Exhaustion is a state of being that most moms understand all too well, even if they are not dealing with addiction or recovery therefrom. We have been conditioned to believe that we need to be able to be and do everything…work, raise children, keep a neat and tidy house, be involved in the children’s schoolwork and extracurricular activities and be a seductress in the bedroom. Wonder Woman incarnate. We get tired just thinking about it. Exhaustion affects us physically, mentally and emotionally. And we always seem to put ourselves last.
We’ve all heard the term “dry drunk,” and we’ve come to understand the difference between being dry and being sober. Sobriety is more than not drinking; it is about living fully and living consciously.
Today’s article, re-posted from New Life House, discusses five ways addiction may manifest itself when we are sober. And how important it is to work a Spiritual Program.
When I was in the first few, tender weeks of my sobriety, I distracted myself as much as I could. I went to countless meetings, walked the downtown streets, read, had coffee with folks and watched cheesy 70’s martial arts films. I ate cookies by the boxful. I did whatever I could to get away from my racing thoughts. I was unsure what to do with myself since letting go of the bottle. I knew I wasn’t alone, feeling so raw and unsure of what to do. I had heard others half-jokingly contemplate going back to drinking so at least they were doing something.
It’s funny that I am about to write a post on gratitude, and, if I’m keeping things real, I am feeling anything but in the current moment. I dropped a weight on my finger during this morning’s workout. At the time, I was grateful it wasn’t my writing hand; now I am realizing in this day and age I need all 10 fingers to write. An extremely frustrating customer service call five minutes ago plays in my head, with no obvious solution on the horizon.
Drugs and alcohol deliver nothing but heartbreak and broken promises. During your active addiction, substances become your higher power, guiding force, and reason for living. When you finally make the commitment towards recovery, you wonder if you will ever experience true happiness. Fortunately, sobriety actually delivers on the promises that drugs and alcohol fail to make. In this article, we will break down the 8 important things that sobriety promises you in your life of recovery.
Drinking dreams enveloped me the past two nights. In both dreams, my drinking was conscious; I was fully aware. Weird that in the first dream I clearly decided not only to drink, but to lie to my sponsor about it. By the second dream, I’d decided to chuck my sobriety out the window all together.
If, like me, you grew up with a hyper-reactive nervous system that constantly made you feel overwhelmed, alienated and unlovable, finding a substance that eases social stress becomes a blessed escape. For me, heroin provided a sense of comfort, safety and love that I couldn’t get from other people . . .
People talk so much spiritual stuff these days, but what does it all really mean?
Have you noticed that Humans talk so much, without actually knowing what they are talking about, -or explaining any of it? Or they over explaining everything, making us just feel more confused?