Recovering can be an overwhelming process. Whether you're just starting out or are in long term recovery, it's important to set boundaries. Whether they're boundaries you set for yourself, boundaries you set for others, or even boundaries your family sets for you, use them as guidelines to help you through your recovery.
Here is my podcast series, I hope you enjoy and come back every Tuesday for new content.
One Day at a Time
- Importance in taking recovery one day at a time – why does it matter?
- What happens if you slip up and relapse? What can you do to get back on the path to recovery?
- Celebrate your milestones – you’ve earned it!
Regaining strength and reputation after battling addiction
- How to feel confident about yourself again without a drink in your hand
- Tips to help build confidence after becoming sober
- Creating a new social norm for yourself
Whether you’re sober a month or 17 years, it can be challenging to step out and attend events like a concert or wedding. That being said, it IS possible and there ARE tools in place to help you enjoy your time while maintaining sobriety!
- Seek support prior to the event to boost confidence and reassure you of your strength
- Bring a friend who’s also sober (even if it’s just for the occasion)
- Drive yourself so you have an easy exit should the event become too much
- Have your phone on you at all times to phone a friend if you feel you need additional support
How to maintain sobriety in the summer months
- July 4th is around the corner
- How do you stay strong at parties where alcohol may be the focus?
- Bizzies Fizzies/Thirsty Thursday offer non-alcoholic solutions to beverage choices
- Tips for throwing a party that has attendees who drink and don’t drink
How to deal with stress from work when sober
- It’s easier to stay sober when life is good, but what do you do when the going gets tough?
- 3 alternatives to stress relief that does not involve alcohol or drugs
When I was in my addiction I thought I wasn't selfish.... I was wrong!
What to do if you think your loved one is struggling with addiction
- Very touchy subject due to stigma and shame
- Is there a right way to approach it? How would you suggest getting a loved one help?
- If a loved one relapses, remind yourself they didn’t do it intentionally – it’s the disease
A conversation with a friend about Fear!
Fear is debilitating! It is a feeling that makes us do things that we may not do under any other circumstances.
Please listen and see if our talk can help.
One of the main triggers to people drinking is resentment, resentment towards people, places, institutions to name a few. Today’s podcast is about how to handle resentments. Bizzy and a friend have a candid discussion about dealing with resentments. I have included the definition of resentment.
bitter indignation at having been treated unfairly. "his resentment at being demoted"
Hadley just finished her freshman year at the College of Charleston and her friend Jill just finished her freshman year at Temple University. I spent a little time talking about what is it like being away at college and how drinking affects them .
What is the drinking on campus/college culture?
What’s it like having a parent in recovery? Has it opened her eyes to others with addiction? Has it made her more aware of her own social behavior? Does she feel there is a stigma associated with having a parent that is a current or recovering addict? How has it changed her outlook on life (i.e. I can do anything I set my mind to, I am more understanding and empathetic towards others, I am so lucky to have a sober/present parent, etc)
- Recovery takes time, so it’s important to reassure yourself along the way of why you started in the first place.
- List and explain some affirmations you live by. (i.e. I love myself, I am not alone, I can and I will, I am worthy of great things, I am worthy of happiness, I am getting a little better each day, etc.)
- Meditation/yoga/mindfulness help.... when you are ready! You can set aside a bit of time every day and repeat if you find this tool helpful.
I want to personally thank Mark Zuckerberg and Ryan Hampton for bringing addiction to the forefront with their open and honest conversations.
Check out Ryan’s Huffington Post article elaborating on the importance of Mark’s action.
This quote really sheds light on the magnitude of our forward momentum in confronting addiction in America:“Mark definitely understands the gravity of the addiction crisis. You could see it in his eyes. He has a tremendous reach. By using his platform and resources to change the national conversation around addiction, he could save millions of lives.”
Quitting is hard work – it’s hard to change your lifestyle.
o The Mental challenge!
o It is a daunting thought....living the rest of your life sober!
o Find new interests is important!!!! Ideas– yoga, running, meditation, hiking, knitting, etc.
o Best bet is living....One day at a time
How to avoid relapse. I was quoted in US News and World Report,
More advice on how to avoid relapse and what to do if it occurs...
Have a Support system
Go to 12-step Meetings
HALT- Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired
Surround yourself with motivational/non judgemental friends that are aware of your battle with addiction
Ask for help when needed
Some of my experiences during my journey to sobriety.
It is important to find alternatives to cocktails. How being sober has affected my social life? Key tips on socializing sober at a function where guests are consuming alcohol?
Check out my Facebook page at Elizabeth Levis Chance or Busy Living Sober. Or if you don't have Facebook on my website at www.busylivingsober.com and you can subscribe to my YouTube Channel Busy Living Sober.
How to overcome the shame of addiction?
How to we remove the stigma from addiction?
#sobernotashamed -- what does this mean to you?
There are so many things to do in life that don't involve alcohol. Find out what you like and go out and enjoy! Life is filled with so many things, don't let alcohol get in your way of living!