Tag: sober

Needle in My Arm

I woke up one day with a needle in my arm. How I got here? I still ask that question. My biggest fear was becoming a junkie with no way out except the escape from the rush of dope. I

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Doing the Next Right Thing

Doing the next right thing is a motto taken from Alcoholics Anonymous. As alcoholics and addicts we have spent a lot of time seldom doing the right thing. Alcoholics and addicts spend much of their time lying. Some of us

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Isolation

Isolation should be avoided if you are an alcoholic. We are told by Alcoholics Anonymous and the therapeutic community that alcoholics shouldn’t be by themselves for long periods of time. It will make us focus too much on ourselves. It

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Making Amends to People We Have Harmed

Making amends to people we have harmed is important to continued sobriety. “Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all” is Step 8 of Alcoholics Anonymous. Many alcoholics think that

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Admitted We Were Powerless Over Alcohol

“We admitted we were powerless over alcohol and our lives had become unmanageable” is the first step of Alcoholics Anonymous. It seems pretty straight forward, but it is the toughest step an alcoholic or addict can take. It doesn’t matter

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Is Sobriety Possible Without AA or NA?

Is sobriety possible without AA or NA? Many people, including myself have stayed sober with out Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. I managed to stay clean and sober on my own for eight years. My father stayed sober for 15

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Gratitude is Essential for Alcoholics and Addicts

Gratitude is essential for alcoholics and addicts in recovery. Here are some things to be grateful for: For being sober. For making well thought out decisions For bad days that make us appreciate the good days. For remembering what we

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Life After Rehab

The day comes when you have to go home. My experience with leaving a rehab is that life immediately tries to bite you in the butt. In rehab, there is a schedule that literally tells you what you need to

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Addiction Relapse

Most people are aware of the meaning of addiction relapse. After having some clean and sober time, the addicted person goes back to the drink or drug. It is frightening for the family of the alcoholic or addict, but I

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Going to AA Meetings

There is still a stigma attached to going to AA meetings, however, I owe every sober breath I take to Alcoholics Anonymous and its principals. It was started in Akron, Ohio by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, in June

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