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Quitting Drinking Without AA
Quitting Drinking without AA is not an impossible task, and actually, I like to think it’s easier today than ever before! Over the next few days, I am going to talk about my experience quitting drinking, and I am going to talk about how I used this thing called ASMR to help me quit, and I am also going to talk about where Alcoholic Anonymous came from, and then we’re going to talk about how addiction recovery is such a new concept that you shouldn’t get down on yourself for not being able to perfect it the first time through. As a humanity we are getting better with addiction recovery. For every person that recovers from addiction today, that will make it easier for those interested in addiction recovery tomorrow.
The year was 2013 when I first realized I was an alcoholic, and that was also the year I turned 21. I consider myself one of the lucky ones, to have learned about my addiction at a young age, and therefore I was able to combat it at a young age. Currently I am 28, with 2+ years of alcohol free living, no kids, and no money haha. I have never been happier!
The reason I have no money is because my eyes have been open wide to what the world really is, and I now understand that playing the slow game is my forte. You don’t need money if you’re planing to rob the liquor store; you just need the liquor store and some confidence. Maybe that was a really bad analogy for those who are trying to avoid criminal and substance abuse. If you’re planning for the cute clerk at the liquor store to give you a free bottle of liquor, you don’t need to bring any money to the liquor store, but you will need confidence, and as much charisma as my blissfully foolish friend Will has. He is also an alcoholic, and not a recovered one.
Over the last several years, during which I have been traveling and actively fighting my addictions, I have met hundreds of people who have overcome alcoholism without AA, but you know what? YOU probably never meet those people! YOU who is stuck at that same job, or you who still lives with their parents but doesn’t want to be there. You who, every time they pick up the bottle, says: “okay, I’m going to drink this now, but I’m going to take it easy the rest of the day.” YOU who is too smart to not overcome their addictions, and get on with the rest of their life.
I’m 28 with two years of sobriety, and I’m still struggling to find my place in this world! Sometimes I think about shedding my dreams of being a popular writer, but then I remember everything I’ve fought for! It’s a gift and a curse, but I’d rather be an alcohol-free writer living in the streets than an actively-drinking writer living indoors. There is also a deep desire within me to be a business owner, and that desire has existed for as long as I can remember. When I was 10 years old my Grandfather gave me some guest passes to give out to my friends, because he worked at the YMCA, but I ended up selling them! He got in trouble for that. But as you can tell, I’ve been hustling for a long time.
Working a 9-5 job was never something that appealed to me. My first employer was this place called North Hills Country Club. My beautiful and platonic friend Karleigh got me the job, and she always seemed to like the job more than I. In fact, Karleigh seems to be better cut-out for contributing to working-class society than I am, and I envy her for that. She has a degree in massage therapy, and pretty soon she is going to be a nurse. Like many Milwaukeeans, I know she has had times where she struggled with drinking too much alcohol, but I wouldn’t call her an alcoholic, and really, I don’t think she has ever lost control of her life.
I write a blog because I cannot possibly cover everything I want to talk about in one day, and so to learn more of her story, you will have to keep tuning in to The ASMR Daily.
When an individual has an understanding financial literacy, a job is a blessing. When an individual does not have an understanding of financial literacy, a job is a curse. Financial literacy cannot be demonstrated without self-control. As addicts, we know we need to work on our self-control.
This video is perfect for what we are talking about today…it kind of turned into a ramble-sesh, didn’t it? As I said prior, to really get the most out of this addiction recovery blog, you will need to keep returning to read our daily articles. We focus on long-term wisdom, not short term knowledge. We, as addicts, already know everything we need to know. If not? We can see a doctor to discuss the science of addiction recovery. What we don’t know, is why we continue to use, so to help myself, and everyone understand that, I started this daily blog!
Today, just give the video above a watch-through, don’t stress, and really listen to the words that Miss Synchronicity says. She is dropping some serious wisdom in today’s video, and nothing she suggests is beyond what most individuals will be able to accomplish within one weeks time.
Alcoholics Anonymous makes addiction recovery sound easy. Just go to meetings, right? Well, as I am sure you are aware, AA focuses very specifically on only one way of gaining sobriety, and they make that singular way of recovery sound quite easy. The truth is, there’s a million different things you can do to help yourself overcome addiction, but unless you really want that shit, none of your efforts will matter. A lot of the people in AA aren’t even there to get sober, they are there because they have been ordered to attend AA by a court of law. This is without even mentioning that a lot of AA members have no post-alcoholism plans [Who are you outside of you addiction?]. To me, going to AA twice a week for 40 years constitutes an addiction to AA…which is not a problem, as long as you are willing to admit you’re addicted to AA. Have you ever hear that one before? Attending AA meetings is a good way to trade out your drug and alcohol addiction for an addiction to weekly meetings with old-timers discussing their golden years. For some people, that method works! But it didn’t for me.
My suggestion is that you get addicted to traveling the world, meeting new people, and listening to ASMR! Because, honestly, if you are an addict…I don’t think you’ll ever not be an addict, and so you must learn how to control your tendencies.
Tomorrow we will talk further about controlling tendencies without the help of AA.
x. Spark Twain
Everyday Sobriety Advice
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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