My journey in recovery has not been all fun and games. Getting sober from drugs is hard, period. I’ve learned a lot. Sometimes through meetings, people, and books other times the hard way. I’ve gotten into a relationship which was warned against me but I think I finally found the right person. It has been a roller coaster these past few months learning how to trust, grow, and love one another.
I’ve taken some time to get some professional help and have enlisted some great people at Florida Recovery Center. Right now I’m in a halfway house in Delray Beach, which has really enabled me to focus on what is important: staying sober. Some might say that it is the weak thing to do or it is going “backwards” by asking for help at a treatment center when you are already sober, but times are tough.
Not only have I struggled with addiction but I’ve struggled with depression as well, and now am realizing I also have very bad anxiety that I never noticed due to self medication. I’ve thought about just using marijuana, but that never works. This blog does help a lot, but I can only write so much. Thanks for reading.
There are many adversities that an addict in recovery must face. Aside of the temptation for relapse there’s the difficulties that come naturally. This can even be trying to enjoy the company of friends that are not in treatment. I’m not saying that I am trying to hangout with my old drug dealer but my best friends are not addicts. They are just grown men that want to have a drink, and that’s cool, but that’s not the life for me.
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I wake up everyday and my first thought is always the same. Who am I? It is as if I’m some sort of computer program that needs to download my personality from my brain. It’s no joke. The first thought I have every day is “who I am” in every sense of the words. I used to wake up and think, “I’m that guy that going to get wasted today.” Read More About “Top 10 Staying Sober Tips” »
I am always looking for new ways to keep my mind preoccupied throughout the day. I hear a lot of people claiming that yoga can be the key to gaining tranquility and even in some cases sobriety. That sounds a little strange to me but who am I to knock it. Read More About “Can I Get Sober With Yoga?” »
Avoiding your addiction when you are in treatment can at times be more difficult then ever imagined. Addiction is more than just having a substance abuse problem. Addiction comes with people and the memories that you begin associate the addiction over time. As a result you end up hating yourself while being upset with others because you are too blind with rage to notice that you hold the key to your own success.
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Understanding Mental Illness
A mental illness is also referred to as having a mental disease and at times can become so severe that the person diagnosed with this illness may be referred to as a psychopath. As soon as the word psychopath is heard it is usually used in reference to having antisocial characteristics. Yet I believe this classification is a bit skewed. However when I hear the word psychopath I do not envision a person with unsociable traits.
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I have lived most of my life through curious eyes. As a child, I had a strange desire for anything that was new to me. I would desire every new toy, new candy, I even remember one time I pleaded for an entire month to have a pair of shoes with light up soles. I feel as if I am making myself sound like a spoiled child but it is quite the contrary.
Just because I said I desired owning the newest gadget does not mean that I actually got them. The truth is that as a child my family was not the most fortunate with money. This was a fact that I did not learn until quite sometime after my childhood. Read More About “Understanding Drug Addictions: Childhood Stories” »
What is the difference between social drinking and abusing alcohol? For some this creates a grey area between the lines of alcoholism and social drinking, that results in reflective questioning. Such as; when am I crossing the line, where are the signs that warn me, and how will I know when I have gone too far?
These questions are reflective and will most certainly arise when approaching the grey lines between social drinking and alcoholism. For me I have been struggling with addiction as it has created a great deal of problems in my social life. I personally want to get sober again and stay away from these grey areas.
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I could image becoming sober without the AA program even though it is proven to be a very powerful in its ability to help addicts of alcoholism. Except, I for one would believe in my strength to do whatever it takes to become sober. However this does not mean that I believe that A.A. is an ineffective program by any means.
Staying sober in Alcoholics Anonymous or A.A. is challenging to think of at first as it is a huge commitment for someone. So why not just focus on achieving your goal of living freely without the dependence of alcohol first? I mean AA is anonymous so there are no records kept, but I believe it is safe to say that AA has helped millions of people.
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I plan on getting sober by living my rowdy life one breath at a time. One long deep breath at a time really is the only way I know how to start my day off. I usually wake up around 7:30 A.M. and start with a deep breath to take the morning edge off. Then I eat some cereal with orange juice as I check the news to see what insanity might have occurred while I slept. As the time rounds 8:30 A.M., I get dressed for my days activities; a suit for work, a pair of mesh shorts for the gym, or nothing if it is my day off. Now replenished and hopefully dressed I am ready to take on the world as I take one last deep breath on my way out of my front door for my morning run. Read More About “Helping an Addict Recover” »