Sober Through Halloween Shenanigens

Sober Through Halloween

Staying Sober through Halloween Hauntings If this is your first year sober at Halloween – Congratulations! If this is your 2nd, 3rd or more Halloweens sober – Congratulations! If you aren’t sober yet, but hoping to be really soon – Congratulations! I guess this covers everybody except the non-alcoholics and the alcoholics who still consider their shenanigans fun. There, now everybody is covered. Some of you may be wondering how to get through this Haunting Holiday without the ‘trick or not-treat’ of picking up a drink or a drug. It can be a daunting haunting! (sorry, that was bad) But seriously what about staying sober through Halloween? Halloween in the Early Days Kids learn really early to love this holiday, especially the ‘addicts in waiting’. What could be more fun than dressing up in creepy clothes, or being an angel…

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Gratitude in Recovery

Gratitude is Key in Addiction Recovery Some people say the A.A. should stand for Attitude Adjustment, and that is exactly what has to happen if a person has any chance at all at staying healthy in recovery or sober for any length of time. Here are some tips for gratitude in recovery to help you foster an “attitude of gratitude”: Make a gratitude list We suggest leaving the keyboard, and writing this out the old-fashioned way with pen and paper. If you are having trouble coming up with things you are grateful for, think about some really big things like breathing, eating, eyesight, friends and so on. Even if you don’t really feel grateful, write them down anyway, and in the process, you may find your attitude adjusting. Drop blame Remember, if you are pointing your finger at someone else,…

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My Child: Opioid Addiction?

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Does my child have opioid addiction? Of course, no parent wants to ask themselves such a painful question. Does my child have opioid addiction? To consider the possibility that their son or daughter is a drug addict is too terrible a thought for many parents. But unfortunately, that tragic reality hits home for many parents around the world today, as we are living amidst a global opioid addiction epidemic. It’s estimated that in America alone, 40 people die every day from pain killer overdose. And the opioid crisis is worsening rather than resolving, fueled in part by the Covid-19 pandemic. What exactly are opioids? In simple terms, opioids are a class of potent pain-relief medications, often referred to as opiates or narcotics. They are chemical variations or derivatives of opium originating from the poppy plant. These commonly prescribed strong drugs include…

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One Day at a Time: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Your cross to bear

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow This prose is a nice reminder to live one day at a time: There are two days in every week about which we should not worry. Two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension. One of these days is yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed. We cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone. The other day we should not worry about is tomorrow. With its possible adversities, its burdens, its large promise and poor performance. Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control. Tomorrow’s sun will rise, either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds, but it will…

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Recovery Outside The Box : The Benefits of Traveling for Addiction Recovery

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Benefits of Traveling for Addiction Recovery When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. – Henry Ford Traveling for addiction recovery offers fresh perspectives allowing for transformative change. When considering all the options out there for addiction recovery, you will find there are all types of programs. There are in-patient, out-patient, in-state, out-of-state, national, and international addiction treatment facilities. Some drug rehabs are 12 step based or holistic in nature. Many are large institutions, some are small, private alcohol & drug rehabs. Many are local, close to home, others are international in scope in travel destinations abroad, out of country. It is important to consider your needs and resources in choosing the best program for you. There are many options to choose from. There are a lot of good…

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What Marianne Williamson’s Spiritual Message Teaches Us About Addiction Recovery and Universal Truth

Holistic Alcohol, Nicotine & Other Drug Rehab

Addiction is far more than just a dependence on substances. It’s an experience loaded with spiritual significance, and one that can serve as an important entry point into your journey of self-discovery and universal love. Seeing it in this context helps us understand why holistic addiction recovery is such a profoundly transformative experience – something internationally acclaimed author and presidential candidate Marianne Williamson has recently been bringing to national attention.   A Course in Miracles and Sobriety Many parallels have been drawn between Marianne Williamson’s teachings, A Course in Miracles (ACIM), and AA’s 12 Steps. “Many people in recovery who were attracted to ACIM,” Williamson explains, “first because the principles are the same; and secondly, because the eleventh step—to seek through prayer and meditation a conscious contact with God—is something ACIM helps accomplish.” While, in behavioral terms, addiction can be seen as…

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Letting Go in Addiction Recovery…to be Happy, Joyous and Free!

let go and let god

15 Things to Let Go Of   Here’s a list of 15 things to learn to ‘let go’ of, if you want to be truly happy. Letting go can be simple and straightforward, but difficult to consistently apply to our lives. We need to practice them, over and over, so that the newly learned pattern becomes the default, standard behavior. Remind yourself, over and over, to let go of…. 1. Your need to always be right. “Would I rather be right, or happy?” 2. Control 3. Blame 4. Self-defeating self-talk 5. Limiting beliefs about what you can or cannot do, about what is possible or impossible. “A belief is not an idea held by the mind, it is an idea that holds the mind” 6. Complaining. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking. 7. Criticism. Give up your need to…

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Am I A High Functioning Alcoholic?

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The High-Functioning Alcoholic What do I do if I am a high functioning alcoholic? The most common form of substance abuse in North America is alcohol; it affects millions of people all over Canada, the United States, Europe and Latin America. Although it is very common, alcoholism is not always easy to spot. People may not suspect alcoholism if there are still two cars in the garage and an intact high-powered career. It is sometimes much harder for a successful alcoholic to accept that they have a problem with their drinking. Close family members may know your drinking habits. They may even be considering an intervention. Your spouse, child or parents may lay awake at night wondering about your alcohol induced antics while you are still in denial about your alcohol use. Sometimes the last person to know about the…

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Life After Addiction

There is a Great Life Awaiting You After Addiction! The thought of life after addiction can be scary When you’re in the habit of having a glass of liquid courage before your new client meeting or Mother’s Little Helper before the school bus drops the kids off, it’s not easy to let it go. Or perhaps when you and your spouse reunite at the end of the day, sharing a bottle of wine or just a little nightcap drink or three to help you sleep is an important ritual. Or maybe you and your friends have a longstanding tradition of going to the same bar every Friday night – how can you give that up? You can’t imagine life after addiction. Drinking alcohol is part of your culture and social life. Could there really be any kind of life after…

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