One of the biggest things that drove my relapses throughout the years was an inability to forgive myself. I was swept up by the shame parade stomping through my brain. It felt endless and it always started right on time, the second I woke up after a night of drinking. Maybe you’re familiar with this […]
There’s a lot of talk in the recovery world about “rock bottom.” What does it mean to hit rock bottom? What was your rock bottom? Is my rock bottom low enough to qualify me to be here among these people? Have I even hit rock bottom? When people talk about rock bottom, they’re generally referring […]
I recently finished the wonderfully hilarious and relatable Sober Diaries by Clare Pooley and one of the countless good points she brought up revolves around the public perception of sobriety and not drinking alcohol. I’m paraphrasing, but she laments about how quitting smoking is viewed as this triumphant act. It receives a pat on the back and […]
In sobriety, there is always a fear of the dreaded relapse. Am I going to screw this up? Will I end up back where I was? In fact, according to Alcohol.org, 40-60% of us will relapse at some point in our recovery. The good news is that you don’t necessarily have to be one of […]
One of the biggest tools in my sobriety toolbox has been meditation. When you hear the word “meditation” what comes to mind? Is it bearded yogis in flowing tunics peacefully “om” -ing in an idyllic, natural setting? Or is it bendy, sculpted twenty-somethings in Lululemon with mandala tattoos posing peacefully in a yoga studio on Instagram […]
I’ve written before about how to get people to support your sobriety, so today I want to tackle how to handle people who either don’t support your sobriety or aren’t taking it seriously.