Friday, April 20, 2012

Calling all Recoveries… :/

I want you! Yes you! To write a story for me!

I would like to get stories from all in recovery who would like to share and are comfortable sharing it on this blog!

Also, anyone with questions that they would like answered pertaining to addiction and recovery!

Just e-mail your stories or question to me! Little ole me!

I will try to answer all that I can and if I can’t I have connections hee hee :D

I hope everyone had a great week! And enjoy this beautiful weekend!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Gifts of Recovery

By: Josh

     One gift of a life in recovery, is that I can now choose to "start fresh" at any given moment of my day.  If my morning isn't going well, I don't have to let it ruin the whole day.  At any point, the past is done; over with and unchangeable.  Even 10 seconds ago! 

     Staying aware of this newly found reality, can allow me to avoid my old habits of the F-its and staying in my funks; which slowly keep getting worse the longer I'm in them.  I have to live for today, and right now.  

     I can look into my past as a means to learn how to change my future and not repeat mistakes; or as a way to look at my "negative" behaviors/actions.  This does not give myself a license to look at my past and dwell on it and fill myself with regret, shame and guilt.  I can also glance into my past as a means to see what has worked well for me in the past in situations.  This can become especially important in my new life of recovery; going back to what's helped keep me clean, and face life in positive/productive ways. 

     These kinds of reflections are a great tool to help keep me motivated in my recovery and to continue pursuing more that recovery has to offer me.  I need to stay open-minded and teachable; constantly doing my best to keep learning and putting into practice new ways of living.  I just find what works, and leave the rest.  It's really that simple, and this is a simple program. (Addicts just have a knack for complicating simple things, lol) 

     I've found, for me; that giving my will and my life to my God/Higher Power and continually seeking a stronger/closer relationship is what works for me. This is what the program suggests, and I can tell you it's working for me in my life.  When I let go (of everything: the past, control, my will) my Higher Power can guide me to live TODAY, and stay clean for another 24 hours.