Howdy and welcome to the Addiction Blog RoundUp for the week. This week we are taking a look at sobriety. I hope you find something helpful.
Over at A Dappled Path, Annie is talking about her struggle to get several days of sobriety under her belt. There are so many things to talk about in this post, I will have to address some of them in a later blog post. The thing that struck me first was the title: “Am I Awake”. I often talk about the fact that if we want things to change in our lives, we cannot continue to sleepwalk. We must be awake and conscious, aware of our thoughts and beliefs so that we can make decisions that support the path we want to be on rather than support the path we want to avoid.
When you stop drinking or using drugs, it is common to experience grief for the life you are giving up. A Woman Without Wine is talking about her grief this week and her awareness that even though she is aware that the life she is grieving no longer served her, she is still sad. How amazing and difficult to acknowledge all of that.
Bea has a fabulous post this week over at Be Sober Bea. She is using the analogy of a “…sober car; jumping in it to make our journey away from Drinksville, heading out to Sobertown.” What a great story to help create a picture in our heads about the journey of getting sober.
I Don’t Want to Read the 12 Promises Damnit
Ahhh…the ongoing discussion about Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). I love Ellie’s post this week at Goodbye Vodka Hello Life discussing how she feels about going to meetings. But what I most love is where she says: “However, I also believe this getting sober isn’t comparable to the terrible ONE SIZE FITS ALL leggings (PS one size never fits all). There are variations of what can work, and I am simply finding My Way.” I agree with her. AA is not the only way to get sober, there are many paths that lead down the same road. I would say that if AA is not for you, the key is to make sure that you are building a sober support system into your life in another way.
A Recovery Hero. The title makes me think of masks and capes and swooping in to save people in distress (I have always been rather fond of Batman ). At Unpickled this week, Jean is actually talking about the hero’s journey and the four distinct parts of the journey. The point of her post is for the reader to put themselves in the journey as it relates to sobriety and write your own story. What a great idea!
That’s all the reading I have for you this week. Have a great weekend!
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