Tag Archives: substance abuse

“Sponsorship?”

“Sponsorship?” If it was suggested for you to attend meetings after you leave treatment, you will obviously have questions, if you have never attended 12 step meetings before. One of the things you will hear about is getting a sponsor. What is a sponsor? A sponsor is someone in the program who is active, has experience, and some length of time living clean and sober. This person will be available to help you through the pitfalls and challenges that come from living life on life’s terms without having to drink or use over it. A sponsor will also have experience…

“Physical Pain in Recovery”

Before I type another word, let me first say that I claim amateur status. I am not a doctor or healer of any kind. But I have chronic pain and have had it all of the 31 years I’ve been clean and sober. Have had more medical procedures than I’d like to count. Though physical pain thresholds are different for different people, pain is painful! Some have a high tolerance for pain, some much lower. Pain is very hard to quantify. After saying all that, it is still possible that my experience may have some value somewhere for someone dealing…

“Cravings!”

“Cravings!” Often times in early recovery, and sometimes beyond, you may experience cravings. And it doesn’t matter what your “drug of choice” was, the cravings will be similar and you will feel the desire to pursue them. I am about one month out of treatment and staying clean and sober, but lately I’ve been feeling the urge to get high. How do I deal with these cravings? It is not unusual to have this occur, especially if not very long out of treatment. In fact cravings are a byproduct of whatever you drink, shoot, snort, swallow, or smoke. Your body…

“Marijuana is now legal?!”

“Marijuana is now legal?!” Recreational marijuana use is now legal in California as well as eight other states. There are several other states that have approved use of marijuana for medical issues. I am clean and sober for over a year now and pot was never a problem for me. I often have problems sleeping and someone told me I could get a prescription for pot that would help with my sleep trouble. Why would that jeopardize my recovery? Sleep problems are common for many in recovery and even those who have never had an issue with drugs or alcohol.…

“Going back to School in Sobriety”

“Going back to School in Sobriety” Of course, in order to go back to school, you would need to have gone there in the first place, right? So I never really followed through with the staying in school part. Because of that I had to start at the high school level of courses, to begin with, but eventually received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science-with a minor in math. (the minor in math is the funny part. I was always terrible at math. Today, not so much). I was nearing sixty years old when I graduated. So time/age is…

“How to get Through the Holidays Clean and Sober”

“How to get Through the Holidays Clean and Sober” For recovering alcoholics and addicts, the holidays can be a rough time. Especially in early recovery when you can be more vulnerable to going out. This time of year has been called the Bermuda triangle for clean and sober people. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve can be dangerous times for newcomers, or anyone for that matter. Lots of stress and expectations. Party, party, party! I do not have any family around and don’t know that many people in recovery. Should I just hide out at home on the holidays? I…

Twelve Step Meetings

Twelve Step Meetings At this point there is a smaller and smaller portion of our population that have not heard of “recovery or twelve meetings”. Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for alcoholics, Narcotics anonymous meetings for addicts, CA for cocaine addicts, GA for gamblers, OA, ACA, and on and on. Also Al-anon for family members and others who love an alcoholic, and Nar-anon for those with drug addicts in their lives. If you have an obsession with something or even someone, there is a program and fellowship for you. It has been suggested that I go to some meetings. Why? What do…

“The Kid with a Kid Goes to College”

The Kid with a Kid Goes to College As I mentioned in a previous blog, I became a single parent in my 40s. I would have to say it was the hardest and loneliest thing I’ve ever done. My daughter was ten when she moved in with me and we really didn’t know each other very well. Her mother and I split up when she was three. There was a long road of work ahead for us. But I am grateful for it now. While attempting to raise a child with all the limit setting and rite of passage a…

“Life on Life’s Terms”

Life on Life’s Terms On my 60th day sober I awoke completely paralyzed on the left side of my body. And I mean completely. I had no idea what had happened but my first thought was ; “Now what?” I could not wiggle a toe or finger. My left side was dead. Know what I did. I took forever to get dressed with one hand, but did it. I’ve heard it said over the years that; “even if your ass falls off, pick it up and bringing it to the meeting”. Well I took my right hand and was able…

A little ditty on the “Big Book”, Alcoholics Anonymous (To Employers).

A little ditty on the “Big Book”, Alcoholics Anonymous (To Employers). Did Bill W also write this chapter as he did all the others? Interestingly enough, this is the one chapter Bill did not write. Although there is some disagreement about details. Hank P was the first alcoholic, after Bill, to sober up at Towns Hospital in New York and became the second AA member in the New York area. Hank wrote Chapter 10. He was a business man who had held positions in some large corporations. He also helped Bill to get the book published. Hank had much experience…