Staying Emotionally Balanced in Recovery

Early in sobriety, I realized that this chaotic cycle and all my efforts to control everything made me absolutely miserable. All that drama made it hard to live, be happy, and stay sober at the same time. It just becomes too much work to constantly have to control everything around me.

Creating New Traditions for a Sober New Year’s Eve

Well, ladies and gents, New Year’s Eve is fast approaching! I think this may just be, by all accounts, the biggest drinking day in the entire world! And here we are sober! Oh, hot damn, how do we get through this night sober!? I have read lots of advice/comments on how to survive the New…

HALT: The Cue to Recovery Self-Care

HALT –  this tried and true slogan helps us to stay in touch with our feelings and needs. Sometimes the onset of anxiety or a sudden drop in mood can be traced to our having forgotten to eat so our blood sugar levels are off kilter. Sometimes we may be carrying a resentment, or feeling…

The Sober Holidays Survival Guide

Oh, what can be said about the wonderful holiday season!? It’s stressful. It’s demanding, it’s exhausting. It sure can be a challenge in sobriety! But it is nothing compared to the way I used to spend my holiday season… drunk and miserable. Today I make new memories. Sobriety gave me new life and a new…

Using the 24-hour Plan to Stay Sober

In our drinking days, we often had such bad times that we swore, “Never again.” We took pledges for as long as a year, or promised someone we would not touch the stuff for three weeks, or three months. And of course, we tried going on the wagon for various periods of time. We were…

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)

This is a topic that is dear to me, and a topic that I believe that I have not spoken about enough.  Most of us do not understand what abuse is, because often it is not physical in nature. Many victims go on for years not realizing that they have been severely abused, because they…