count it as the biggest and best decision I’ve ever made and sometimes I still can’t even believe it happened. It seems like just yesterday I was living in different cities and countries, partying in dark nightclubs until dawn, doing lines of cocaine with strangers, having wine with dinner, and indulging in dirty martinis with su... »

There is No Health Without Mental Health

There is No Health Without Mental Health

2020-05-04 10:42:16 May is Mental Health Awareness Month. One in five people will have a mental health condition in their lifetime. You can take a free, private, and anonymous mental health screening at mhascreening.org. What I feared most about getting sober was the stigma that came with quitting drinking. I just couldn’t imagine a life without alcohol, owning it, and truly being proud of who I w... »

Twenty lessons in twenty years of sobriety

Twenty lessons in twenty years of sobriety

2020-04-30 13:56:24 47 years old – 20 years sober. For pictures in my drinking days, scroll down. Picture by Jordan Brewer. On May 2nd, 2020, I celebrate 20 years of continuous sobriety. I worked hard for this, and I made a lot of mistakes along the way. But through these mistakes, I learned some vital lessons that have helped me stay sober and grow into the person I always dreamed of being.... »

Fear in the Time of Uncertainty

Fear in the Time of Uncertainty

2020-04-26 00:41:03 The definition of fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat. This is not something new. For many of us, we can probably remember the very first time we felt fear as children. For me, it was not knowing the answer to a math problem in first grade, and seeing a person dressed up as a gorilla at a sh... »

Mistakes are the juice of life

Mistakes are the juice of life

2020-04-16 10:22:38 Mistakes are the juice of life. When I first got sober I was under the delusion that in order to stay sober, I had to become perfect in all areas.It got worse when I trained to be a therapist. Because I was a therapist I thought I needed to always be serene, wise and know the right thing to say.I needed to exude a calm, reassuring confident manner with everyone, not j... »

Finding Mindfulness Amidst the Mayhem

Finding Mindfulness Amidst the Mayhem

2020-04-01 16:48:04 One of the simplest and most applicable, at this time, is the practice of mindfulness. Original Source »

Books

Books

2020-03-31 12:11:00 Apology to the Young Addict by James Brown If you think you’ve had it with addiction memoirs, James Brown will change your mind completely. Brutally honest, tender, forthright, challenging, these essays lay bare the day-to-day struggle to overcome addiction and the remarkable, perhaps unearned second chances we can create for ourselves. A compelling read. View all my revi... »

Caring for Our Mental Health During COVID-19

Caring for Our Mental Health During COVID-19

2020-03-18 16:32:41 The Coronavirus- COVID-19. The name makes one think about physical health and safety. It may bring up feelings of fear and images of disease and illness. Original Source »

Empowering Our Minds Against a Pandemic

Empowering Our Minds Against a Pandemic

2020-03-23 00:00:00 It is human nature to grasp onto the external to make us feel safe and secure. These are the lies that we tell ourselves. Original Source »

The 5 essential components of a successful sober program are:

The 5 essential components of a successful sober program are:

2020-03-16 11:21:28 Let’s be clear. There are many paths to a sober life. Yet this is one of the major disagreements within the recovery community. We all seem to be so deeply entrenched in our own method and utterly convinced that our way is the only possible way to get sober. To the point that if you don’t do it my way, we believe you will drink and then you will ... »

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