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by Mike III
2y ago
You may have noticed that I’ve been hinting at BIG changes & developments for the OWN Sobriety website.  Well, I’ve been working with some partners behind-the-scenes to rebrand OWN Sobriety and launch it as the first digital magazine specifically geared towards living a sober lifestyle!  To help with the rebranding process, we need YOUR help.  We want to create content that is relevant and useful to you.  So, we have created an online sobriety survey to get a better understanding of what types of sobriety-related content you are looking for online.  All it takes is ..read more
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Tips For A Successful Sober Second Half Of The Year
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by Mike III
2y ago
The end of June marks the halfway point of the year.  How has your sobriety gone so far in this strange and crazy year?  Has the world slowdown helped you achieve goals and build confidence or has it added stress and put a strain on your sobriety?  Whichever the case, let’s talk about how you can do a little planning now to set yourself up for a successful sober second half of the year. Review the first half-year of sobriety I, personally, don’t make New Year’s resolutions.  And from my experience, most guys recovering from substance abuse aren’t usually too keen on resolut ..read more
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5 Benefits Of A Sober Lifestyle
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by Mike III
2y ago
What’s up y’all?   I talked in my last two posts about how much life has improved over the past 8 months with the combination of my new job plus diagnosis and treatment of ADHD.  While those are the major factors in my improvement, they are not the sole reasons that I have become more successful in my sober lifestyle.  I have been thinking a lot about all of the variables that have come into play over the past 2.5 years of sobriety that have enabled me to get to this point.  These are the top five areas in which I have seen the biggest improvements. Addiction Costs You can ..read more
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Diagnosed With ADHD At 36 Years Old
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by Mike III
2y ago
Wow!  My post over the weekend, which was my first in eight months, had nearly a record number of visitors on the ownsobriety.com website.  I’m sure part of that was from people expecting to read a juicy relapse story but it shows that people really do read what I post.  So thank you for that! I thought I would go into some more detail on what all has been up over the past few months and my hiatus from blogging.  As I mentioned in my last post, life has taken a really great turn for the better after a rough patch last fall.  I am so grateful and proud of myself for not ..read more
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All Good Here
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by Mike III
2y ago
Hey!  Long time, no blog.  It’s been over eight months since I have made a public post to my blog.  And the last post I made was about being in a serious funk.  So, I know you’re thinking that I must’ve relapsed or, at the very least, I’m not doing too well in life.  But actually, I’m proud to say that the total opposite is true.  Despite all of the craziness in the world, my life has become absolutely amazing since eight months ago.  I just had to get real with myself about my priorities and do some reorganization.  While I was struggling pretty mightil ..read more
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Revisiting A Funk
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by Mike III
2y ago
I post a lot about how great sober life is. This post will end on that message too, but I feel like I must talk about the tough times that are inevitably sprinkled in between. Prior to the past few days, which have been better, I was in one of the bigger funks of my now nearly two-year recovery journey. A lot of positive and exciting things were happening for me, but I was wholly unimpressed. Despite my best attempts, I just felt numb, unexcited, and unmotivated. Usually, I can identify the issues and fix them pretty quickly but this one just dragged on and I couldn’t pinpoint a cause. I’d be ..read more
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Balance In Recovery
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by Mike III
2y ago
The goal of recovery should be to build enough confidence and trust in yourself that living a free and balanced lifestyle becomes second nature.  Take full advantage of living in the moment, but realize that recovery has given you an opportunity to have a better tomorrow too.  If we take the “one day at a time” mantra too literally as we progress through recovery, we will get stuck in a cycle of comfort without growth.  It’s true that tomorrow is never guaranteed but we experience a lot of tomorrows during our life.  Like everything, there is a fine balance between living i ..read more
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Starting A New SMART Recovery Meeting – Part 2
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by Mike III
2y ago
In the previous part of this series on starting a new SMART Recovery meeting, I talked about the training process and how I found a nice meeting location. In this article, I will talk about the promotion process of my new meeting. In the next article, I will discuss actually facilitating the first couple of meetings. When I left off in the previous article, I had just submitted my new meeting information to SMART Recovery for listing in their meeting directory. This is done via an online form which they send you a link to once you complete your training. It took about three weeks after submiss ..read more
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Trust The Process
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by Mike III
2y ago
Life can be hard.  I like to be in control and a big part of my past two years has been about learning patience.  I like to think there’s always something that I can do to move a process along.  I never say I’m bored because there is always something I can do.  But some things are out of my control.  Sometimes, I have to just have faith and trust the process.  I got a reminder of that today. I’ve been in a funk lately but I’ve done my best to push through.  Just last night, I was feeling overwhelmed, stagnant and wanting to make something happen.  I had ..read more
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Reaching 600 Days Of Recovery
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by Mike III
2y ago
12 years, that’s how long I was a nightly drinker.  From the age of 22 until 34.  At age 25, I began day drinking.  So, for about 9 years I was an all-the-time drinker.  I always had alcohol nearby.  If I didn’t, I was scheming about how to get it quickly.  By age 34, I couldn’t go more than 2 hours without alcohol before withdrawing.  My chest would tighten, I would be gasping for air, my hands and feet would begin to tingle, I would start shaking like crazy, and my mind would race so fast that I couldn’t process my thoughts.  I lost track of how many t ..read more
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