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Jeremiah Gardner of Hazelden Betty Ford and Daniel D. Maurer (formerly of Williston, ND now in Saint Paul, MN) share their perspective that life after recovery, after quitting drinking and drugging, doesn't stink. In fact, life is just beginning.

LINK HERE: http://bit.ly/life_after_recovery

 

You like this one. Enjoy!

Dan the Story Man

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I'm sure that many of you can relate to coincidences like when you learn about a new word, you find that you hear it more, but when in reality it's just something new that has come into your awareness, it was really there all along.  This is of course something that happens to me often, but has certainly been my experience since I have been writing this blog, as it is now always in my awareness to look for opportunities for what to discuss next and they just keep popping into my life!

Working in the addiction field, and the job I have in particular, keeps me very focused but also very isolated.  Working in addiction also creates a sort of bubble, being that my clients are all trying to get out of their active addiction, my co-workers are all in recovery, and the doctors are addictionologists.  I had been in California for four or five years and didn’t realize that I was protecting myself in a way, by not branching out of my comfort zone.  So it wasn’t until about two years ago, that I started to go out to new places and interact with new people that have never struggled with an addiction.  (People that experience temporary stress instead of chronic anxiety are still a wonder to me!)

The benefit, however, of the bubble realization was that all of that prep work that I had been doing (working with a sponsor, doing the steps, going to multiple types of therapy to figure out the core issues as to why I was using inhalants, then working on those core issues) was in preparation for returning to the real world and all its challenges and this time having a more positive impact, on myself and on those around me, and it was time to use them!  The tools I have learned (especially emotional regulation, coping skills, and trigger identification) and the resources I have developed have been crucial in my relapse prevention, because life sure does throw me some curveballs and when I did come out of hiding, I found that some of my wreckage from my past was still there waiting for me.  I am definitely grateful that I was given the opportunity to have a second chance, to get to be the same person, but a better version.  By doing the footwork, it allows me to look at the same situations but have different reactions and therefore different outcomes than I would have in the past.

I feel that in order to be effective in communicating with people who are also struggling and/or looking for solutions or education, I need to write about things that truly affect me emotionally, because if what I'm writing doesn't induce some sort of feelings for me, how could it in someone else?  So full disclosure in the hopes that someone can relate and hopefully allowing me to be of service.

The reason that the ability to have different reactions that produce different and better outcomes is on my mind is due to some events that occurred in my week.  I felt discouraged this week for two reasons, and I feel like they have happened while I have volunteered to write this blog for a reason.  I am a person that falls victim to a certain type of mental trap, where your brain immediately jumps into negative thinking or disaster mode when you hear certain things that are not ideal.  In the treatment facilities I work with, we refer to it as addict brain.

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Posted by on in Alcoholism

In recovery, we go through the steps with our sponsor.  However, the steps also must be worked in our daily lives.  As the Twelfth Step of Alcoholics Anonymous suggests, we must practice these principles in all our affairs.

86Surrender

The principle of surrender that is behind the Third Step must be practiced throughout our daily lives. As we discussed in Step Three: Surrender and the Three Jewels, surrender is about turning ourselves over to a power other than ourselves, whatever that may be. However, step three is not just about making a decision and leaving it at that.

We must turn our surrender into a way of life. If we are being honest, most of us are not in surrender for the majority of our days. Anytime we are upset, anxious, or not in acceptance, we are not in surrender. To be in surrender, we must constantly remind ourselves that something else is in charge. Earl Hightower gives the example of a soldier surrendering to an opposing army. The soldier lays his gun down and puts his hands up. The soldier is fully surrendered at this point; he doesn't suddenly turn and pick up his gun again. In a similar way, we must fully surrender.

It is only natural that we are not in surrender all the time. However, when we aren't in surrender we must catch ourselves. As the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous reminds us on pages 87 and 88, "As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day 'Thy will be done.' "

Surrendering means to let go of our self-will, and let something greater direct our thoughts and actions. As we have discussed, what this power is does not matter. What does matter is that we cease fighting anything and anyone. We surrender to the way things are, and opt to learn from life. Some people believe everything happens for a reason, while others believe everything is chance but we always have the opportunity to learn. Either way, surrender is about staying out of our own way, learning to live in harmony with life, and cease trying to control things.

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