Could you imagine being able to function on a daily basis without putting a substance into your body? Ever think about having a family of your own, going back to school, owning a home, or building healthy relationships with the people around you? Wondering how you would overcome years of self-hatred, guilt, shame, and fear?
When the world says give up, hope whispers, try it one more time. Hope has the ability to heal those struggling with addiction. Hope allows addicts to face their challenges of life with a positive mindset. More importantly hope gives the desire for recovery to happen. Recovery can be filled with challenges, obstacles and frustration.
One of the questions that was asked this past Alumni day was, “What do I do when I’m ready to use and I just don’t care?” The response was, call somebody. It’s as simple as that. First you have to understand that this disease centers in your brain. You cannot wish it away, or even
As National Impaired Driving Prevention Month comes to an end, we should not forget the importance of driving sober. Tonight of all nights, you should be aware of how drugs and alcohol could affect your driving. New Year’s Eve is the second biggest impaired driving night of the year. Approximately 42 percent of accidents that
It’s that time of year again. Once the end of December rolls around every year people start to put their lives into perspective and they try to figure out how they can improve in the new year. A new years resolution is more of psychological thing for people because the turning of the calendar represents
Having a career in the addictions field and also being in recovery myself, I get a lot of people that come to me for advice. Sometimes it is for referrals to different rehabs, where a good meeting is to go to, phone numbers of people who have a strong program, or what to do when
The holiday season is a time when other factors come into play that can compound problems associated with substance abuse and addiction. This time of year is the highest risk season for those struggling with drug abuse and addiction as overdose death is a greater possibility than at other times of the year. Addicts would
Whether we realize it or not, having gratitude changes the way we interact with the world. It promotes the thoughts and behaviors that support our recovery. It is helpful to try to shift your mindset to focus on being grateful for something each day. In early recovery we make choices to give up one way
Those foxhole prayers and intermittent cries for help don’t constitute the definition of spirituality that’s needed for recovery from a mental, physical, and spiritual malady such as addiction. What is your conception of God? Is He a She? Is it a punishing God? Does it hear your prayers or even care? Most of us have
How much time do you have? Everyone wants to know! I have today! That’s what really matters, and that each day, I ask my Higher Power once again for my daily reprieve from alcohol. How do we stay sober? One day at a time, because that’s what I can manage. In the beginning I couldn’t