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Category: Real Recovery

Real Recovery is a category that deals with all its aspects. I believe that for everyone in recovery there are almost that many varieties of recovery programs. They can be as unique as the people themselves. This category will also include stories of how people have faced, fought, and won their battle of addiction.

This category will deal with God, spirituality, AA, 12 step work, relapse. Also early sobriety, programs of recovery, different methods of treatment, and dealing with family.  It will deal with the way of thinking that plaques us in addiction versus the way of thinking that brings lasting sobriety. I will share my personal story and my beliefs on what led me to addiction. I will share my triumphs, my struggles, my victories.

I believe we all are in recovery from something. I pray that those posts in this category will spread light where there is darkness. Through our experience, strength, and hope we can recover. Life is fantastic and the promises do come true.

The Present – A Gift That Keeps On Giving

The present is today. Feeling guilt from our past, worrying about our future, keeps us from missing the most important gift we are given and that is the present. The present is today. It is a gift with a guarantee…

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Hamster Wheel

We are on the hamster wheel.

When we have too many apps running on our cell phones our battery dies much quicker. Usually, they are apps that we never even use or know that are open. Our minds our very similar. If we have to many apps going we expend all our energy on things we seldom if ever even use. We run down, needlessly worrying over things that seldom make any difference in our day to day life. We become mind-full instead of mindful. We are on the hamster wheel, wearing ourselves out while going absolutely nowhere.

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Our selfish nature has blinded us to what really matters.

For most of us, what should seem logical becomes our illogical. Our perspective has gotten so shuffled that the things of importance to us actually have little real implication in the present. Our selfish nature has blinded us to what really matters. We must take the steps necessary to put our perspective in proper alignment. In many instances, if we do not, we may be given a extra large dose of humility to get our attention.

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..step out of our selfish desires and clean the clutter from our mind.

First, we have to remove the apps we seldom if ever use. That requires us to step out of our selfish desires and clean the clutter from our mind. Making space so that it can be filled with things that enable us to grow. We no longer need to spend our energy running through scenarios of the college football playoff. Stop trying to script the family conversation on that dreaded holiday get together. Rid your mind of all the thinking and thoughts that we have no real control over. Create space that can be filled with thoughts from a renewed perspective. Then get off the hamster wheel and just be.

But, we must fill the spaces with seeds of positive growth.

Second, we then begin to let renewed spaces of our minds become transformed. If we do not fill those spaces with things that help us to grow, the old rushes right back in. Some of us will turn to the spiritual realm to fill those spaces. Others, will turn to the physical with fitness and nutrition. There are those of us who will turn to professional counseling. We may choose to join support groups. Yet still we will find the change of perspective will also open our eyes to the precious gift of time. A gift we will begin to invest in family and relationships. But, we must fill the spaces with seeds of positive growth.

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What clutter can you clean from your mind so that you can become more mindful instead of mind-full.

Once we have gotten off the hamster wheel and transformed spaces in our mind we are then ready to move to the next phase. Learning to let go of control, practice acceptance, and take care of what we control in the present, one day at a time. To get ready for the next phase let us take a look on what exactly our mind is full of. My challenge to you is to look at what you can clean out from your mind to make space for growth. Is it taking time away from the big game to spend with your kids? Is it putting down your phone at a certain hour, giving up social media for a bit? What clutter can you clean from your mind so that you can become more mindful instead of mind-full.

 

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In The Midst Of Mountains-Before And After

The mountains before recovery had brought me the ability to appreciate the mountains after recovery. I have recently returned from a vacation in the midst of mountains. Exploring the beauty of the Rockies in Colorado. Surrounded each day by the…

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Freedom From The Red, White, and Booze

A day of just simple freedom The fourth of July always meant two things, fireworks and fermented beverages. I looked forward to most holidays because it was accepted to drink to excess. The fourth of July was one of my…

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