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Recovering from addiction can be difficult, and it may even feel impossible at times, but it is possible and it is worth it. Here are 5 tips that can help you be successful on your road to recovery.

1) Invest in Positive Relationships

Surround yourself with positive and supportive people. Whether this includes family, friends, or strangers you meet at support groups, there are people out there that want to help you and will be there for you at a moment's notice. Now is a great time to find a sponsor who will help you stay on track. You may need to end friendships with people who enable your addiction and are a bad influence on you, but changing your environment is the first step to changing your life.

2) Focus on the Now

Take it one day at a time. You will have good days and bad days, and you will need to take them all in stride. It is easy to get complacent when things are going great, and it is especially easy to give up when things are really difficult. Remember that it is about the journey, and the most important thing is not giving in today. You can worry about tomorrow when it gets here.

3) Put Your Needs First

It is very important that you make your recovery top priority in your life. Do whatever it takes to be successful, whether that means checking yourself into a facility, attending support groups, or taking time off from certain activities that are stressful for you. Put yourself first so that you can be there to help others later.

4) Take Care of Yourself

Something simple you can do that will make a huge difference is take care of your body. Eat a healthy diet and find time to exercise every day. You will not only become stronger physically but mentally as well.

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Posted by on in Alcoholism

The fact that you are reading this post right now means that you are ready to get rid of your alcohol addiction.  Yes, you are more than prepared to fight your inner demons and overcome your dependence on alcohol.  I know that this is difficult and will take a lot of effort.  But trust me when I say that all the hardships are worth it in the end. 

This post is for all of you who want to change your life by quitting alcohol for good.

Prove your inner demons that they are wrong.  Do anything that you can just to conquer your alcohol addiction.  Here are quick tips to help you:

  1. Keep fit.  Set your mind to always go for the healthier options.  Go for healthy and balanced meals instead of junk food.  Take sufficient amount of sleep and hydrate yourself with lots of water.  Let off steam and release stress by exercising.  Keep your cool to avoid mood swings.  Remember that relapse most likely occurs when people are stressed.
  2. Change your environment.  Effectively deal with stress by avoiding places or people that remind you of drinking.  Widen your social circle.  Get to know other people and find new hobbies that will make you happy.  Doing all this will help you counter the stressors while making you feel good about yourself.  Joining support groups is one good suggestion.        
  3. Take note of your triggers.  This is in connection to tip number 2.  Sometimes, people, places, or events make you want to go back to your old ways – probably because of muscle memory or routines already established.  Know your triggers and take note of them if you must.  However, there are situations when you are surrounded by booze and drinks.  Just distract yourself and you will manage.
  4. Talk it out.  Two heads are better than one so it is better if you talk to someone if your problems are bothering you.  Talk instead of heading to a bar to drink your problems away.  Your trusted advisors will always offer you a sympathetic ear and a shoulder to cry on if you need one.  You can even talk to professionals who deal with this kind of problem every day.    
  5. Stay true to your goals.  If you really want to change your life for the better, commit yourself to this seemingly impossible task. I know that you are aware that this big change will not take effect overnight so you need to put in your 100% in this.  Set goals that are realistic so you can follow through them.        
  6. Try different approaches.  Sure, there are many trends when it comes to alcohol addiction recovery so try one that’s credible.  There are e-books, CDs, books, sessions, or food supplements (like WillpowerX) available that can help you reach your goal of getting rid of your alcohol addiction.  There’s no harm in trying, right?

I know it is hard to finally let go and get rid of your alcohol addiction especially if it is something that you are used to.  All you need to do is try your hardest because your life depends on this.  There are many others like you who are suffering from this kind of problem too so you are not alone in this.  There are many who are more than willing to help and I am one of them.

 

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Posted by on in Alcoholism

The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous states in the second Appendix, "The terms “spiritual experience” and “spiritual awakening” are used many times in this book which, upon careful reading, shows that the personality change sufficient to bring about recovery from alcoholism has manifested itself among us in many different forms... Most of our experiences are what the psychologist William James calls the “educational variety” because they develop slowly over a period of time."

Although many members do have a white-light experience, this is not the case for most of us.  Even those of us who have moments of clarity often have our spiritual experiences occur over a more extended period of time.  When we first begin hearing about spiritual experiences, moments of clarity, and conscious contact with a Higher Power, we may be turned off by this misunderstanding.  Although this is just a misunderstanding; the truth is that these educational spiritual experiences are far more common, and just as helpful.

My spiritual experience has come in many waves over quite a long time.  Although I most certainly had a moment of clarity where I decided I want to be sober, it wasn't until I was about 30 days sober that I realized the change that was taking place.  Over the first year of my sobriety, I experienced my spiritual awakening from following the suggestions I was given.  Around two years sober, when I went to jail, I had more of a white-light experience.  Although it was not any single moment, the 30 days in jail led to a spiritual experience unlike any I had experienced up until that point.

When we use the phrase spiritual experience, we mean this personality change sufficient to bring about recovery from alcoholism.  The book discusses a physical craving, mental obsession, and spiritual malady.  If we do not drink, we do not have any physical craving.  As far as the mental obsession we experience, the only way to treat this is by examining our spiritual malady.  When we treat this spiritual malady, our mental obsession dwindles down.  This treating of the spiritual malady is the essence of a spiritual experience.

 

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