Substance Abuse Symptoms and Causes. Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, and Treatment.
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by Dirk Foster
3M ago
Introduction Personal struggles are an inevitable part of anyone’s life. At one point or another, you will face tremendous challenges that will test your belief system, perseverance, and faith in yourself. That’s just a reality of life’s absurdity. That said, there’s not one person that always makes the right choices and coping mechanisms. Sometimes, in search of immediate remedy or relief from pain, confusion, and grief, we turn to abusive substances. Sadly, the healing they provide is nothing but short-lived. Today marks the day that you try to deviate from these dangerous substances. As the ..read more
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Sobertude! An Attitude of Gratitude in Sobriety
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by Dirk Foster
4M ago
Excerpt from: Sobertude: 50 Uplifting Habits That Create Gratitude, Abundance and Joy in Sobriety. Getting sober is never easy. Staying sober is often just as difficult. Giving up alcohol (or drugs) is a great achievement for anyone. If you've managed to get sober, or are currently trying to get sober, congratulations! You've made a great decision that will improve your life and the lives of the people you love. Stick with it and never give up; it's worth the effort. However, it's important to remember that once we get sober and manage to put away the destructive substances that were harming ..read more
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How to Develop Gratitude in Sobriety
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by Dirk Foster
4M ago
Gratitude is by far the most important thing to cultivate in your life. Gratitude is like a garden, which, if tended to every day, will produce beautiful results. Gratitude is a positive energy source that will deliver strength, courage, and joy, no matter what challenges you face. If you're anything like me, your life has included many highs and many lows. As a recovering alcoholic and addict, I can assure you that I have experienced a great deal of pain and suffering and have battled a multitude of inner-demons over the years. To this day, I struggle with self-doubt, depression, grief, and ..read more
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The Truth About Early Sobriety
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by Dirk Foster
4M ago
Let’s be honest; early recovery can be brutal. This is just a fact and if you haven’t discovered it already, then you probably will if you’re new to sobriety or trying to get sober. I could try to convince you that the early stages of recovery is all about rainbows, butterflies and unicorns and that you’re going to feel instantly amazing every single day, as if new sobriety is one giant, continuous orgasm. But that would be a lie and my intention is to be as straightforward and honest as I can. Often, early sobriety is about being pounded day and night by a storm of painful feelings and emoti ..read more
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Helping Others Get Sober
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by Dirk Foster
4M ago
One of the most crucial aspects of long-term recovery is our obligation to help other alcoholics and addicts navigate the treacherous battlefield of early sobriety. When we first get sober, the only thing we can focus on is cleaning up the mess we’ve made of our own lives. But at some point, we need to turn our attention to others by passing along what we’ve learned so that they too can benefit from our “experience, strength and hope.” Helping others can take countless forms – driving them to a meeting, talking to them, answering their late night calls or keeping them company when they’re lon ..read more
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The First Steps to A Sober Life
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by Dirk Foster
4M ago
*Excerpt from Polluted: My Sober Journey. Alcohol, Addiction and the 7 Stages to Getting Clean. The last year of my drinking was a living hell. That may sound dramatic, but there’s no other way to describe it. I was 42 years old, flat broke and living alone in a shitty one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles. I drank every day, snorted and smoked cocaine whenever I could, and hung around other alcoholics and addicts. I was living a life of quiet desperation. I was a complete mess, physically, mentally, and spiritually. I had been arrested once and had visited the hospital on multiple occasions b ..read more
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When An Alcoholic Cries Out for Help
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by Dirk Foster
4M ago
I’m lying face down on the floor of a cheap motel in Los Angeles, my head turned to the side. The room is dark and spinning. I can smell the filthy rug pressing against my cheek. I hear cars passing on the street outside, tires sloshing over the rain-soaked pavement. I attempt to crawl to the bed but my body simply won’t function. My brain is saying, Crawl! but my body is saying, Screw you! I ain’t moving! I just want to get off the damn floor. I’m trying as hard as I can to reach the bed but it’s no use. I start sobbing, whimpering like a wounded animal. I think to myself, If I lose consciou ..read more
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Surviving the Sharks in Early Sobriety
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by Dirk Foster
4M ago
I want to state clearly that in no way do I think that getting sober is easy. In fact, in my own personal experience, I found that getting sober was brutal and frightening. For several years I tried and failed miserably to get sober on my own using nothing but willpower. I knew with absolute certainty that I was an alcoholic, but I just couldn’t manage to stop drinking no matter how hard I tried. I would stop for a few days or weeks, but that was as far as I could get. I just couldn’t resist the temptation to drink again. And on and on it went without relief. My drinking continued, my problem ..read more
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Sobriety and Money Management
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by Dirk Foster
4M ago
Being broke and in debt often has a ripple effect into every part of our lives. Even though it might feel like we’re carrying the burden alone, very often our financial condition impacts other people we know and love, including family and friends. As we finally take stock of all the damage that we need to repair in our life, we often discover that those around us are also negatively affected by our current state of affairs. Just like our uncontrolled drinking usually affects and hurts our family and friends, we can also impose pain and suffering on our loved ones because we’re often penniless ..read more
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Sobriety Requires Hope
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by Dirk Foster
4M ago
Without hope, life loses its meaning. Hope lifts us. Hope gets us out of bed in the morning. Hope allows us to sleep peacefully at night. Hope provides us with anticipation and joy. Hope brings light into darkness. Hope helps us to push forward through difficult times. Hope fuels our desire to grow and improve as we plan for the future. As soon as we start to feel hopeless, life loses its color and flavor. Depression sets in and we become cynical and angry. We feel defeated…What’s the point? Who gives a crap? Once this started happening, once I began to feel hopeless, I drank MORE in an attem ..read more
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