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Quitting Drinking Without AA: Part 4
It has been my unfortunate observation, and it is with great confidence that I tell you: Individuals who find success through the program of Alcoholics Anonymous are usually at the end of their rope. Most individuals that I have met who succeeded using AA, did not find that success until after a traumatic event. Seriously! Most of the people I meet that found success using AA fit all the same criteria: They are over 35, they tried quitting their drug of choice for many years without success, and they had a traumatic event happen to them caused by their addiction. When I was 22 and I went to AA to seek help for my addiction, I was met with a wall of confusion and disappointment. AA doesn’t exist to help you make the choice to stop drinking, AA exists to help you feel comfortable after you have no other choice. People who go to prison for 5 years, or get into a serious drunk driving accident, or become divorced because of their addiction; these people and their experiences are nothing like me and mine, and hanging out with the folks at AA, I knew, would not have helped me avoid ending up like them.
It is of my belief that many of the people who quit drinking using AA, would have quit drinking even if the program did not exist. After you go to prison [because of your addiction], and then you get out, and you’re 38 years old with no college degree…that’s a good motivator to quit. Of course, I understand that AA makes it easier to quit, and there are definitely people who, even if they wanted to, would not have been able to overcome their addictions without support from AA. Still, I know there are a lot of people looking to overcome their addictions without using AA.
How did I quit drinking? There were multiple things I did in concurrence to find success overcoming my addictions.
First: I started watching ASMR. I believe that ASMR can be a great tool for individuals fighting recovery. I write this blog to help motivate people to try ASMR. If you like it, you’ll know. If you don’t like it? The ASMR Community Sobriety Program [ACSP] can be applied to visual content outside of ASMR, but the healing properties that I’ve experience from ASMR are unique.
Literally, I just watched a lot of ASMR. Thinking about having a drink? Try watching today’s video, and I am confident that by the time the video is over, your urge to drink will have passes. But I know it’s not as easy as that, because I listened to ASMR for about 4 years before I began using it to avoid alcohol. Up until that point, I had just been using ASMR to relax, and of course relaxing helped me in many ways, but eventually I started to watch the videos specifically to combat addictive urges, one urge at a time.
Second: I left my home town and moved into a hostel, where I worked 21 hours per week in exchange for a place to sleep and food to eat. At the time this massive lifestyle change was something that really scared me, but I am an entirely different man because of those bold choices I made. Leaving my hometown and traveling the world was absolutely one of the biggest contributing factors to my overcoming alcoholism.
Third: I smoke weed pretty much everyday. I wish this was a joke, but it’s not…I’m really writing it and I really believe that smoking weed is how millions of alcoholics and hard-core drug addicts maintain their sobriety. It’s taboo to say that! But I saying it. I smoked weed everyday before I started drinking [but not before I started using percocet. The first hard drug I ever tried was methadone at 17, and then it was onto the percs, and then I started sniffing heroin, and then after 21 I quit all those other things and started drinking a lot to replace my opioid addiction, but alcohol became a way more serious problem than anything else I had tried], and during my time drinking I would always allocate my money to alcohol instead of cannabis. However, every time I have had a steady income since the age of 19 [that’s when I started smoking weed everyday, but the first time I smoked was at 14 years old], I have taken to smoking weed everyday. I stopped trying to fight it. I quit AA, but I didn’t quit smoking weed. We will talk about safe cannabis consumption at a later date…perhaps tomorrow.
Forth: Find a passion, and maybe that is opening a business. There have only been 3 significant times where I have stopped smoking weed. When I went to jail, when I went to India, and over the past 6 months because I have spent all my money starting this blog and it’s pairing t-shirt business. Sometimes it’s very difficult, and my days are full of hate and anger, but I don’t have a drink. Sometimes you just have to suffer, but if you utilize forward thinking and goal setting, you will not suffer fruitlessly.
x. Spark Twain
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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