Sobriety

Dating a Pothead – Marijuana and Relationships

Dating a Pothead – Marijuana and Relationships

Dating or living with a marijuana addict can be overwhelming. Marijuana addiction can create turmoil in relationships whether they be with family members, friends or spouses. People who smoke pot, tend to hang around with other people who smoke pot. This enables the pot user to not feel guilty about the amount that they are smoking. Problems arise in a relationship when there are different expecta... »

Now That You're Sober – 7 Ways to Take Care of Yourself

Now That You're Sober – 7 Ways to Take Care of Yourself

Sobriety is not just about stopping the use of alcohol and / or drugs; it's about actually living and enjoying a better way of life. Here are a few ways you can do your part for a healthier life of sobriety. Seven Ways to Take Care of Yourself, Now That You're Sober: 1. Eat healthy: Your body is your living transport that carries out your wishes, be good to it. Eating healthy has its rewar... »

Relapse Prevention

Relapse Prevention

Relapse refers to a person's return to drug use after a period of absence. If you or someone in your life has a relapse do not give up. Addiction is a chronic disease and many recovering people experience relapses before sustaining sobriety. A "slip" may be discouraging, but it should never be considered the end of recovery. There is no such thing as a hopeless addict. There are only... »

Reaping the Benefits of Living Sober

Reaping the Benefits of Living Sober

Most everyone has heard the adage "You reap what you sow". Nothing could be truer when you are talking about the life of a practicing alcoholic or drug addict. This has been my experience and the thousands I have met and counseled in my 21 plus years of sobriety. The biggest problem is that in the middle of the disease we do not view it that way because it is always someone, something or... »

Step Back, Be Sober and Follow Through

Step Back, Be Sober and Follow Through

There are many great ideas on how to aggressively push ahead in your business and in your personal life; there are even more ways to mess up your business and personal life. Of the many methods to excel, three key ones find their way to the top of the success list. First, it is critical in these crazy economic times to regularly (sometimes weekly) step back from your business and audit your activi... »

Depression and Addiction Are Gone: God Gave Me A Sober Living Mission Instead

Depression and Addiction Are Gone: God Gave Me A Sober Living Mission Instead

In an earlier post I suggested that anyone who is depressed absolutely MUST develop some sort of reason to live. Ideally, you create a master plan that revolves around a goal that you really want. When depressed it is difficult to do anything creative, but presuming you are seeking treatment, you need to boost yourself along your path to wellness. Literally create the plan to get you onto some typ... »

Living With an Alcoholic – How to Not Be an Enabler

Living With an Alcoholic – How to Not Be an Enabler

When someone is able to help another person and has success in doing so, it make that person feel good about themselves that they were able to help someone in need. There comes a time that you think are are helping someone, but in reality you are only hurting them. What I am referring to is helping a person with an addiction. People with an alcohol addiction must be able to help themselves before ... »

Staying Sober – Whatever it Takes

Staying Sober – Whatever it Takes

I will be celebrating my fifth anniversary of sobriety on the Fourth of July, 2008. Independence Day has a new (second) meaning to me now – my independence from alcohol, my new birthday of sobriety. This is the new and improved me. My recovery is all about truth. And to be truthful, I am writing a book about my infamous character from birth to present. I have not always been an alcoholic. My... »

Sober Living and the Rest of the World

Sober Living and the Rest of the World

For some recovering addicts, the hardest thing to do is live in the “real” world where friends and family continue to drink around them. With alcohol being such a prevalent part of society, they find it very difficult to maintain a sober living environment. From weddings and funerals to mandatory holiday work parties, sometimes it feels there isn’t any other way around it. One of... »

Communication in Addiction Recovery – Twelve Guidelines for Family Feelings Meetings

Communication in Addiction Recovery – Twelve Guidelines for Family Feelings Meetings

Families just do not know what to do with themselves when the alcoholic or addict gets sober. The first year of recovery is a time of confusion, joy, fear, anger, sadness, happiness-in short a full range of emotion. Most families do not what know to expect in that first year. They know the addict has gotten sober and that something has changed in the system. They know, too, that they are expected ... »

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