Paying It Forward in Recovery: Where is Your Passion?

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Being a blogger for Sober Nation is such a gift and a realization of a dream. Ever since I was a sawed-off half pint with skinned knees I have had two dreams: being a musician and being able to write what comes from my soul and have people respond to what I write.

Well, I may not be headlining Madison Square Garden, and I may not be sitting in a pressed suit across from Oprah throwing down my promo game for my new bestseller, but that don’t matter–I am living my dream.

I get to play bass and be a weekend rock star on stages throughout the Upper Midwest, and I get to make […]

Relationships in Recovery: How To Get It Right

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I don’t know about you, but when I was first in recovery it felt like I had to learn to live all over again. While my physical body was fine (well, operational after the years of abuse I put it through), I was a wreck on the inside.

Like an infant sitting in a high chair, I received my daily emotional and spiritual nourishment and spit it up all over the place. Addiction may not totally rob you of the ability to think, act and feel, but it sure crosses the wires and makes your social life awkward and new.

There are many many lessons to learn in living substance-free, and rebuilding relationships in recovery […]

From Worthless to Worthy – A Journey Through Step 2

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Programs like AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and CR (Celebrate Recovery) are designed to help people get sober and stay sober. One of the beginning steps to recovery is to believe in a greater power. In AA step two states that we “came to believe a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” In CR step two reads “Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to him, and that he has the power to help me recover.” There are 12 steps and none can be skipped or given mediocre attention or else the programs don’t work. So, believing in God is essential to recovery. How does one go from using to escape […]

What Do Drugs And Sugar Have In Common?? [Podcast]

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Everyone has been there…

Maybe you haven’t touched a drug in some time, yet that feeling consumes you. That obsession kicks in and takes over.

Suddenly it’s all you can think about. You drive to your closest gas station and you indulge yourself in the beautiful escape.

If you haven’t caught on by now, I am talking about sugar. Since I have gotten clean and sober, without a doubt my biggest vice remains to be chocolate. I just can’t help myself. If you put a bag of Hershey Kisses in front of me, I will eat the entire thing.

RELATED: Is Sugar In Sobriety A Friend Or A Foe?

Science has proven that […]

7 Essential Life Lessons You Need To Learn In Recovery

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I am twelve years into my recovery, and while I am happy with the person I have become I know I have a long way to go and am far from perfect. Like everyone else that lives and breathes on this planet Earth, I have my moments where I seem to free fall into anxiety, doubt, confusion and anger.

Within those moments I can become one emotional and psychological hot mess. I get so focused on the rawness of the present I lose my bearings. I can become adrift in the storm. For a person in recovery, living on your nerves can be a no man’s land if you stay there too long and

This Mom Is Losing Her Son To Heroin. The Letter She Writes Is Gut Wrenching

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Dear Heroin User,

I am the mother of a heroin user.

I’ve never had a broken heart like this.

I can barely believe I am typing those words. I could never have imagined life would be like this. I would like for you to read this letter to my son To My Son I don’t understand why you feel you need to use drugs.

Your life isn’t that bad, your past wasn’t that bad…your life is everybody’s story and yours isn’t that bad. So why? I’m told you have a Disease. I try to understand your Disease…I study it on the internet, talk with other people about it including recovered addicts and counselors. […]

5 Signs That You May Have A Drinking Problem

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Whether we like to admit it or not, social drinking is the fabric that makes up a lot of our social lives. Whether it is happy hour, tailgating, dinner parties or the backyard barbecue, chances are that beer, liquor and wine flows as freely as laughter and casual conversation.

Over half of the American population drinks on a regular basis, and there is probably a good percentage of those who drink on a daily basis. If you drink on a daily basis, does that mean that you have a problem with alcohol? Not necessarily. You may have a drink after dinner every night, or you may meet your friends out for cocktails and never experience […]

6 Tips For Dealing With Pain In While In Recovery

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Life hurts… that’s just the truth.

One of the downsides of being a human, is that you stand upright. This naturally can cause a lot of pain for people. In fact, back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide. Everyone has aches and pains in life, which is something we all have to deal with.

However, for those of us in recovery, our options for dealing with this pain are somewhat limited. Some people who are in severe pain still depend on narcotic painkillers, which needs to be balanced carefully and managed between the individual and their doctor. If it all possible, I suggest staying away […]

What Happens To You When You Get Drunk??

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No matter how you slice it, when you abuse alcohol you have to face the inevitable backlash that your body and mind will unleash.

We know what can happen; hangovers, bad behavior and the negative consequences that come with that behavior and not to mention the potential for serious health issues down the road. How can a genre of beverage such as alcohol have the potential to cause such harm?

What happens to you when you get drunk?

Through the wonders of science, we have the answers.

This is Your Body on Alcohol

When you get drunk on alcohol, it travels from the esophagus down your stomach and then to the small intestine. Once it […]

Can Online Addiction Treatment Work? – Dr. Stanton Peele Says It Can

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Online addiction treatment is becoming an increasingly popular choice seeking anonymous treatment programs they can do from the privacy of their own home.

In an age when people conduct their daily lives at the click of a button, from banking to dating, ordering food to booking a holiday, it is little wonder this should also include recovery programs for addiction.

But the big question remains, is online addiction assistance effective?

Of course many doubt the value of Internet programs, but their reach is unparalleled and evidence suggests they can work.

The Life Process Program, developed by renowned addiction expert Dr. Stanton Peele, is one such example of online addiction treatment.

Developed as an alternative option to standard treatments such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Dr. […]

Recovery Alcoholic Runs Across America To Turn His Life Around

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“Before I reached the Brooklyn Bridge I took a small detour past Ground Zero…Freedom Tower was almost complete and there was a feeling of hope, of renewal and recovery.”

When Tom Fitzsimons reached Coney Island and stared out across the Atlantic Ocean he understandably expected to feel a sense of elation. He had after all spent the previous 100 days running 3,073 miles across America, from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge to the iconic Long Island amusement park.

The epic challenge was his way of showing just how far he had come from the violent drunk set on a path of self-destruction, but on August 27, […]

The 3 Best Reasons To Be In Recovery

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Recovery isn’t for everyone, but that doesn’t mean that recovery isn’t awesome.

Ask any of the millions of people who have gotten their lives back from getting into recovery. I would be surprised if you found anyone that told you that their life was better while they were on drugs then it is now that they aren’t. For those of us who get it, this is a new life for us. A new world and a new found happiness.

I don’t bother trying to explain what it’s like to people who have never experienced addiction. It would be like trying to describe the color […]

The Ugly Truth About Lying And Addiction

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Being honest, open and willing are key concepts to “HOW” many promising roads to recovery are paved. Right?

I can’t fix what I don’t acknowledge is broken. So why did it take me so long to clench the concept that addicts don’t necessarily get along well with the truth? Denial and a good old fashioned white lie mixed well during cocktail hour; about as well as tonic water and a hypodermic needle. Deceit was the bloodline which kept my disease flowing. Learning to be forthright and sincere was a rough lesson. Tougher than learning to walk upright without some chemical in my system. One of the nurses at my detox said to me, “The […]

Introducing The Recovery Elevator Podcast – Interview With Tim Stoddart

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In our eternal quest to keep our recovery community informed, we have introduced an exciting and totally awesome new form of content! Introducing *drum roll please*……

THE RECOVERY ELEVATOR PODCAST!

Episode 18 – Interview With Tim Stoddart from Sober Nation

I have been looking for months for the right person to team up with to get great audio content to our community. Podcasts are great because they keep you connected at times when you aren’t in front of a screen. Now you can stay involved with Sober Nation while driving, while hitting the weights or when simply doing some chores around the house.

We teamed up with Paul Churchhill, who is the creator of […]

Living One Day At A Time in Recovery

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If you are new to the world of recovery, you are ready and willing to leave your addiction behind and embrace the healing and hope that comes with sobriety. You will do whatever it takes to achieve this ultimate goal and do so by any means necessary.

You are excited and eager, but you are probably scared shitless. Anybody that has worked hard to achieve substantial clean and sober time will tell you of the obstacles and struggles they have encountered in their journey towards lifelong recovery.

It can definitely be an adventure.

It isn’t anything you haven’t heard already: recovery is a commitment and you have to push your chips to the center of […]

Going Gluten Free: Healthy or Hype

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As we progress in recovery and the compulsion to drink begins to subside, we often search out supplemental ways to improve our physical health and wellbeing. And, in light of the frequency with which we eat (hopefully multiple times a day), diet is often the first area considered.

Unfortunately, there is an overwhelming amount of contradictory (scientific, anecdotal, speculative, and probably well-intentioned) information floating around the interwebs, which can confuse even the most knowledgeable practitioners and leave the rest of us discouraged and downtrodden.

That being said, I thought it would be worthwhile to consider one “pop” dietary modality that has taken center stage in the controversy over what foods or philosophies truly promote health – […]

Is Addiction Really A Disease?

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Over the past few decades, we in the recovery community have heard over and over again that addiction is a disease.

Through continued research, we know that addiction significantly affects the reward systems in our brain and affects the way we think and act towards our family and loved ones. This dysfunction throws us way off course physically, psychologically, socially and spiritually to a degree that leaves us a shell of our true selves.

By viewing addiction as a disease, the stigma that has surrounded addiction for decades has been slowly fading, and many who struggle can get the help they need in order to reclaim their lives.

While the “addiction as disease” concept is widely accepted […]

Police Offering Treatment To Addicts: How One Massachusetts Town is Combating Addiction

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It is the elephant in the room that can no longer be ignored; the United States in the midst of an addiction epidemic.

According to information provided by the CDC, overdose deaths are currently the number one cause of injury-related death in the United States. Additionally, the number of deaths attributed to prescription pill and heroin overdoses have quadrupled from 1999 to 2013.

There are certain areas of the country in which the devastating effects of addiction are having more impact. In the state of Massachusetts, there were over 1,000 overdose deaths last year as a result of prescription painkiller abuse.

It is clear […]

Another Molly Overdose At Music Festival – 19 Year Old Victoria Callahan

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Victoria Callahan, of Sterling, Virginia, was transported by ambulance in critical condition to MedStar Washington Hospital Center at around 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, where she later died.

This is just another sad example of what a “fun night out” can turn into. Stories like this always put us in a precarious situation because we are not out to “drug-free” the world. Our focus is to provide community and resources to those still struggling, but stories like this are always heart breaking.

At the very least we hope that tragedies like this can bring awareness to the dangers of these synthetic drugs.

Victoria was pronounced dead after taking the drug “Molly” at Echostage in Northeast […]

3 Things To Remind Yourself When Dealing With AA Haters

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To me, this has always been very simple. AA is not for everyone.

It’s shocking to many people in recovery to think that some just might not want what we have. For 12 steppers, our transformation is so enlightening that often times we want to wrap everybody we encounter in our new cloak of serenity.  I believe this usually comes from a place love. We just want other people to feel as good as we do but many times it misses the mark.

There is no one way to get sober. There is no one way to gain control of your out of control life. If what you are doing works, even if that means finding […]