Today I do my best to focus on the #hopes
not the #hurts
💗.Families do recover, sometimes you just need time.
Mr. Rogers is an absolute hero of mine! Almost all of his famous quotes fit with a drink free life, but this one took the cake for me. I loved his show and think he was such a positive force in the world. Won’t you be, my neighbor! #mrrogers #fredrogers #tomhanks
Those drinkers that can “only have a few”
Who can stop after one or two.
Who can just drink on Friday and Saturday, but not during the week.
Who can just buy a six pack or a small bottle.
None of this makes sense to me. I NEVER drank like that. And it’s because of my alcoholism.
There was NEVER enough alcohol when I was drinking. I ALWAYS drank until blackout, or until someone cut me off. I can remember times of telling myself “ok just three shots tonight” 🤣 that’s hilarious to me now because I knew damn well those three shots were going to turn into three bottles.
I’m an all or nothing kind of personality, so that leaves me with two options:
There is no in between for me or people like me. There is no “moderating” in my alcoholic mind.
And I choose sobriety ANYWAYS. Because I was a drunk for way too damn long. I lived what that path can and would have led to. I’m almost a year sober and I’m STILL sweeping up that mess I caused. But the point is I AM sweeping up that mess. And staying sober, one day at a time.
#sober #soberlife #soberliving #alcoholfree #boozefree #alcoholism #overcomeaddiction #believeinyourself #recoverfromaddiction #onedayatatime #thisisme #soberaf #soberissexy
Today I realised that the Dionysus is the Greek methodological god of wine - intoxication and drunkenness. Useless fact of the day for you 🤓🤓🤓 #facts #researchnerd
So. Freaking. Excited. .
100 days feels like forever. Even tho I have been here before. I feel so super accomplished. And cant wait to surpass 6 months. But, all I have is today, and today I wont drink. .
Oh, and my new hair. I really love it and I feel more me than I have in a while. Idk if I'll ever go blonde again but I'm loving the purple. .
Several people close to me have expressed their dislike and I've let it be known that I dont need that kind of negativity in my life. It's really disheartening when complete strangers are more kind to you. Oh well. I'm not going to let it change my mind. I love it. And that's what matters.
The question I asked myself a lot before I stopped drinking was will I lose mates? Ahhhh babes.......that was seriously the wrong question to be asking yourself!
How far have you come? That is the question on this amazing day. Don’t forget to tag someone kicking ass in recovery. I am proud of you. This video says it all. ❤️👈
You’ve had enough, you’ve learned your lessons, it’s time to move up 💪
Earlier in the week, I started to feel kind of... uncomfortable. Like I was wearing a wrong-sized shirt or something, and I wanted to change out of it, and not necessarily in a good way. I realized that I had only been to one meeting in a week, mostly for valid reasons, but that didn't matter. I had to remember - sobriety comes first, above all else, even for what you might consider valid reasons.
Long story short is I got my ass to four meetings this past weekend, not only because I had to, but because I wanted to. I talked to many, many fellow alcoholics about a variety of topics the entire weekend. And guess what now? That recovery shirt I was wearing earlier this week that felt uncomfortable.. it's starting to fit and feel a lot better again.
Talking to other alcoholics and addicts about our addiction, in person... helps. A lot. Period. Do it whenever you can.
#sober #soberlife #sobriety #recovery #cleanandsober #onedayatatime #alcoholism #soberaf #soberbrotherhood #soberliving #sobrietyrocks #alcoholicsanonymous
Introducing our FAVORITE country singer and barbeque master. He’s always thinking about giving back to us worst boyz. We are so inspired by you! This is Jarrod: 🖤
Nicknames: J-Rod, Jarhead, Swingin’ Johnson
DOC: Alcohol and anything with alcohol in it (including rubbing alcohol as a mixer), the redhead from Waco
Fun Fact: I love Texas, tacos, long walks on the beach, puppies and poking dead things with a stick
Favorite Thing About Solstice: The family I’ve had since I walked through the doors... even after I screwed up once or twice and I have a man-crush on Charlie Moffet
Most Used Emojis: 👍🏿🌮🍆
My favorite time of year is about to start! #mlb
Do you have a problem with alcohol?
. "The first step in understanding alcohol addiction is identifying whether or not you may have a problem. According to the NIAAA, alcohol abuse contains one or more of these characteristics:
✔Had times when you ended up drinking more, or longer than you intended?
✔More than once wanted to cut down or stop drinking, or tried to, but couldn’t?
✔Spent a lot of time drinking? Or being sick or getting over the aftereffects?
✔ Experienced craving — a strong need, or urge, to drink?
. ✔Found that drinking — or being sick from drinking — often interfered with taking care of your home or family? Or caused job troubles? Or school problems?
✔ Continued to drink even though it was causing trouble with your family or friends?
✔ Given up or cut back on activities that were important or interesting to you, or gave you pleasure, in order to drink?
✔ More than once gotten into situations while or after drinking that increased your chances of getting hurt (such as driving, swimming, using machinery, walking in a dangerous area, or having unsafe sex)?
. ✔Continued to drink even though it was making you feel depressed or anxious or adding to another health problem? Or after having had a memory blackout?
✔ Had to drink much more than you once did to get the effect you want? Or found that your usual number of drinks had much less effect than before?
✔ Found that when the effects of alcohol were wearing off, you had withdrawal symptoms, such as trouble sleeping, shakiness, irritability, anxiety, depression, restlessness, nausea, or sweating? Or sensed things that were not there?
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- Transformations Recovery
#alcoholtreatment #addiction #recovery #mentalhealth #alcoholfree #soberaf #afreshstart #relapse #addictiontreatment #alcoholism
I never talked in public (unless it was at an after party at 6 am). I was always too nervous, too insecure and too scared. I don’t even think I spoke at my first event (The Daytime Disco) last August. Since then I’ve slowly been able to say a few words in public. This photo for example is of me from The Late Night Tea Party at @nookyeg.
I remember coming off the “stage” not knowing what I even said. At the time that was the largest crowd I had ever had the pleasure of speaking in front of. Although I was SUPER excited to get off the stage I was even more excited knowing I was brave enough to get up there in the first place. Last week I had my first Rotary Club experience, which warmed me up for #lovefestyyc
which has now lead me to #lovefestyeg
. I’m terrified to say the least, but I know talking about negative self imagine to/with everyone is what is needed to change the conversations within ourselves. I created this event to help with some of my own personal issues and I know if it’s an issue with me, it’s probably an issue with someone else too. So snag your tickets, dress up and come have some good clean fun this upcoming Saturday. I PROMISE you’ll feel like a million bucks after 🥰.
#yegevents #dryfeb #photooftheday #dryfebruary #soberissexy #sober #soberaf #soberevents @sobersaturdayz #soberliving #soberissexy #growth #selflove #love #self #thisisme
I recently lost like 2,000 pictures. One day they were just gone, and Apple couldn’t explain it.
Many of those photos were from important days like M’s birthday, recitals, and family trips like this one pictured. I ugly cried losing those photo memories. Then days would go by and I’d cry again over losing them. It’s always been important to me to take a lot of photos.
There are only three or four photos from this entire week in the Pacific Northwest.
This one photo captures exactly what that day felt like for me.
Joy danced in my bones and thoughts all day long.
It was one of the happiest days of my life.
And it was that day I realized how much I need sunsets, nature and family. It’s all I need, really.
Life tip: use Google photos😆
“Don’t Call Me an Addict, I Don’t Live There Anymore” with Lara Frazier, MBA! @sillylara
is a freelance writer, truth-teller, sobriety warrior, founder of Sober Evolution, and the Marketing and Outreach Manager for Renewal Health Group in Southern California. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Glamour, AddictionUnscripted.Com, and WorkIt Health. Lara joins us to discuss her Huffingpost piece titled “Don’t Call Me an Addict, I Don’t Live There Anymore,” plus the backlash from members of the recovery community, and how she is thriving in her life today! Visit www.larafrazier.com now to check out her work and follow her on IG @sillylara.
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#theaddictionarypodcast #boston #odaat #soberliving #selfcare #soberissexy #love #sober #recovery #sobriety #mentalhealth #inspiration #soberlife #recoveryispossible #motivation #aa #addiction #sobermovement #recoverywarrior #onedayatatime #wedorecover #sobrietyrocks #addictionrecovery #soberaf #cleanandsober #anxiety #selflove #alcoholism #alcoholfree #recoveryisworthit
Oh god, this is painfully accurate 🐕
Happy Anniversary to my boo thang @emjaydubya
It’s almost unimaginable just how much has happened this past Year. She came into my life and set my Heart ablaze! She truly makes me a better man, balances my crazy, calls me on my bullshit, and doesn’t fault me for my flaws. She builds me up, makes me belly laugh daily, and shows me that I deserve the World. She brightens any room she walks into and I’m the luckiest guy ever to call her mine. To think, if I would’ve drank I would’ve missed this...I love you beautiful! 💙#soberaf #growtogether #soflotony #mybestfriend #anniversary
Went to lunch today with 2/3 of my reason WHY 🙏🏽
I’ve always been a health conscious person, but honestly - when it came to alcohol, I just closed my eyes and stuck my fingers in my ears.
Today’s blog is all about some of the strange and ridiculous stuff you end up doing when you’re a health nut by day and a boozer by night.
Once you’ve had a read (link is in my profile) let me know if this stuff resonates with you too! I’ve got a sneaky feeling I won’t be alone with this... 😉
The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it.
- Kalpana Chawla
Start your week with positive vibe! I love you all! ❤️
Last year I was too burnt out to make one of my best friends birthdays. Over the years I would miss occasions or not be present enough to truly appreciate the special moments in life 🤦♀️
.Not drinking has given me back these moments. Saturday I turned up (on time), had amazing conversations, connections and catch ups with my friends👭
.This may not sound like a big deal but it really is the small things in sobriety where you notice the big changes 💃
.Friend and family moments really should be cherished and I’m so grateful I am now in a space to be there for the ones I love the most ❤️
.Happy bloody Monday!
With LoveFest Yeg only 5 DAYS away my usually pre-event anxiety has kicked in. I can’t help but freak out about how things will go, who will be there and whether things will go smoothly or not. My biggest fear above all is that I don’t want anyone to be disappointed. I know it can be nerve racking leaving the house to go to a big social gathering like this. I know the awkwardness can sometimes be too much to bear and I know that that can be triggering. But, just like practicing your sobriety at home, it’s a good idea to practice sober socializing in public. For me this was always my biggest issue with partying because I always thought the two (partying and socializing) went hand in hand. For years I didn’t think it was possible to do one without the other and I’m still retraining my brain that it is. What I’ve realized is that all we have to do is show up, be the change we wish to see and create the environment ourselves! So whether 300 people show up to LoveFest Yeg or 3 people show up, I have to remember that this is just one small step towards something much, much bigger. So snag your ticket if you can make it on Saturday and If you want to support the cause, share the event and invite your friends to jump on board! #Sobersaturdayz
#yegevents #dryfeb #photooftheday #dryfebruary #soberissexy #soberaf #soberliving #soberissexy #ootd #growth #saturdayz #yeg #edmonton #love #happy #cute #edmontonevents #weekend
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Don’t ask it to be easy, ask it to be worth it.
Getting sober is one of the best decisions that I ever made.
In the beginning it was hard because I had to reinvent myself.
I lost a lot of friends and went through a period of loneliness.
I had to learn how to have fun again without getting high.
I had to learn how to relax without getting high.
It was not easy, but it was worth it. The more time went by the more awake I became, and the more I realized how much marijuana had been holding me back, and the more I realized how awesome life could be sober.
Getting sober is worth it my friends!