✨As I grow to accept myself more and more, I am better able to accept you too.
Warts and all! #emotionalsobriety
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During my ARP meeting last night one of the participants said something that was so beautiful and profound, and I completely agree.
We have Covenanted to bear one another’s burdens.
In marriage, this means through affliction, through addiction. It means through the big sucks.
I wish I could repeat it as eloquently as she did, but basically she stated that “marriage through addiction is doable. It’s difficult and ugly at times, and if there is danger God will lead you away from it, but most of the time...it’s doable.”
I have to agree, and I’m so glad there are people out there fighting to save marriages.
Societal trends push this concept of GIVE UP, for whatever reason.
He’s an addict
All we do is fight
We grew apart
We aren’t in love anymore
I’m attracted to someone else
The truth is if you fall into any one (or multiple) of those categories, congratulations. You’re part of the 99% of married people.
Your problems don’t go away because you got divorced. Your problems go away when your problems go away.
If you’re an addict and you think getting divorced will solve your problems, you’re wrong.
Overcoming your addiction will solve your problems (and save your marriage)
If your spouse cheated, but they’re remorseful and want to work it out, you don’t get to walk away because of a wounded ego. You’ve Covenanted to stay. For better for worse.
It’s not always “pretty”.
Life is NOT a fairytale.
Not in this mortality anyway. But if we make it through, and into the next life, it is BETTER than a fairytale (and that one is foreverrrrrrr)
As Brigham Young once stated:
If you saw your spouse as they will be beyond the veil, in their full glory, you would fall to your knees at their feet.
I pray the people of 2019 will put more effort into their marriages and not follow the trends of “giving up” because they were “hurt.” When God says “Get out!” You’ll know it. (There is a time and place for that)
If He doesn’t, then Be.All.In. It’s the only way to win.
#marriage #marriagequotes #aboutmarriage #love #fightingformarriage #marriageisofGod #arp #addictionrecovery #addictionrecoveryprogram #cjclds #savemarriages #healthymarriage
People in "recovery" are taught they can't move forward in life and leave addiction behind them. Once we discover our innate ability to choose, can't we escape both addiction & recovery? In this article, we discuss the path to freedom and moving past a harmful lifestyle. **LINK IN BIO** #non12step #addictionrecovery #addictionsolution #addictionprevention
Knowing my whole future is set out before me 😍
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
“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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So many of you guys asked me in response to a recent post... What can I say to practice not take away people’s pain!?!
So I made you a list for reference!! What are your favorite phrases That support people and what are the phrases that annoy you that people say to you when you’re upset?!
For me, I hate it when people give me tissues when I’m tearing up, it can feel like people don’t want me to cry (though I’m sure they’re trying to be supportive!)
Would love to hear from you guys!
#cryingiscool #therapyiscool #mentalhealthawarenss #allvibeswelcome #edrecovery #anxietyrelief #depression #addictionrecovery
Research shows substance abuse is in sports and athletes. These people have a greater risk of developing dependencies as compared to the general public. But why? Click the link in our bio to learn why this is happening 🔗 #soberlivingaz #linkinbio #addictionisreal
If you haven't heard yet, we've added a new form of therapy at our facility, Genesis Float Tanks. These float tanks are filled with water that is rich in minerals that can heal the body, mind, and soul. Available now for all SRC clients, inpatient and outpatient ✨ #teamsrc #floattank #mineralwater
Went to lunch today with 2/3 of my reason WHY 🙏🏽
True recovery is obtained only when we’re stripped bare. In the 4th step we’re honest with ourselves about what we did to the people we love and our shortcomings(character defects). In the 5th we open up, become vulnerable, and tell someone (a sponsor) everything we’ve done. In the 6th and 7th steps we humble ourselves before our Higher Power and ask Them to remove our short comings. In the 8th step we prepare a list of who we need to make amends with and humble ourselves to make those amends in the 9th step. This is why I say everyone should work a recovery program regardless of having an addiction. 12 step causes us to break down walls and be stripped bare so we can attain the highest level of intimacy in our relationships.
#12steps #recovery #vulnerable #sobriety #soberliving #vulnerability #intimacy #selflove #affirmations #higherpower #addictionrecovery #nomakeup #strippedbare #relationships
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12-Step Based Recovery
Acceptance Recovery Center supports the use of Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-Step programs. Patients are taken to meetings nightly in neighboring communities and patients are encouraged to get a sponsor within their first two weeks. We further encourage patients to meet with their sponsor weekly for the purpose of working the steps and gaining outside support for their recovery.
Learn more about our program on our website (link in bio).
This picture is what I wish all our minds could look like: healthy, beautiful, strong, and taken care of. Your mental health matters so much, so be kind to your mind. 💜 In one of my nutrition classes our first assignment was to determine how we are doing with our mental health. Our teacher then gave us a week-long AMAZING lecture about how we, as dietitians, should not be focusing on nutrition and fitness until we focus on a healthy mind! This is the approach I plan to take with all my patients. I will not mention anything about diet or exercise until we have tackled the beast: our minds. To me, simply giving someone a nutrition plan and workout schedule will not help if they have poor mental health. They will just end up feeling defeated and giving up. I do think once we thrive mentally, we then can use fitness and nutrition to even better our health! But again, mental health is THE most important type of health in my opinion! I would love to create a program specifically focusing on mental health, and ONLY after that people could graduate to the nutrition and fitness part of the program. Yes, physical fitness and nutrition are super important to me. I mean I’m getting a degree in dietetics and nutrition, so obviously I’m passionate about it. BUT the more I learn about nutrition, the more I realize that overall health STEMS from how we are doing mentally - beneath the surface. If we are not thriving mentally it’s extremely hard to thrive physically. I know this first hand. I would work out to the point of injuring myself and was so perfectionistic about my nutrition that I pushed everyone away, but I was extremely unhealthy and negative beneath the surface. If I failed, I was a failure. Honestly, I’m loving seeing dietitians switch their approach and have more of a psychological approach to nutrition! Which is why I am minoring in psychology. Because we cannot get to the root of things until we tackle mental health. I think that once we tackle our brain, it’s so much easier to tackle our nutrition and fitness…and that’s what I want to promote - your health Beneath the Surface. #mentalhealth #brainhealth #healthymindandbody #beneaththesurface
This week at Celebrate Recovery, join us for a Large Group teaching on "Lesson 4: Sanity" taught by Sandy C.
Large Group starts at 6:30 p.m. and features worship music, recovery chips, and the teaching, followed by men's and women's open share group by topic.
Also, a reminder that Mindy S. is collecting clothes for the Pensacola Dream Center Next Steps outreach! If you doing spring cleaning or going full-on #konmari
, bring your gently used clothing items this coming Monday to donate! The greatest need is for children’s shoes, boys clothing size 6-12 and men’s jeans.Please no stained or ripped clothing.
Hope to see you there! ❤️
1 of 3. Swipe! I am taking action and will be contacting many of you with a special surprise/invitation/question—Do you want to contribute a photo of you in recovery to be on the mosaic cover of my memoir? I can’t connect with everyone so please help share the message. If you have a photo of you in recovery, you qualify. It’s very exciting, taking a step towards feeling more involved with this community.
If you’re interested in giveaways, discounts and a contest to write a forward for an online recovery database that will be listed in the back of the book, you can join The Addict with a Thousand Faces Facebook group.
Thanks for the support y’all. I’ll use this post as a reference point as to where to begin and who to send the first cards out to (but please know a card from me is not necessary to be a part of this.)—Jake
(Music: Shpongle, When Shall I Be Free?)
😠Anger is a corrosive and overbearing emotion that impacts our physical and mental health. Although anger is generally perceived as a negative emotion, it is also a necessary emotion that can serve us. Anger is related to the “fight, flight or freeze” response of the sympathetic nervous system, preparing us to fight for survival when necessary. .
😠We all experience anger on some level. Anger becomes problematic when it affects our lives, be it in our relationships, careers, mental or physical health, legal standing, etc. Anger, when not managed or appropriately used, can be extremely detrimental to us and those around us. Anger can trigger self-harm, such as substance abuse, and can also lead to hostile and aggressive behaviors towards others. It can lead to prolonged release of stress hormones that negatively impact our brain and immune system. .
😠It is essential for individuals in recovery from addiction to learn to manage their anger. For some, seeking out a professional can be extremely helpful. Here are a few tips to help manage anger: .
✔️Practice mindfulness in order to bring awareness to your thoughts and behaviors. .
✔️Take a time out and use a meditative approach such as deep breathing, counting, or repeating a mantra. .
✔️Relieve anger through exercise, or take a walk .
✔️Talk about it with a friend or seek out a mutual help group. .
✔️Journal. Writing can be incredibly therapeutic. .
✔️Cognitive behavioral approaches to help restructure your thoughts. .
#anger #angermanagement #emotion #emotionalintelligence #meditation #breathe #trauma #cbt #addictionrecovery #soberlife #sober #knowyourself #triggered
✨Brand New Podcast✨
Alo's Alexis Haines (@itsalexishaines
) hosts a raw & touching new podcast, Recovering From Reality (@recoveringfromreality
). To listen, check out our latest Story for the link.
In the very first episode of Recovering from Reality, Alexis Haines focuses on telling her "official" recovery story. Alexis got sober at nineteen years old after facing up to six years in the correctional system due to addiction. As the former star of the E! reality series Pretty Wild who faced a burglary conviction as a member of the notorious "Bling Ring”, Alexis understands the power of storytelling and media firsthand. As a survivor of the entertainment industry, IV heroin use, eating disorders, rape, physical violence, and childhood sexual trauma, Alexis is continuing her life-long journey of personal recovery by connecting with others and sharing her experiences with the world.
#podcast #itunes #soundcloud #spotify #podcasting #podcasts #podcaster #recoveringfromreality #prettywild #alexisneiers #alexishaines #listening #instapodcasts #soberwarrior #sobriety #soberlife #soberliving #recovery #addictionrecovery #selfhelp
So this is something I have not done and didn’t know if I should or not, but here I am. I do some writing on occasions about real life situations and this is one that has been on my mind for a bit especially having worked with some people who have had addictions and seen people who have lost their life from it. So if you are dealing with anything in your life please contact someone that you trust to help you get through it. #addiction #addictionrecovery #help #helpingothers #call #heretohelp #writing #writingcommunity #photography #manipulation #creative #addictionhotline #lexingtonky #louisville #nashville #cincinnati #atlanta #nyc #la #conquer #conqueryourdemons
No where to hide
Every morning I look into the mirror
Or at least what I thought was one.
I thought a reflection of myself was suppose to show. But it doesn’t look like how people describe me.
The only thing that shows are cuts and bruises.
It seems like the demon inside of me is trying to come out.
Feels like by looking into the mirror it draws it out and almost into this world.
I turn away quickly when it seems to almost be through.
Asking for help I hear different answers. You are just seeing things, just ignore, or seek help in your own way.
I knew what I was seeing so I tried to ignore but after a few days there was no way I could not pay attention to that.
I learn to pray for help. I knew I needed to ask for prayer as well. I didn’t see change I was losing hope but someone once said don’t stop keep praying your answer will come. Next few days I see cuts or bruises slowly vanish. I could almost see my true self. They were almost gone but out of nowhere all the cuts and bruises were back. I’m scared, my eyes close and scream HELP OR IM DONE. My eyes open and I’m me. My demon is gone, I’m free. But the midst of silence I hear “until next time.” I know my place so I’m scared no more.
Just a steady stream of consciousness at the moment...
I am currently very new at being "sober." While I am still on a 'normal' dose of Klonopin (gee, I came by this addiction honestly? How does one come by it dishonestly?), I have been, am, and will be experiencing a broad array of symptoms that leave me in a bit of constant variety of moods and behaviors. This is the most sober I have been my entire adult life.
It's so bizarre.
One minute, I am very confident and feel really good (albeit, that is often after 3/4 cup of coffee and that is like coke for a Klonopin addict!) and the next minute, my confidence is gone and I am fearful of everything. Everything.
Everything also looks quite different.
The city where I currently reside. Social media and how we are all truly whores on it even more and more each day. Art. Myself. The aisles at the tiny Polish grocery store on the corner and just how all the products are neatly lined up. My relationships with people. Everything.
While I feel more alive, I also know that I have not been the easiest person to deal with always.
I'm not simple. I'm can be moody and temperamental. Dramatic. I have a foul mouth. Etc. I'm not perfect.
And, as I come to realize this more with just who I am and I am sick of being apologetic, I do thank the ones who have managed to stick by me through it all.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. 💓
#addiction #addictionrecovery #soberissexy #soberlife #reality #authentic #life #peace #blogger #blog #writer #art #human #friendship #love #loveyourself
49 Days Sober: I’ve recently found an artist I love listening to; @tashsultanaofficial
She has a song called Pink Moon that I love. So imagine my surprise when I look up to see a pink cloud sitting under the moon. Not quite a “Pink Moon” but close. Not sure I have ever seen a Pink Moon, have you?
#pinkmoon #moon #clouds #sky #sober #sobriety
Coffee.. ☕️ Or as I used to call it; Liquid Confidence. Because back in the days, coffee solved everything to me. Felt insecure, tired or cranky? (Or having to do something I did not like..) Black coffee please. Felt hungry? Soy milk cappuccino please. Didn’t want to go to the gym? Dubble espresso please. (And I thought it would help me exercise even ‘better’). And mostly, I drank coffee because I liked the ‘hyped’ me the most. The social me, always in for adventure, even when I didn’t feel like it. I wanted to always be bright and positive. Caffeine helped me with that. It wasn’t until I tried to quit my intake of caffeine that I realised why I was drinking coffee (most of the time) in the first place. It was such a quick fix; after my caffeine shot I instantly felt better. I drank so much coffee that I surpressed the signals that my body gave me. I slept really light and did not rest properly. After one year of living like this, I decided that I did no longer wanted to ‘change’ how I really felt. If I am tired, I want to take rest instead of caffeine. It wasn’t easy, actually it was confrontating to feel how I really felt sometimes. But after a while I started to feel more like myself again. And now I can just have coffee in my house without being tempted to drink it to feel ‘better’. Actually, I crave water and herbal tea mostly. Sometimes, usually when drinking something with a loved one somewhere, I feel like coffee and than I definetely order it. Sometimes with caffeine and sometimes decaf, really just what I feel like. Because to me, that is food freedom. And freedom to me, is daring to feel at every moment without trying to change that feeling. 🧡 Are you drinking coffee for the caffeine or for the taste of coffee?
#foodfreedom #feelings #intuitiveeating #coffee #caffeine #confidence #healthy #mindfulness #spirituality #awakening #embraceyourself