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I went to an AA meeting one time for a friend's recovery birthday. At that same meeting were a couple of other folks who were celebrating recovery birthdays of their own.
We want to be sensitive to areas in our lives that need our attention and then take appropriate action. Many of our concerns end up either being created by our own actions initially.
How is it that some people stay clean and sober for so long; even a lifetime? And, if those people have had a relapse, how do they bounce back?
Not everyone who uses substances or has used substances becomes addicted. You may be a bit surprised by the percentage of people who began using a substance and became addicted to that substance.
Some folks actually enjoy getting that angry. For them, it's almost like getting high. Or, it feels good because of the control of the environment that occurs.
Living life on life's terms is full of emotions and thoughts. One of the most difficult to address is doubt. What are some symptoms of "self doubt"?
Stay focused. Anything that gets in the way of your recovery life is in the way. Remove it, or side step it and keep moving
Recovery comes from hope or the belief that recovery is possible. This is essential for building motivation and the ongoing desire to make any kind of progress.
This addiction leads us to all kinds of choices regarding food. We become partial to certain tastes.
It appears the majority of people in a recovery program right now are not there because they chose to address the addiction via a structured program. They are in a program because...
My belief is that delaying gratification is not the most effective way to address addictions. In fact, the reason it feels so unnatural to delay gratification...
For recovery to be successful, it must be active. It begins with preparation, and not with a halfhearted attempt to comply with the wishes of others in your life.
What ever the addiction is, whether to a substance or a behavior, the addiction comes first, before family, friends, children, work, health, God, values, etc. Everything in life takes a back seat.
Our egos are fragile when we spend so much time focused on them. Instead of our ego, focusing on our character would be a much more healthy and helpful strategy.
I've often wondered, what are people really saying when they say let's keep it real. I'd like to offer some ideas regarding how to really keep things real.