Help Us Help You By Taking Our Sobriety Survey!

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You may have noticed that I’ve been hinting at BIG changes & developments for the OWN Sobriety website.  Well, I’ve been working with some partners behind-the-scenes to rebrand OWN Sobriety and launch it as the first digital magazine specifically geared towards living a sober lifestyle!  To help with the rebranding process, we need everyone’s help.  We want to create content that is relevant and useful to you.  So, we have created an online sobriety survey to get a better understanding […]

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Tips For A Successful Sober Second Half Of The Year

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The end of June marks the halfway point of the year.  How has your sobriety gone so far in this strange and crazy year?  Has the world slowdown helped you achieve goals and build confidence or has it added stress and put a strain on your sobriety?  Whichever the case, let’s talk about how you can do a little planning now to set yourself up for a successful sober second half of the year. Review the first half-year of sobriety […]

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5 Benefits Of A Sober Lifestyle

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What’s up y’all?   I talked in my last two posts about how much life has improved over the past 8 months with the combination of my new job plus diagnosis and treatment of ADHD.  While those are the major factors in my improvement, they are not the sole reasons that I have become more successful in my sober lifestyle.  I have been thinking a lot about all of the variables that have come into play over the past 2.5 […]

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Diagnosed With ADHD At 36 Years Old

Wow!  My post over the weekend, which was my first in eight months, had nearly a record number of visitors on the ownsobriety.com website.  I’m sure part of that was from people expecting to read a juicy relapse story but it shows that people really do read what I post.  So thank you for that! I thought I would go into some more detail on what all has been up over the past few months and my hiatus from blogging.  […]

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All Good Here

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Hey!  Long time, no blog.  It’s been over eight months since I have made a public post to my blog.  And the last post I made was about being in a serious funk.  So, I know you’re thinking that I must’ve relapsed or, at the very least, I’m not doing too well in life.  But actually, I’m proud to say that the total opposite is true.  Despite all of the craziness in the world, my life has become absolutely amazing […]

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Revisiting A Funk

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I post a lot about how great sober life is. This post will end on that message too, but I feel like I must talk about the tough times that are inevitably sprinkled in between. Prior to the past few days, which have been better, I was in one of the bigger funks of my now nearly two-year recovery journey. A lot of positive and exciting things were happening for me, but I was wholly unimpressed. Despite my best attempts, […]

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Balance In Recovery

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The goal of recovery should be to build enough confidence and trust in yourself that living a free and balanced lifestyle becomes second nature.  Take full advantage of living in the moment, but realize that recovery has given you an opportunity to have a better tomorrow too.  If we take the “one day at a time” mantra too literally as we progress through recovery, we will get stuck in a cycle of comfort without growth.  It’s true that tomorrow is […]

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Starting A New SMART Recovery Meeting – Part 2

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In the previous part of this series on starting a new SMART Recovery meeting, I talked about the training process and how I found a nice meeting location. In this article, I will talk about the promotion process of my new meeting. In the next article, I will discuss actually facilitating the first couple of meetings. When I left off in the previous article, I had just submitted my new meeting information to SMART Recovery for listing in their meeting […]

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Trust The Process

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Life can be hard.  I like to be in control and a big part of my past two years has been about learning patience.  I like to think there’s always something that I can do to move a process along.  I never say I’m bored because there is always something I can do.  But some things are out of my control.  Sometimes, I have to just have faith and trust the process.  I got a reminder of that today. I’ve […]

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Reaching 600 Days Of Recovery

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12 years, that’s how long I was a nightly drinker.  From the age of 22 until 34.  At age 25, I began day drinking.  So, for about 9 years I was an all-the-time drinker.  I always had alcohol nearby.  If I didn’t, I was scheming about how to get it quickly.  By age 34, I couldn’t go more than 2 hours without alcohol before withdrawing.  My chest would tighten, I would be gasping for air, my hands and feet would […]

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