Emphasizing the Joy of Sobriety

Emphasizing the Joy of Sobriety

I stopped drinking almost 20 years ago, and I sometimes think that my real life began on that day in 1991. Getting sober was one of the best things I ever did, and, strangely, one of the most liberating. Drinking was one of the worst things I did, and I did it continuously and abusively from the age of 18 into my late 40s… I once thought that life couldn’t be fully experienced without alcohol: but the truth is the opposite – life can be more fully experienced without alcohol.

Three Ways to Remain in Gratitude

Three Ways to Remain in Gratitude

Gratitude is thrown around a lot in recovery. You hear the hard-core sober men and women say: “Get off your pity-pot and get in gratitude.” You hear gratitude is a necessary component of sobriety,” and “Write a gratitude list when you get in your head.” Why does everyone talk about gratitude so often? Because gratitude is scientifically proven to take the focus away from your struggles, shortcomings, and misfortunes, and redirect it to the goodness in your life.

Flexing Our Gratitude Muscle

Flexing Our Gratitude Muscle

In active addiction, I had no clue what enough was, so noticing quiet contentment takes practice. To savor moments of connection, beauty and inner peace—such as laughter before a meeting, a hug or word of care afterwards, or someone honestly telling her story—is the joy of lifelong recovery. Gratitude makes a difference because it shows me the subtle changes that occur over the months and years of recovery.

Viewing Addiction through a Spiritual Lens

Viewing Addiction through a Spiritual Lens

Spirituality can be defined in numerous ways but it largely refers to a belief in a power governing the universe that is greater than oneself, the sense of interconnectedness with all living beings, and the quest for self-knowledge, meaning, and purpose in one’s life… A regular spiritual practice allows us to find meaning and purpose in our lives … and can be a powerful tool in recovery from any condition.

The Subtle Allure of Legalized Substances

The Subtle Allure of Legalized Substances

For people in recovery, the line between “sober” and “not sober” is typically clearly defined. Alcohol and illegal drugs are a definite no. But along the way, many of us have been faced with decisions regarding more subtle dangers such as cough syrup, cooking wine, and pain medication, to name a few. Our guest post today discusses the potential challenges engendered by the proliferation of cannabis products as they become legalized in more and more areas.

Believing in a Higher Power and Praying – from an Agnostic

Believing in a Higher Power and Praying – from an Agnostic

Today, I truly believe that there is a Higher Power that cares for all of us. I still do not believe in socialized religion but that’s ok. I have admired many Christian prayers and I have been able to rely on many Buddhist teachings… I have actually been able to feel the guiding power in my life and in times of need it was always there to protect me and steer me in the right direction…

Staying Sober with Prayer

Staying Sober with Prayer

The 12-step approach to spirituality long ago proved its benefits. What’s new is that science is backing spirituality as a recovery tool—and not just the 12-step version but also a wide range of practices, including prayer itself… research [has] found that people who pray more drink less… Surrendering to a Higher Power (HP) is, in the 12-step model, essential to recovery. And there is growing scientific support for this belief…