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Sobriety is Not the Same for Everyone
So you want to get sober? Well, the first thing you gotta know is that sobriety is not the same for everyone. I’m standing here smoking a spliff and writing at 03:20 in the morning listening to L.I.B.R.A. by Clifford Harris. AKA TIP. Also known as T.I. But, the point is that I have been free of my addiction to alcohol since July 4th 2018, and I haven’t done any opiates in even longer than that.
Do you listen to rap music? I find it quite motivating, but it’s not for everyone.
I know that my lifestyle isn’t for everyone either, but I also know that for some people, it’s exactly what they need. You only live once! And then you die! You definitely gotta conquer your addiction issues, but don’t sacrifice a lifetime to save face. Sober James told me, via his live streams, that if he smoked a joint, all the sudden he would be smoking a pound, and then he would go back to drinking. Heard! Cannabis is not for everyone, but it’s definitely for me. IF you feeling the same way, say Ayeee. You can take Spark Twain out of California, but you can’t take California out of the kid. Oh and you might have noticed that I have begun to sign my name differently. This is because people keep asking me if Spark is my real first name, and, well, it’s not. Am I a man of many names? Yes. Am I a man of many personalities? Yes. The seeds of Spark Twain have been planted, but I have come to realize that he is too aggressive for the everyday bitter encounter, or better entrancement, and so I’d like you to meet Chris Armstrong.
One time I was in Arlington Texas, which is mostly a dry county; I could buy wine, but there was no hard liquor available in county. Or in the township…whichever. So anyway, I went into this store to buy some wine, and I grabbed two Mad Dogg 20/20’s and I plopped them on the counter. The guy asked to see my I.D. and I showed it to him. He handed it back to me and asked: How do you like California?
At the time of my trip to Texas, I did not live in California. In fact I had never been there. My DL said Wisconsin on it. WISCONSIN. Yet this man asked me how I liked California. I told him: I’ve never been. But I guess I should go now.
That’s my story! Kind of anti climactic, I know. The more exciting story, is a couple of days after that encounter I got pulled over while walking down the street and dancing like your average crazy person. I should have told them: I’m having a spiritual experience on the side of your avenue here, what’s the problem? But instead I told the pigs I was from Wisconsin. They looked at each other, and then looked at me: Wisconsin, huh? They handed me my license back and told me to have a nice day.
Yeah, I’d rather have a California reputation.
Near where I was staying was one of those take-a-book-leave-a-book libraries, and I left a note in one of the books. I wonder who found that note; this was in 2013. August. Oh, and of course I went and explored the area where John F Kennedy died. He was president! Yesterday I realized that if my kid ever asks me what the best job is [I don’t have any kids], I’m going to tell them President of the United States of America. That’s the best job. No cap.
Did you vote? Red, Blue, Grey, or Green?
If you are unaware, we have an opioid crisis here in America. Lot’s of people dying of opioid overdoses! Definitely more than ever in history. Just as I was writing this I thought I wonder if there is any correlation between political ideology and addiction. What do ya know?!
“Here’s the brutal truth: Trump country is also opioid country. Fully 77 out of 82 counties with very high rates of opioid deaths- defined as 15 people or more per 100,000 – voted for Trump in 2016.”
The Daily Beast citing this research paper.
Usually I only post one video, but today, since it’s a special day, let’s take a quick look at second video covering the opioid crisis, this one from Trevor Noah.
Things you’ll learn in the video:
A pharmacy in Kermit, West Virginia, a town of just 392 people, ordered 9,000,000 hydrocodone pills over a two year period.
Pharmaceutical companies spent 2.7 billion dollars lobbying for lawmaker support in Washington over the 10 year period from 2007 to 2017. In a year where Gun Rights Activists lobbied only 10.5 million dollars, Pharmaceutical Companies lobbied away 248.7 million dollars. This is the guy Trevor says helped to draft the first copy of the bill – You may know Linden Barber for his famous phrase: “Don’t hate the player, hate the game.”
President Trump declared The Opioid Crisis a Public Health Emergency, giving States access to a fund with $57,000 to help fight the crisis, instead of declaring it a National Emergency, which would have given States access to 23 billion dollars.
President Trump thinks kids should “take it easy on the alcohol.”
Trevor Noah on: The Opioid Crisis
Have you had enough of my for today? I’ve had enough of me for today, but you know what? I only just now poured my coffee! If you’re anything like me, your best move right is to put your stress and anxiety on hold for up to 30 minutes while you get spice.
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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