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The ASMR 142
La Sobriedad Es Muy Complicada
In order to title this post something which I believe to be “cleaver,” I used Google Translate. I probably sound like a nerd, don’t I? Not only in what how I went about about my translation, but also in the result I have received.
The only time I’ve felt confident in my skills as a Spanish speaker, was during my trip to Vietnam. “If this was Columbia, at least I would know how to ask for two glasses of water!” I thought. Over and over again I thought this; “dos aguas por favor,” but even without speaking any of the language[s] for any of the countries I visited, I still had an amazing time in South East Asia!
Many people will tell you that travel cannot be apart of addiction recovery. I beg to differ!
A good way to get yourself excited about traveling the world, is to immerse yourself in other cultures. Never before in the history of humanity has it been so easy to immerse yourself in somebody else’s culture. The theme for today’s Video Of The Day is: Dipping your toes into new experiences, and starting a self-sustaining cycle of motivation, by tapping into the unlimited wealth of new experiences our beautiful planet has to offer!
How did I keep myself sober while traveling the world? I let the individuals I met along the way continue to motivate me! I have become addicted to meeting new people! And in recent years, I have rediscovered a youthful love of learning and new experiences. How dangerous is an addiction to learning new things? Well, as safe that may sound, I still suggest you don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Remember! Before I started traveling, I had several years of ASMR Meditation under my belt, and I was able to summons calm emotions nearly everywhere, and at anytime. That was a practiced skill, and a prerequisite to my leaving home forever.
By practicing different methods of dealing with stress, I became confident in myself as a functioning member of society. No person that is routinely losing their motor functions or cognitive ability due to drugs or alcohol is going to be able to successfully move away from their home – away from their family – and settle into a brand new city. That scenerio just isn’t likely! So, although I was still drinking when I left Wisconsin, I had very firm and outlined goals, of which I intended to see through. I’d been trying to quit drinkings and doing drugs in Wisconsin for over five years before I decided to leave; don’t think I didn’t think it through!
The day I left Wisconsin and began my three week journey to Seattle, which was actually just the first leg on a 5 month jounrey to San Francisco – I made an investment in myself! I didn’t have much motivation left for me at home, so I spent the motivation I did have on my moving elsewhere.
Greatest investment I ever made!
When I lived in Seattle, Washington I met a man who claimed to be “The only convicted felon to hike the Triple Crown.” I met him just as he finished his third and final hike. Damn! He was excited! Thinking back on it, I didn’t appreciate it enough. But why? I was on my own journey! When I met that man…I was still drinking, I’m sure of it – don’t even need to think two seconds! Free beer every Friday and Saturday in Seattle; I participated in the free beer.
Working at the Green Tortoise Hostel allowed me to meet many interesting individuals, but only once did I meet The Convicted Hiker. If you know him, let him know that Chris says hi!
During my time working for GT, I also met an individual who claimed to have drawn the Canadian version of Inspector Gadget, and I believe it was on the air in 2017-2018 when I met him.
Do you think I was proud to introduce myself to these individuals as an alcoholic? Certainly not! My shame followed me everywhere! But I won the little battles before I obtained any big victories
At my time of meeting the Convicted Hiker, I would go on to quit smoking cigarettes less than two months later! How bout dat? Cash me outside – running laps! Quitting cigarettes was both a mental and physical victory in my fight to control addiction. Have I smoked cigarettes since I officially quit in September 2017? Yes, I have – and I am not ashamed to admit it! Alcohol and hard drugs are where I draw the line. Smoking a cigarette once and a while? As long as I am honest with myself about entering and exiting that stage of my life, and my smoking doesn’t harm or offend anyone I am around, I’ve decided that it is okay to occasionally give into my urges, least I die without doing what I enjoy!
I smoked cigs for 3 additional weeks in 2019 when I was in Vietnam, and then I smoked for 5 more week in June/July of 2020. What can I say? The stress gets to me, and I cave! However, when it comes to alcohol, I haven’t had a drink since before July 4th 2018, and I fully intend to never have another drink again. My abstinence from non-prescribed prescription painkillers and other street drugs that contain opiates has been going on even longer than my abstinence from alcohol; since 2015 perhaps.
Since 2015 I have definitely done hard drugs, but not opiates. Slowly but surely, I am drawing lines in the sands of my time [here on Earth], and making plans to never again step over the line.
When I was 19 years old, I quit smoking cigarettes for nine months, but…when I started delivering pizza I fell back into the habit. During my time delivering pizza, I was abusing Percocet quite heavily. Some individuals I’ve met have – or have had – addictions much stronger than mine. Is my method of sobriety going to work for everybody? I can only hope my methods will work for some people. Who will the ASMR Community Sobriety Program work for? At this moment, I am unsure, except to say it can work for recovering and optimistic addicts.
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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