This is incredibly good!! #Repost @supamanhiphop
I have lost so many family members to alcohol and substances over the span of my life on earth. My dad, my uncles, aunties, grandmas, cousins, friends and so many more. Funeral after funeral we attend. My grandma May Takes The Gun said “it’s like a spirit you allow in when you take that first drink. Then after that it it will take control and become easier to drink all the time”. I made the decision to never drink and it’s been a better life with less detours, less drama and hardships. If you are struggling with these things or just starting out. Make a stand today to be sober for your family, your kids, your future! Because if not, It can take you further than you ever thought you’d go, make you stay longer than you ever thought you’d stay and make you do things you never thought you’d do. You already know. Strength and Wisdom! 🙏🏽 #illuminatives #supaman #sober #soberlife #traditions #values #drugfree #alcoholfree #nativeways #livesober #chooselife #honor #dontdrink
Full Moon Kirtan 🙌🏼 The last time I sang in public where my voice could be heard...
Was 20 years ago, drunk at a Kareoke night. 😬
I saw the video the next day...
Me and Bethia belting Girls Just Wanna Have Fun at the Mint in San Francisco...
And vowed to never sing again 😬🙊😂 Until last night.
I felt the urge to hear one of my fave mantras...
Next thing I know I volunteer to lead a round of Kirtan 😳
Om gam ganapataye namaha.... 🙌🏼 It. Was. So. Much. Fun.
I was nervous the first half...
Me singing alone.
The tribe joining after.
Call and response style.
Then my friend Raudia whispers in my ear, “louder!” I picked up the pace, the volume, and really went for it.
Not sure that I sounded good.
But it felt soooooo good to sing.
Let it out.
Celebrate the full moon.
And invoke my fave elephant god Ganesha 🐘🙏🏼 Om gam ganapataye namaha.... This manta is about new beginnings.
(I just googled it to see what it means 😂😂)
Which is actually perfect for me right now.
What a trip.
How much fun is right across fear.
Om gam ganapataye namaha.... 🙌🏼
I didn't really love any of the photos I had for today, so in the name of not breaking the pattern I have going here is a photo of my best friends cat spending her day the way I wish I could. In a fort. 🐈
Four years ago today I walked into a treatment center, a shell of the person I was and had the capacity to be. Four years ago today, I admitted to being powerless over alcohol and drugs.
In the four years since, I have gotten to live every beautiful, painful, inspiring, heartbreaking, perfect, terrible moment. In the four years since I finally graduated college, I found a career I love, sports I love, people who support me endlessly, and I have learned so much more about myself than I ever knew in the 20 years prior. These four years have given me more than I could have asked for.
I’m Ash, and I’m an addict who got to celebrate 1,460 days of continuous sobriety today. I am grateful, today and everyday, to be here, to be alive, and to be taking this journey one day at a time.
#sobriety #sober #sobernotboring #odaat
"I hate addiction. No matter what it is: cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, food, work, etc. Whatever it is that you’re struggling with, that is making life hard, please fight. I fought for years before it started making any difference. I hate seeing people struggle; but even worse, I hate seeing people give up. I know, I gave up a bunch , and I SERIOUSLY believed dying was the only way I’d “beat” my bad addictive habits. Keep fighting 🙏🏽💪🏽, one day you’ll start winning the small battles and they’ll start gaining momentum. 🙏🏽🙏🏽" @davidnonnynonemacher
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What Is an Addiction?
We all know that addiction can be fatal. But did you know that deaths resulting from addiction tops that of heart disease and cancer? Some common deaths resulting from addictions are more obvious to us than others—like heroin, drunk driving, tobacco, and alcohol use, while other less obvious addictions like food—that can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke—we tend to overlook.
Addictions affect us not only physically, but also psychologically and spiritually. Let’s spend a bit of time pulling back the curtain on addictions to save our body, mind, and spirit.
Addictions fall into two main categories:
Substance addictions—these involve chemicals. Common examples are alcohol, caffeine, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and prescription meds.
Process addictions—these involve our behavior. Common process addictions include gambling, pornography, shopping, and exercise.
The medical diagnosis of addiction lists these 11 symptoms: *Failing main duties at school, home, or work *Continuing despite physical harm *Frequent cravings or strong desire to use the substance or engage the behavior *Frequent social or relationship problems *Need more to get the same effect *Withdrawal symptoms *Using larger amounts or spending more time on the substance or behavior than intended *Failed efforts in stopping *Significant amount of time, energy, and thought regarding the substance or behavior *Time spent on substance or behavior is more than time spent on social, work, or fun activities *Continued use despite many harmful consequences
Do you see any of the symptoms above in you or a friend?
0-1: No problem
4-5: Moderate >6: Severe
Simply put, addiction is when something is harming you in some way and you can’t stop doing it. Addiction controls and harms you. No one begins using a harmful substance or behavior hoping it will take control over them. Yet, so often we let these things do just that. Take a look at yourself for a minute.
What substance or behavior in your life, if taken away, would make life stressful for you?
Would God still be enough for you?