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The ASMR Daily 225
Don't Turn Around at 18 Months Sober
A Note: Today is Veterans Day here in America! My brother is active duty, but I had garnered a deep respect for members of the military long before he enlisted. National Defense is important, especially here in America. Costa Rica is, literally, just chillin. Did you know that? We play a different game here, and so we abide by different rules. There is only one member of the military I don’t have respect for right now, and that would be the top dog. Sorry…that’s just how I feel. I’m not really that sorry, I guess. Thiz what is it is. Facts about today: Most banks are closed, but the stock market is open. Also, entrance fee’s for national parks and national forests are waived today.
Some days I wake up so sad…and I really feel like what I am doing here is useless. But when it comes to addiction recovery, you’ve got to fight through those days, no matter how difficult. If you break down and consume your drug of choice, everything you’ve worked for vanishes. Well, it feels like it vanishes. The knowledge you gain is forever, but so are the mistakes that allow you to gain that knowledge.
To fight through addiction, you need to be self reliant. I know I know, everyone else goes to meetings, but I’ve met enough people that are not helped by those meetings to make the assertion that being self reliant provides for more stability. Look at the condition of the world right now! They are not having the meetings, or at least, they have moved the meetings to be virtual. For those that are self reliant though? The lack of meetings is a non-issue. I didn’t even consider the lack of meetings, because I have never gone to one throughout the entirety of my sobriety journey. Can you rely on me? Can you rely on this blog? I’d like to think you can, but I can’t teach you that that is the right thing to do. If you need this blog in order to stay sober, what happens if I get hit by a bus and stop publishing? Are you going to go back to consuming just because I am no longer here to distract you from your demons? Doubtful…some would go back to consumption, but many would not. I believe receiving assistance from this blog makes you pretty self reliant, just how I believe watching ASMR videos makes you pretty self reliant.
I’ve been on those Reddit threads where people talk about their sobriety, and I’ve read posts about people who, 18 months into their sobriety journey, are having a difficult time and are on Reddit wondering if sobriety is even worth it. Something is wrong with that picture. Somebody is failing that person, because at 18 months sober you should be wayyyy moved-on-to-the-next-thing. Money plays a key factor – you need money. If you move to San Francisco you will have a better opportunity to make money. My suggestion is to go there and sleep under a tree in Washington Square Park while you look for a job and wait for your first paycheck. This lifestyle would pair well with a Planet Fitness membership [so you can shower]. Do you believe me? Do you fucking believe the words I’m telling you? Would you ever go to a meeting an expect the people there to tell you to do anything in your power to get to a city and then sleep under a tree while you find a job and wait for a paycheck? Most people think I am out of my mind for suggesting something like that, but I think the ones who aren’t considering it are the crazy ones. Have you ever spent even one night sleeping outside? And I’m not talking about camping, you damn well know that. If you have never even spent a single night outside, then everything you fathom about that lifestyle is totally and absolutely based on assumptions and 100% in your imagination. Is it enjoyable? Hell no! But sleeping outside doesn’t make me want to have a drink. In fact, it kind of serves as a reminder that I don’t want to drink – so I don’t have to fucking sleep outside anymore. You know what I’m saying? I could talk all day about this, but honestly I am kind of having a bad day, and I am going to go back to sleep for a couple more hours to try and improve my mood [I only slept for 5 hours]. You? You should try this ASMR. You should let your mind wander until it stops. You should not worry about anything. There is further room for you to fall, and if you’re reading this blog, you’re making a really strong effort not to fall further. You deserve to have a good day, and although that doesn’t guarantee you will have one, it does mean you should try. But since to try implies failure, you should just have a good day. Do the mental gymnastics required for you to be able to say that you are having a good day, no matter your circumstances. I will talk to you tomorrow.
x. Chris Armstrong
Everyday Sobriety Advice
I am a recovered alcoholic/drug addict, but I am not a qualified addiction counselor. To help other alcoholics/addicts achieve sobriety, I have created the mantra’s below. Although I call them “steps,” I believe that all four mantra’s should be recited in concurrence.
When the urge to drink alcohol or use drugs comes upon you, I suggest reciting these four steps, and then implementing an activity to “kill time” until your urge to use drugs/alcohol is less intense. I suggest you use ASMR videos to “kill time”
Good luck, My Friend
Below are the steps of admittance required for using The ASMR.Community Sobriety Program [ACSP] successfully.
Step 1: “Sobriety is a choice, and it is up to me to make the right choice.”
Step 2: “Not everybody will be able to achieve sobriety, but that knowledge does not prevent my success regarding sobriety.”
Step 3: “The urge to imbibe (substances that I know will prevent my success) is finite. Sometimes the urge will exist, sometimes the urge will not exist.”
Step 4: “Sobriety is not the same for everyone. Success is.”
I believe the steps I listed above are a complete, non-exclusionary list of all mental admissions needed to achieve your goals regarding sobriety.
Everybody’s definition of sobriety is different, but everybody’s definition of success is the same.
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If you would like to learn more, make sure to read our Philosophy Of Addiction Recovery 1.
For more daily support, check out Sober James on YouTube. He does a livestream every night at 21:00 Eastern Standard Time, and his live streams are a great place to receive support, gain motivation, and listen to encouragement in regard to addiction recovery. His program is based on the Twelve Steps.
SMART Recovery is another great program for individuals who are ready to tackle their addictions.
If you are seeking spiritual guidance, I highly encourage you to check out Tarot Reader ASMR. Her name is Amalia, and she is a kind-hearted individual with a skill for bringing us closer to ourselves.
Don’t underestimate the power of Yoga! Specifically Yoga With Adriene. My shoulder is broken, and so you can do some Yoga for me too. I really wish I could…
If you are looking or more information about ASMR, I’ve found the best place to learn about the subject is ASMR University. Their information is accurate [to the best of my knowledge], and plentiful. I mostly work with the application of ASMR, but there is a whole lot more to ASMR than using it to gain sobriety or fall asleep, including the history and the science of it.
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