Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sobriety Anniversaries - The Celebrations & The Triggers

You've kept sober for a year, doing daily work to shine gentle, healing light on the roots of your disease, to heal yourself and your relationships, and to recover the core of who you are.  A sober birthday is a cause for celebration!  Then why does it feel so...strange?  Sobriety anniversaries are a mixed bag of emotions - elation and satisfaction as we reflect on the positive outcomes sobriety has brought to our lives - but also fear and uneasiness, perhaps even the potential for relapse.  Join us as we speak to guests at various stages in their recovery who have dealt with recent anniversaries and share their experiences with these emotional landmarks.



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7 comments:

  1. You guys helped me through my first 12 days. The I gave in and it has been a struggle again. So today is a new day and I loved what Jenny said about how she knew she was at the end of the addiction. Feeling sick in her soul and disliking the taste. I have been feeling that for a year. My body revolts at the idea of beer and cigs but I will force myself. Yet I feel hollow and nauseous. I have to listen to my body for the first time in my life.

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    1. I am sorry for the late response - just seeing this now. It is not easy in the beginning, but stick with it and it will get better. You can do this. Have you tried attending any meetings or seeing an addiction counselor? Meeting others who understand how you feel can be the best thing you do for yourself.

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  2. I am one day sober. This is my second attempt this month. When does it get easier? How do I get a sponsor without joining AA? I am 34 years old with a daughter and I am successful at work. I listen to your stories and I know alcohol will ruin me if I don't stop. I am doing a Grattitude journal. Any advise? Feeling hopeless, shame and desperate. K

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    1. K,
      Congrats! When does it get easier? Good question hard answer...the answer is different for everyone and never for some...your perception and definition of "easier" may be a good start.

      Why do you not want to go to AA? It's difficult to get a true sponsor outside of the walls of AA...you may be able to spot people who are living the principles and surround yourself with them and you may be able to be lucky enough to find one that you can talk to every day, but for me the basis of our interactions with our sponsor and sponsees is based on the steps...do you have a Big Book?
      If you really don't want to go to AA you can meet with an addiction specialist and/or therapist...they won't act as your sponsor, but they will be someone to work with and talk to etc.
      I wish you all the best on this journey...I will be eight years clean and sober (God willing) on Sunday...there are lots of ups and downs...but life is better each day I chse to not use and drink and do the footwork...

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  3. Celebrations are so important not to recognize one person but to really celebrate the collective "we" and to show that the program does work. Just as this podcast is so helpful to so many and should be celebrated for the service it provides! Thanks ladies!

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    1. Thank you so much for your feedback! It means the world to us. And yes, recovery does work if you work it!

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  4. Thankful for everyday not using or drinking. The program AA/NA has helped so many including myself. For those of you struggling with addiction, go to a meeting - doesn't cost anything, something you might hear from someone might keep you sober for another day!

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