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Shame

I'm really enjoying this IOP class I'm in. (That's a miracle) It's proving to be profoundly informative. We talked about shame tonight. I didn't realize how much shame I had, in believing that I wasn't worth the love and acceptance I've been searching for my whole life due to my abandonment issues. But talking about it and putting it in the air like this ensures that my feelings of shame won't survive. If u can name it and talk about it, shame can't survive.
 

Strength

Sometimes you don't realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.

Can we talk about alcoholism and Anthony Bourdain?

I didn’t know Anthony Bourdain, but felt like I did in one small important way. In him, I saw a drinking alcoholic with a front-stage vigorous attempt to do it successfully. His was a fantastic life-embracing show, with drinking taking a prominent role in the joie de vivre, and sometimes that made it hard for me to watch.

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/article213372539.html#storylink=cpy

What Is Dry Drunk Syndrome?

Many know the answer to the question “what is dry drunk syndrome?”, but sometimes the family members or close loved ones do not.
So what is dry drunk syndrome? It is when an alcoholic is not drinking, yet they are still exhibiting the same behaviors they did while drinking. For example, a dry drunk can be someone who is a violent person while drinking, but remains violent even after the drink has been removed. Though the alcohol has been removed,the family is still experiencing chaos, if not even more so than before.

10 Defeating Attitudes in Early Sobriety and How To Combat Them

Getting sober is one of, if not the hardest thing that us addicts will ever have to do. The journey to long term recovery is a hard one, often bumpy and filled with difficult personal and emotional challenges. Here are some thoughts and belief systems that commonly come up for us amongst early sobriety to be aware of, watch out for, and discard when they creep in!
1. The Non Sober People Are More Fun
Addicts in general, myself included spend our time trying to do WHATEVER we can to “feel good” in the moment.

Recovery During the Holidays

The holidays can be a difficult time for those in recovery. We may be around others who are celebrating with drinks or drugs. We may be alone and wishing we weren't. We may have family stresses. Whatever the case,  you do not have to drink or use. Please utilize the resources available to you. Call your sponsor. Have a sober celebration with others in recovery. There are AA and NA clubs with activities on Christmas and New Years. Consider doing something for someone less fortunate or reaching out to someone you haven't spoken with for awhile. Maybe try going to church.You will get through it, and you can get through it sober!

7 Laws of Peaceful Living

1) Make peace with your past so it doesn't spoil your future.
2) What others think of you is none of your business.
3) Time heals almost everything.
4) No one is responsible for your happiness except you.
5) Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
6) Stop overthinking. It's okay not to know all the answers.
7) Smile. You don't own all the problems in the world.

Floating Toward Freedom

I have struggled with addiction for 20 years of my life. My drugs of choice were Oxycodone and Heroin, but I abused LSD, Cocaine and Methamphetamines.  What you are about to read is in short my story. Some or most people would say there are underlying reasons as to why people become addicted to drugs. I would say that why yes there are don't let them become the end excuse for continuing to abuse them.  

I have been out of jail for 11 months now and I have come farther in those months than I have in the whole 35 years of my life.

Healing

Our disease craves instant gratification, but learning how to take care of our bodies takes time, and so does healing.
   - Living Clean, Chapter 4

The Simplest Prayer

October 16, 2016 - The Simplest Prayer
"...praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out."
Step Eleven
How do we pray? With little experience, many of us don't even know how to begin. The process, however, is neither difficult nor complicated.
We came to Narcotics Anonymous because of our drug addiction. But underlying that, many of us felt a deep sense of bewilderment with life itself. We seemed to be lost, wandering a trackless waste with no one to guide us.