One year ago, I could not envision staying sober for an entire day. One year ago, I was completely broken on the inside. One year ago, I could no longer endure being me. One year ago, I felt absolutely worthless and undeserving of love. But now? Now I wish I could place my heart into your body, if only for a split second – just so you could experience what it feels like for me to be alive today. Gratitude.
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At around 10 years of sobriety, I felt like I was a fraud. I just didn’t have a God. The Group of Drunks (GOD) was no longer enough to keep me sober because I began to see great (human) fallibility. So I decided not to go to meetings any more, as they no longer were a source of inspiration. This did not go particularly well.
These doctors are usually compassionate people, dedicated in the extreme to the well-being of their patients — to their own detriment and often that of their families. They tend to be perfectionistic, obsessive and rigidly self-controlled. Stressed and lacking healthy coping strategies, some find ease and comfort in drugs or alcohol. Thus, the seeds of abuse and dependence are sown, especially when there is a family history of substance use disorders.
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My journey to recovery began with anguish and hopelessness. My beloved child was sinking deeper and deeper into life-threatening addiction. I didn’t know where to turn. I was hoping for an instant solution to all the heartaches and frustrations that come with loving an alcoholic. It was not to be that easy.
Who are your Facebook friends? Are they the winners you want to be sticking with, or are they the old crowd you know you should be distancing yourself from? Because social media can be such a big part of our lives, revamping your online presence is as much a part of recovery as changing up the rest of your social habits.
Before going into treatment I thought I was different than everybody else, looked down upon in society, and would never be accepted. When I walked into that treatment center, the first thing I learned was that addiction can impact anyone, no matter what sex, age, race or religion.
ADDICTIONS IN THE WORKPLACE SYMPOSIUM Presented by Renascent & Family Services EAP- Saint John Join key contributors and addiction professionals as they discuss and share essential information on the effects of, and the solutions to, substance abuse in the workplace. When: Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 Where: Crowne Plaza, Moncton. Downtown Centreville. 1005 Main St.…