Topic: tools for recovery
In most cases, the intrusive thoughts associated with addiction (cravings, disturbing images, etc) go away during the course of recovery.
But no matter how difficult a challenge or how great a triumph it is for us to get from there to here, life’s still going to keep throwing more problems at us.
We were using the same kind of language to talk about it: Focusing, centering, in the moment, relaxing, stress-reducing, peaceful.
The coffee is just not that tasty. Yet they were getting something out of it that was important to them.
He burned through more than a few sponsors before settling with an older gentlemen who’d gotten clean and sober following a career as a Baltimore drug thug and a stretch in state prison.
At the end of each day, make a list of what went right. Focus on that rather than the things that didn’t.
Living sober is a very special process. A process that you can easily let yourself get tired of, or one that can lift you higher than any beverage could.
I had to think back to the retreat leaders I had experienced, and remember just how much they listened to me and offered prayers, not advice.
As addiction progresses, the addict or alcoholic grows away from the larger culture from whence they came.