Looking for Spiritual Freedom? Get Outside!

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One of my top 3 books/movies of all time is Into the Wild

To me, it screams of freedom. Maybe it’s because I fell in love with the book in Jr High in the 90’s. I’ve always had my head in the clouds and the book kept my head there for a while longer. Watching it on screen after its release took me back to being that kid with her head in the clouds, and I find myself watching it over and over and finding new themes as an adult. As a teen, it was the escape from society that spoke to me. As an adult, it’s the freedom that Chris finds within himself […]

How to Talk to A Friend About Drug Abuse

Talking To A Loved One About Drug Abuse

If you suspect that a friend or family member is struggling with addiction, you can help. Many times an afflicted addict or alcohol with throw our signs for help. He or she may act in a certain way that draws attention. These action, may come across as arrogant, but the addict may very well be crying out for help and is too ashamed to come forth and admit the truth.

Helping a loved one is something we all want to do. However, many times the approach can be a deciding factor in determining whether the addict will become defensive, will be receptive to your help, or will outright lie […]

Cris Carter Pours His Heart Out About His Alcoholism In Response To CC Sabathia

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Cris Carter goes on the air to discuss CC Sabathia entering treatment, and his own personal experience with alcoholism and addiction.

To the rest of the world, this may just be another video. A moment where the public can reflect on what it must feel like to be an alcoholic. But… the moment passes by.

I can’t explain how much it means to have someone speak openly in this way. I get it. I get what Cris Carter is talking about. I understand that fear and that struggle and that every day there is always a nagging little voice reminding you of what you are. Taunting you with ideas and fantasies of […]

A Recovering Addicts Journey Of Healing

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When you are newly sober, you will have to figure some things out.

Mainly, who you are and what your purpose in this life is. Those questions can’t be answered by anyone else on the planet, but yourself. When I asked myself this question, it really helped to go back to the beginning and really, truly understand where my breakdown happened.

In other words, when did I abandon myself? When did I give up on myself and why? Why was I ashamed of feeling hurt by someone else’s actions, through virtually no fault of my own? Why did I allow others to treat me any less than I deserved and why […]

Finding A Spiritual Awakening – Interview With “That Sober Guy” [Podcast]

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On today’s episode of The SHAIR Podcast, Omar interviews a special guest. Shane Ramer is the founder of That Sober Guy Podcast.

Shane shares his experience with Omar. Shane started experimenting with drugs and alcohol in high school by smoking weed and drinking alcohol. Shane’s addiction progressed quickly and soon he graduated to cocaine and crystal meth. Shane quickly saw how Meth was taking over his life and he was able to abandon it. However, it led into his full-blown alcoholism.

When Shane realized that he had completely lost control he asked his wife for help and willingly went to a 30-day inpatient rehab. It was in rehab that he had […]

New York Yankees Pitcher CC Sabathia Admits Himself Into Alcohol Rehab Facility

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Big news for Yankees fans.

Although it seems to come at a bad time for the countries most famous baseball team, CC Sabathia announced that he is checking into an alcohol rehab facility. The announcement comes a day before the Yank’s are set to play Houston in the American League wild-card game.

Sabathia issued a statement just after 1 PM. He admits that he is leaving at a bad time but also says that he owes it to his family and wants to give sobriety and long-term recovery a shot.

His statement is extremely heartfelt and in it Sabathia openly admits that he sees himself as a […]

5 Things Holding You Back From Getting Sober [Podcast]

5 things holding you back from getting sober Recovery Elevator Episode 33

In this episode, Paul reads an article written last month entitled 5 Reasons You’ll Never Get Sober.

For many people, alcohol is the comfort zone. It is consistent, it is comforting.

Sobriety requires you to get out of your comfort zone. It requires you to get honest with yourself. It requires you to be willing to make some changes.

You’re going to be exposed.

Sobriety is not free,  it requires work. Anything of value in this life requires work and willingness. It requires an open mind. Sobriety insists upon open-mindedness. Many addicts think that their ideas are the best ideas, but it was these […]

How Alcohol Kills By Inches (And You Don’t Even Realize It) [Podcast]

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The progression of alcohol is slower than most drugs. This may be part of the reason why alcohol is one of the more challenging drugs to quit for good.

In this podcast, Paul talks about how he justified his drinking by trying to make some changes. He made a choice to try and control his drinking by only drink 3 nights a week. He also tried to make the “geographical change.”

Paul managed to slow his drinking which created an illusion of safety, convincing himself that he was not an alcoholic. At this point, Paul moved to Seattle. He planned to leave his controlled drinking at home in […]

10 Quotes About Open Mindedness From Really Smart People

The Measure Of Intelligence is the ability to change

I felt like I got punched in the face.

I was in rehab. I was arguing with one of the clients about religion. I was working this guy, pointing out all the hypocrisy and holes in his faith. I was really killing it.

Suddenly, my counselor quietly walked over to a chalk board and wrote on the board…

“I’d rather be happy than right.”

I’m not sure what it was about that moment, but it just hit me. All this time, I had been spending so much energy on telling people what they shouldn’t believe in. I put a lot of effort into it. In matters of faith […]

Tom Hanks’ Son Goes Public About His Cocaine Addiction

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Recently, Chet Hanks took to Instagram to speak publically about his battle with cocaine addiction and to inspire others who may be struggling.

Living in Tom Hanks’ shadow would be difficult. Chet, whose mom is Rita Wilson, posted an entire series of Instagram videos revealing that he is a recovering cocaine addict. He partially blames his drug use to the pressure of being the son of the world famous and highly respected actor.

“It’s been a long journey discovering who I am because all the pressures that I’ve dealt with in my life — you know, being the son of my dad and everything.”

In the videos, Chet admits to using […]

President Obama Puts The Spotlight on Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription Drug Obama Image courtesy of www.whitehouse.gov/blog The national spotlight on prescription drug abuse has been burning bright and intense for the last few years. According to statistics provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), 52 million Americans over the age of 12 have abused prescription medications non-medically in their lifetime and 6.1 million American have used these medicines non-medically in the last month.

In order to turn the corner and start winning the battle against prescription drug abuse and addiction, there has been considerable dialogue amongst policy makers, law enforcement and concerned citizens alike trying to come up with tangible solutions. In his weekly address to the nation last week, President […]

3 Activities You Should Do To Boost Your Spiritual Awareness

Tips To Increase Your Spititual Awareness

What does God have to do with this?

I didn’t get it either. The truth there are times when I still don’t.

It is one of those things that I find difficult to explain to people. It has been through my own experience that I have learned that my spiritual health is a huge factor in my sobriety.

Most people who shy away from 12 step programs do it for this reason. Some people do not like to talk about God or spirituality. I am one of those people. Till this day when people talk about “God’s plan” I cringe a little.

However, there is no denying that being connected […]

Paul Gets One Year In Recovery!! [Podcast]

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Whoo hoo!!!!

Paul and I met for the first time a few months ago. Ever since, he and I have spoken on a regular basis and I have appreciated every conversation.

When I first heard the Recovery Elevator podcast, I knew immediately that I had to find a way to get Paul into the Sober Nation family. Recovery Elevator is easily the most downloaded sobriety based podcast in the country. Paul is the best!

In this week’s podcast, Paul talks about what his drinking was like. He also gives us insight as to how his life has changed since he has gotten sober and how Recovery Elevator has kept him accountable […]

“I’ve Been To Hell And Back.” Brian McCollom From Substance For You

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Hi everyone, my name is Brian McCollom and I am an addict and a recovering alcoholic.  I’ve spent the last few years trying to figure things out with my life.  The first ten years of my teens were spent surrounded by drugs and alcoholism, which ended in heroin abuse, a dying liver, PTSD and panic disorder, and autoimmune disorder.  Among all of these things, I’ve traveled the land of stigmata’s and trials and trials and tribulations and started myself in crack houses and ended up in mental institutions on Thorazine drips.

brian mccollomI’ve gone through hell and back, which I’m sure […]

Introducing Sober Nation Clothing Co!

Introducing Sober Nation Clothing Co.

Some of you may know about New Lyfe Clothing. The t-shirt line was started as an extension of Sober Nation a little more than a year ago. The idea behind Sober Nation has always been to grow the culture of recovery. To celebrate recovery as opposed to feeling stigmatized by it.

So much of the media only covers the ugliness off addiction, and very rarely does the media highlight the beautiful stories around people who get sober. Fashion has always been a part of defining culture. So naturally I thought that t-shirts would be a cool way to do this.

To my surprise, the brand took off. However, treating Sober Nation and New […]

Enough with the Self-Blame Already – “I Used To Blame Myself”

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Alcoholism is a complicated disease which requires complicated treatment. There’s much debate on whether it should be classified as a disease, which is another topic entirely. Taking a comprehensive approach to treatment includes viewing alcoholism as a disease. It’s a disease where self-blame runs rampant along with shame.

Let’s consider other diseases. What about heart disease? The initial reaction to a family member diagnosed with this is not “well, you should have laid off the fat cakes and bacon,” or “give up the junk food and you’ll suffer no more.” Usually, this person is pre disposed to heart disease and only half of it is behavioral. I have a freakishly high metabolism myself, so I’m […]

Methadone Increases The Risk Of Death For Those Seeking Treatment For Opiate Abuse

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Are you or a loved one about to do into drug treatment for an addiction to opiates or prescription painkillers? If you are, you need to beware of the use of methadone during the detoxification process. According to information taken from a recent study done in England, the use of methadone increases the risk of death in those who are seeking treatment for opiate drugs in comparison to other treatments such as buprenorphine.

Behind the Numbers

Recently, researchers from the University of Bristol in London, England published a study in which they reviewed the records over over 32,000 patients who had entered drug treatment for opiate addiction between 2001 and 2010. In this sampling of […]

CVS Makes History Becoming First Pharmacy To Provide Naloxone Without Prescription

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San Fransisco – CVS pharmacy becomes the first chain pharmacy in California to stock, sell and provide Naloxone without a prescription.

Naloxone is a life-saving opiate overdose reversal drug. More than 50 CVS pharmacies are making the drug available. The drug can be used by friends and family members of opiate addicts who only have minutes or seconds to prevent a loved one from dying from an opiate overdose.

The Drug Policy Alliance has been very public in the praise and applause of the decision made by CVS.

“This new program is a direct result of the passage of Assemblymember Richard Bloom’s AB 1535, which was co-sponsored by the […]

The 3 Most Common Fears That Keep People From Getting Sober

3 Common Fears That Will Keep You Sick

Some people just can’t drink. Plain and simple.

There are those who may have gotten a little “out of hand” with their drinking. Maybe they needed to grow up or deal with some traumas in their past. However, there are also those like me who can not and will never be able to drink successfully. We can go into issues like disease concept and higher power as to why these reasons may be, but that’s for a later time.

If you are one of these people like I am, then the harsh truth is that you can’t drink. Ever again… for the rest of your life.

If […]

Homeless Man Playing Piano Goes Viral – Then He Goes To Rehab And Makes It To The Big Stage

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On June 30, Donald Gould sat down at a public piano in Sarasota Fl. His life changed that day.

Donald Gould became an internet sensation after a video of him playing the piano went viral. The music was so beautiful that it captivated much of the country. When the video was posted it got 2 million hits in the first two days. Since then the video has gotten more than 13+ million views.

Watch Donald Play Here…

After the video continued to circulate, a Go Fund Me was started to help get Donald back on his feet. Donald is a former U.S Marine who succumbed to an addiction […]