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25 Tips For Staying Sober

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This post will give you a nice handy reference to many tips for not just getting sober, but for staying sober. This distills the wealth of information on this blog—not all of it—but some of the basic ideas having to do with remaining sober for the long haul. 1. Motivate yourself every day It’s hard to think about your alcoholism, but it’s essential to give yourself a little reminder every single day. I’ve written, before, about various ways of remaining positive, and of gearing up for a good … [Read more...]

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Advice on Forgiveness for Recovered Alcoholics

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Forgiving without excusing. Being a recovered addict—of any kind—means more than just laying off the substance in question.  That’s kind of unfair, because doing just that is extremely hard.  But living as a recovered addict means keeping the rest of your house in order.  You have to get into harmony emotionally—it’s your entire emotional life that matters, since that is what will keep you from needing the substance. That’s why in this blog I’ll be talking about things having to do with a … [Read more...]

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Dry Drunk Syndrome–Is it Beatable?

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Don't feel the same after you've quit. A Definition of Dry-Drunk Syndrome When I moved from Albuquerque to Cincinnati, I went to some AA meetings and made it a point to network with recovering drinkers.  As you’ll recall from previous posts, it’s important to have at least some connection with recovering alcoholics as you go through your own recovery.  This helps commiserate and to not feel alone. Now, it’s important, of course, not to allow these friendships or collegial relationships to … [Read more...]

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Pros and Cons of Relapse Prevention

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Friends, today’s topic is something that quite a few recoverers may not know about.  Relapse Prevention is a while school of thought developed by addiction counselors and therapists and other professionals.  As the name implies, this approach explicitly labels the component of the process in which the recovered alcoholic could possibly hit a relapse. A report by Larimer, et al. discusses the Marlatt Cognitive-Behavioral Model.  First, this model aims to identify high-risk situations, such as … [Read more...]

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Breaking Good: What Breaking Bad Can Teach a Recovering Alcoholic

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Be the Reverse Walter White The great television show Breaking Bad is all about transformation.  It grabbed people’s attention because it showed such a shocking transformation, which was the centerpiece of a very controversial and hard-to-watch story.  We watch, season after season, a school teacher getting into the manufacture of crystal meth, becoming known for the purity of his product, getting mixed up with fearsome criminals, building a web of lies, killing people, destroying his family, … [Read more...]