Learn To Fly Solo

Solo plane flying in clouds

One of the greatest benefits of sobriety for me has been that I have become comfortable in my own skin.  I love my own company and I am often content by myself.  Learning to fly solo in recovery can allow you to find yourself, enjoy your new-found freedom, and give you permission to take care of yourself.  Because let’s face it, at the end of the day, you’re the one that has to be happy first and foremost. Even if […]

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Facts About SMART Recovery

If you know me or follow my journey, you know that I am a huge advocate of SMART Recovery.  It has been very instrumental in my 19 months of recovery.  I recently completed the SMART Recovery facilitator training program and started a new meeting in my hometown.  The more that I advocate for SMART, the more I find that people don’t know anything about it or what they do know is incorrect.  I thought I would begin writing a series […]

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Podcast Coming Soon!

I love me a good recovery podcast.  I have been listening to a variety of podcasts since the beginning of my sobriety.  I have found a few good ones with great information and I have found some snoozers.  Good podcasts either tell a story of recovery or provide some advice on a common struggle faced in recovery.  The best do both.  What I have found over the past year and a half is that there are not many podcasts that […]

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Agents of Modern Recovery

Over the past few months, I have begun to explore deeper into what I call modern and alternative approaches to recovery.  I have found that there are some really awesome people who are promoting more empowering and more intellectual methods of recovery.  It all started at the beginning of my own recovery journey when I found the book This Naked Mind by Annie Grace, which I have talked about quite a bit on this blog over the past year.  I […]

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Fun? What Fun?

Don’t drink.  Go to counseling.  Go to work.  Get your schoolwork done.  Prepare to facilitate SMART Recovery meetings.  Get to bed earlier.  Take your meds.  Eat better.  Get some exercise.  Read, journal, and make time for your mental health. These are the things that I am constantly telling myself in my recovery.  I have put a TON of work into my recovery and making sure that I get to this point.  I stay on myself to do all of the […]

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Here’s Your Crown, King Nothing

You have it all figured out.  You’ve done exactly what you were told.  You’re sober and loving life, but you still feel the need to make a sarcastic and condescending comment towards anyone who even suggests that your way is not for them.  It worked for you so it must the only solution that exists.  I mean, everyone is just like you and you’re not unique in any way so they must be doing something wrong.  If they did everything […]

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Having A Naked Mind In Recovery

In the first month of my recovery, I was (and still am) all about doing research.  I wanted to digest as much information as I could about addiction and how to recover from it.  One of the very first resources I came across included a recommendation of the book This Naked Mind by Annie Grace.  I visited her website at  https://thisnakedmind.com/ and found the podcasts section.  After watching a couple of videos of Annie explaining what This Naked Mind was all […]

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Wherever You Are, You Are Doing Great

“Wherever you are in your recovery, you are doing great!”  I heard that said on a podcast recently and it was just what I needed to hear.  So often we compare ourselves to others.  In recovery, this is especially dangerous.  I’m guilty of it myself.  I’m also guilty of having really high expectations for myself and feeling like I’m not living up to my own standards if I’m not exceeding all of my goals.  So, I try to make some […]

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Starting A New SMART Recovery Meeting

I love SMART Recovery.  The program just clicked for me from the beginning.  Its psychological approach speaks to me as someone who is pursuing a degree to become an addictions counselor.  The four-point program focuses on the important areas of the recovery process.  1. Enhancing and maintaining motivation to abstain.  2. Coping with urges.  3. Managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors through effective problem-solving.  4. Balancing momentary and enduring satisfactions to achieve lifestyle balance.  Having an array of tools for each […]

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Battling Another Addiction In Recovery

I lost my swagger.  I lost my confidence.  I lost my freedom.  I was so focused on overcoming my addiction to alcohol that I didn’t see my gambling addiction stealing everything that I was working so hard to protect from alcohol.  I was proud of what I had accomplished in overcoming my alcohol addiction.  Most people don’t come back from as bad as I was.  So dependent on alcohol that literally every moment of my life revolved around having a […]

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