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Addiction Recovery Can Be Simple
The steps to overcoming an addiction are simple: Identify your problem, and then implement solutions. Sounds too easy, right? Well, yeah. Recovering from an addiction is one of those “easier said than done” things. That doesn’t change the fact that at it’s core, it’s a two step problem. The first step is a doozie, because as we all know, admittance is not easy. Those who hope to succeed from the wrath of their harmful chemical dependencies must be honest with themselves about what currently plagues their life. This is how I ended up quitting alcohol and opiates, but kept consuming cannabis, coffee, and kava; I was honest with myself about what was harming my life. If your goal is to be 100% sober from all chemicals, that doesn’t always align with financial independence and elongated happiness. Often times I worry that the confidence I have in my recovery will cause individuals in more structured recovery programs to disassemble what they know, and relapse! I smoke weed. I take trips to India. Hell, I lived with an alcoholic that was drinking everyday, and we shared a room! He would come home so drunk that he could barely walk. Am I ever going go back to drinking? Only if I want to! But why would I ever want to? Life is so good how it is. I don’t miss drinking, or opiates, or hangovers, or dope sickness, and I don’t feel like I am missing out on any of those things when I walk into a room full of individuals participating in such acts either. I don’t even miss the people I used to share those experiences with. I don’t miss the old me, because I haven’t changed that much, I just stopped drinking my regular 1 liter of whiskey per day, and I guess I feel like people like me more now? But I also like myself more, and that’s where the confidence comes from. I feel bad for individuals that bar themselves from cannabis and kava because they haven’t dealt with the underlying cause of their addiction yet. However, those individuals feel bad for me because I don’t get to experience the bliss of true sobriety. Can we both be right? I mean, we all agree that alcohol and heroin are bad, right?
Rambles on rambles. That was a long paragraph, but I think I’m going to keep it. Anyway, I do believe that addiction recovery can be simple, if you let it be simple. Start attending AA meetings to see if that is for you. Or you could try SMART Recovery, which is a science based-online model. You could tune into the Sober James YouTube channel everyday at 21:00 Eastern Standard Time. He leads a 12 step recovery group. Heck! If you’re reading this blog, I think you’re off to a great start! Am I an expert in addiction recovery? No, and not only because I am not certified, but also because I am kind of a stoner. That being said, I am still a confident voice in the realm of recovered alcoholics and addicts, and although I don’t think I can help everybody that is suffering, I know I can help a few.
If you are fighting addiction right now, and you need help right now, you’re going to need a plan. Today’s video of the day is 1 hour and 3 seconds long. What can you do for the next hour and three minutes to avoid drinking? Normally I suggest watching an ASMR video, and by the end of the video hopefully your urge to consume would have subsided, but today’s video is a bit different. There isn’t much to keep your attention on the screen, and so today’s video is all about listening to the sounds. Listen to the sounds of the water, and gaze upon the image of the screen; put yourself in a different world. A pirate world, perhaps. And then! Clean your house for an hour, or exercise, or do Yoga with Adrienne. Wash your car. Help your grandma clean out the fridge. Write down all the things you want to do after you quit drinking, because with planning, goal setting, and consistency, you will be able to accomplish those goals.
List all the reasons you want to quit drinking, and then daydream the results you will achieve once you do quit drinking. Envision yourself as an individual that hasn’t drank in 2 days, or a week, or a year. What are you going to be doing in 2 days; a week; a year to maintain your sobriety? You need a system. You need a reason. You need consistency. Eventually, you’ll need money. But you do not need alcohol. Make the logical choice today, and then set yourself up with an easy way to make that same logical derision tomorrow: The decision to not drink. Keep motivated! Things will get better. You will find happiness! Even if today happiness seems impossibly far away, it is an attainable goal.
Today, we’re going to keep it simple. One hour of not drinking. You got this.
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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