Anonymous Story

Well, I’ll try to keep my story as brief as possible.

I’ve been around alcohol my whole life as alcoholism runs in my fathers side of the family and he drank heavily until the birth of my younger brother then he somehow managed to cut down to only three beers a day. How that is possible I do not know nor will I try to figure out being that is impossible for me. I have heard the stories that as a baby he’d put whiskey on my gums while teething or a “hot totty” was good to put a sick child to sleep quickly. Although I can not remember much of that so cannot attest to the truth of it.

I grew up with everything I needed and some of what I wanted in a very good household with two loving parents who would’ve done anything in the world for me if they could. I was forunate enough to be involved in various music programs and learning to play various instruments since middle school. But, I was definitely always very shy and insecure about myself and never sure why.

Always searching to find where I fit in and with whom I best fit in. I eventually fell into a crowd who seemed very confident and happy (Or so I thought). Was offered my first drink and from the first time I drank, I drank alcoholically. At first and for quite some time I would drink as often as possible feeling great and on top of the world every time I did. I have very few to almost no trouble with the law due to my drinking, but it eventually led to me chasing the first drink I ever had and the feeling of being confident and comfortable in my own skin and could never find it again no matter how much or often I drank. I just kept drinking more and more and feeling worse and worse.

Finally a year ago I had stumbled onto this site, lurking around, reading what others had to say about sobriety and recovery. I read posts from those who had a good time in sobriety and from what I read I wanted what they had. So I joined the site on my first 24 hours without a drink which was 2009FEB05. Posted some, recieved a lot of helpful advice and suggestions. One of which was trying a 12 step program or something face to face that was recovery related and had read many good things about AA. So the following week on 2009FEB10 I had attended my first AA meeting. I was definitely scared at first, shy, wasn’t sure what to expect. But, it turns out to be the best thing that has ever happened to me.

Now with a year in sobriety and recovery I have a great sponsor, wonderful friends to share and make great memories with. And it all has taught me and will continue to teach me 12 principles and many tools I will be able to use and find helpful throughout the rest of my life. Through using these in my life to the best of my ability I have found a peace, serenity and sense of belonging I have always wanted my whole life and wouldn’t trade what I have now for anything in the world. It has been a great experience. And I honestly believe I am a miracle of my Higher Power working in my life to help to stay on a great path of recovery. And it is proof enough to me that I can stay sober if I’m willing to do what is neccessary for me to do to stay sober. It is possible for anyone to enjoy a sober life that is happy, joyous and free.

5 tips to Help you Recover From Addiction

Recovery from addiction is a worthy pursuit that will require a lot of effort on your part. You will need to learn how to take advantage of everything that is available to help to recover. Here are some tips to help you get started.

1) Start a Recovery Journal

You can think of recovery from addiction in the same way that you would think of a weight lifting program. Both of these things will require a lot of effort on your part. If you ever take this for granted, you are bound to slip up. However, if you keep a journal your recovery will never be too far from your mind.

2) Connect With Other People Who Are Also In Recovery

There are a lot of ways in which you can connect with other people who are also in recovery from addiction. A great place to start is a twelve step meeting in your area. If you are hesitant to attend a meeting, you can look online for support groups at first. In either case you can find support groups to go to while being able to maintain your confidentiality, in case that is a concern of yours.

3) Find Someone Whom You Can Talk To

Whenever you are undergoing recovery from addiction, it is important to find someone whom you can talk to. This doesn’t have to be someone whom you will feel embarrassed by, it simply needs to be someone who can be there to talk to you while you are undergoing recovery from addiction.

4) Replace Your Addiction With A Talent

As you undergo recovery from addiction you should not spend a lot of time alone. This will only make it more difficult for you. You can start going to the gym, or learning a hobby that you have always wanted to learn. Check online for clubs or groups of people that share a similar interest with you. There are many others things that you can do in order to fill your free time so that you won’t feel as bad as you undergo recovery from addiction so never give up on yourself.

5) Educate Yourself On Recovery Techniques

While educating yourself about techniques to use for recovery from addiction may be last on this list, it is still really important. Remember, you cannot afford to take your recovery from addiction lightly or you will get caught off guard. In order to keep this from happening, you will need to educate yourself about your addiction and always remain teachable. The best way in which to do this is with the help of a twelve step group and/or a professional. More specific techniques will be written about in future articles.

Recovery from Addiction: A Brief Summary

There are millions of people around the world who suffer from the unfortunate affects of drug and alcohol addictions every day. Drugs and alcohol can have overwhelmingly tight grips on the human bodies thought processes and over time your body depends on the drug to survive. To the individual, using will seem like a necessity. A day without their drug of choice is a day without reason, without life, and without excitement.

Ultimately, if the user is forced to go without drugs for a day, and sometimes two days, then the body will have terrible withdrawal symptoms. Like previously mentioned, drugs start to affect the body in devastating ways. By taking advantage of your brain, drugs can manipulate your body and cause physical pain when you’re deprived of drugs. Some symptoms of withdrawals include vomiting, headaches, severe body pains and in some cases, death. Drugs are very serious and they progressively damage your body. If you don’t take the dangers into account before using drugs then you could deteriorate your organs and other internal areas to the point that your body is unable to recover. However, assuming that you’re in stable health and able to suffer through the withdrawal period, you can make a clean recovery from addiction.

Recovering from addiction is about changing your lifestyle, changing the crowds you associate with and changing the way you think. You should never let a product overtake your mind. If you control your own brain to rely on nothing other than yourself, no drugs, then you can essentially conquer addiction. Recovery from addiction is not easy. Often times an addict will recover only to be placed right back into society with the very people that encouraged them to try drugs in the first place. These types of friends or family members aren’t going to help you live the lifestyle that you want to accomplish. Quickly disconnecting yourself from their lives is the best way to recover from addiction. By doing this you can relieve the pressures and temptations of doing what they’re doing. After being an addict you have to avoid situations that are going to bring back memories and ultimately bring back temptations. Once you’re an addict you’re always an addict. You can’t just try drugs “one last time” or you will be saying that for the rest of your life. Don’t fall into a cycle of fooling yourself that you’re recovering. Seek help from a certified counselor and/or a 12 step meetings.

The Benefits of 12 Step Programs for Alcohol and Addiction Recovery

I would like to preface this article by saying alcohol is a drug. Therefore, I may use the terms “alcoholism” or “addiction” interchangeably, but in the end the road to recovery is based on the same simple principles. If there is anything that is crucial for an addict seeking recovery, it is 12 step programs. Here is something which will not scare off a person struggling with a drinking habit. In the company of like-minded people who are ready to share their experience strength and hope, addicts participate in such a simple yet effective way to combat addiction: one addict helping another.

12 step programs have a life changing effect on people’s lives. You will see people come to these meetings in the worst of shapes. Often you will see them look broken and weak in spirit when they stagger in for the first time. But the transformation that occurs in the same people after they have attended only a few of these meetings is sometimes nothing short of miraculous. You will see the same people looking far more hopeful and in charge of their lives. Gone will be the feelings of self-pity and uselessness. Instead you will notice the beginning of hope and resolve on their part. Just listening to the stories of former addicts, as well as those on their way out of the addiction is an enormous source of inspiration and motivation to these people. They see their situations and their lives reflected in what the speakers say at these meetings, often mustering up the courage to turn up for a first 12 step meeting. This is the first major step in the right direction.

There are two types of meetings: open and closed. Anyone can attend open meetings, including people in the health sector, family members, or anyone interested in learning more about addiction recovery via 12 step programs. Open meetings are typically beginner meetings that have at least one speaker that tells his or her’s story and how they recovered from their addiction. Closed meetings are reserved for addicts or people with a desire to stop using or drinking. Closed meetings also may have a speaker but have more specific meeting styles such as big book meetings, where there is discussion about a part of the basic text of a particular fellowship, or step meetings, in which a step is discussed every week. This information is based on the knowledge I have about meetings in my area. Meeting styles vary widely in different countries or even different states, but thankfully, the goal is always the same – to assist in one’s addiction recovery.