- Focus was on US, not alcohol.
- The presence of being there fully was amazing. Being sober gave me the ability to feel it all
- Made it clear from the start that there would be no alcohol served at my wedding but mocktails made guests feel at ease about it being a dry wedding
- Being sober allowed me to be GRATEFUL for everything I have, especially on my wedding day
Here is my podcast series, I hope you enjoy and come back every Tuesday for new content.
- Whether you share your experience or not is up to you. Everyone is different!
- You don’t owe it to anyone to share your story, but for some people in recovery it helps (both you and others)
- Addiction often brings shame along with it and sometimes that shame carries over into sobriety. Whether you share your disease of addiction or not, you should be extremely proud of your accomplishment in being sober.
- I share my story in the hopes that it will reduce the stigma associated with addiction; however, it’s not for everyone and that’s fine too!
Once you realize that drinking is causing problems in your life and you want to make a change, it can be challenging… especially around the holidays. Thanksgiving marks the beginning of an intense (but fun) festive season. So many people are out and about getting everything ready for their big celebrations, running around and making lists! Sometimes we forget that the most important thing to prepare for is your mental health!
- If you want to succeed, don’t bite off more than you can chew.
- Taking a new direction in life will allow you to see the world (and yourself!) in a different light.
- Yes, change is hard but it IS possible if you take it one step at a time
Merriam Webster's definition of shame, a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety.
With over a decade of sobriety when dealing with some situations the shame creeps back in...still have work to do ;-)
“The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.” – Mark Twain
- Don’t let yourself limit your potential
- It takes time to learn to love yourself; don’t rush it!
- Sobriety can provide clarity. Shut down your inner critic and take time to celebrate your accomplishments
- You ARE good enough
- Arm your children with a sense of self
- If you’re comfortable, share your experiences so that your children can learn from your past
- I encourage my kids to tell me everything, even when I don’t want to hear it
- Offer support when they need it and reserve judgement
- There’s no guidebook on how to help your child suffering from substance abuse disorder
- Parents can manifest symptoms of addiction by worrying about their child struggling with addiction. They need to seek help too!
- Don’t be too hard on yourself or concern yourself with “what ifs” – we do the best we can with the hand we were dealt
- “As long as there’s life, there’s hope.” Don’t give up on your child, or yourself.
- First-hand account of dealing with a hurricane during sobriety
- If we can’t get to a meeting, what do we do?
- Fill your time with hobbies that don’t involve substances (read, play games, pray, etc.)
- My prayers are with everyone affected by Harvey and Irma!
- Being present for your children’s life is the greatest gift (for you AND your child)
- Don’t wish the days away – even the tough ones. Enjoy the journey and live in today!
- Sobriety allows for self-awareness and gives us the ability to embrace change
Today’s podcast is about a National Geographic article about addiction (find the link below)
· 21 million Americans have a drug or alcohol addiction
· There are new forms of treatment
· Researchers and scientists are working on solutions
- Children of addicts may be pre-disposed to the disease
- How do you inform your child of the risks without scaring them or convincing them they carry the gene when they don’t?
- Are there lines they shouldn’t cross, knowing their family history?
- Walk into your addiction and confront it straight on in order to get to the other side
- Take the steps toward changing one day at a time
- Only YOU can change you
- Recovery is scary, but you can do it!
11 Year’s Sober: Reflecting on my first 100 days
- There’s no one road to recovery and everyone is different, but using the 12 Step Process worked for me!
- How can I focus on each day, without worrying about the next?
- Challenges of being a parent with addiction and how sobriety has allowed me to be present
Thank you, Lamar Odom, for sharing your story with the world. We all experience our own level of trauma in our lives... it's how you deal with it that matters.
- Have an escape plan in place
- Bring your own non-alcoholic drink
- Disregard judgement
- Take it one social event (and day) at a time
- Most importantly – learn to love yourself and realize you don’t need a drink to have a good time
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.
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