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How alcohol and abuse are connected

Gaslighting a Drunk: A Cautionary Tale

You may have heard the term “gaslighting” bandied about in today’s discourse. It is a psychological term used to describe a very specific type of manipulation style in which a person attempts to make another person or group of people doubt their own judgement by manipulating situations, facts, and memories. Proficient gaslighters can make others feel as if they’re going crazy, to doubt proof that is in front of their eyes, and generally doubt their ability to judge a situation accurately. It is a tool that abusers use to control others and it is a wretched thing to go through. Perhaps you’ve known one or two in your lifetime.

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The importance of taking pride in your sobriety

Owning My Sobriety

On December 19, 2016 (for what felt like the millionth time) I decided I was done with alcohol. Nada mas.

It had wreaked havoc on my life in more ways than I could count. My health was deteriorating, my weight was skyrocketing, I was depressed, riddled with anxiety, and zombie crawling through life. That I functioned at all was a small miracle.

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Learn how to stop your excuses and finally quit those bad habits

7 Steps to Quit Your Bullsh*t and Break Bad Habits

Are you tired of your own bullshit? I’m sure you’d agree that we all have our “stuff” we’re trying to handle. But some people are doing a much better job than the rest of us at breaking their bad habits.

When I first got sober, I had a lot going on (tough pregnancy) and I used it as an excuse for letting in new bad habits. Now that I’ve got a couple of years of sobriety under my belt, I’m actively working to fix it.

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why you shouldn't run away from your problems

Why Moving To A New City Will Not Solve Your Problems

In 1999, I moved from a small town in Indiana to a private women’s college in Atlanta, GA. I hated Indiana and desperately needed to get out. At first, Atlanta electrified me. The people, the school, the opportunities. I felt alive for the first time in forever.

Until I didn’t.

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Strategies to beat bad habits

The Easy Way You Can Break Bad Habits Starting Today

I recently listened to a Ted Talk by Judson Brewer about bad habits and how to break them. If you’re reading this right now, chances are you have a bad habit that you would like to break. He talked about using mindfulness as a strategy to break bad habits, a strategy that I have used in my own life to help get myself out of some pretty dark places, so his lecture really spoke to me and I hope that it can be effective for you as well. 

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Understanding that I was an alcoholic

Am I an Alcoholic? How I Finally Realized I Needed to Stop

Alcoholic. When you hear that word, what image comes to mind? Is it the drunk, out of control father sitting in his comfy chair in a wife beater pounding sixers and wreaking havoc on his wife and family? Is it the stumbling homeless guy who smells like pure ethanol begging for change on the corner and sipping something out of a brown, paper bag? Maybe it’s …

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