For many years I lived in a mindset that the more stress I was under, the more powerful I was. By telling people how busy I was, I felt important. With a stress addicted life comes many negative behaviors. Being overly stressed meant I self-medicated more. For a long time that self-medication was alcohol. The only positive thing that came out of being a stress addict for me was eventual sobriety and finally learning mindfulness. Once the pain was no longer worth the power I thought I was getting out of being “busy,” I found solutions to living a more peaceful, balanced life.
Today we welcome guest, Allison Hudson, a blogger living in Charlotte, North Carolina. She started her blog, It’s a Lush Life, as part of a living amends to her younger brother, Will, who died in April 2012 from a drug overdose. Allison checked into a 28-day treatment facility six weeks after her brother passed away and has been sober since June 2012. She writes honest and openly about her struggles with alcoholism, her life in recovery, dealing with the untimely death of her brother and finding faith through it all. Today, Allison considers herself grateful to be an alcoholic and hopes to spread awareness, evoke compassion, and inspire those still struggling and suffering from alcoholism/addiction.
We’re wrapping up our food series with part three this week. We discuss what you can eat for optimal health.
“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” ― Bruce Lee
The old me was nothing like water. I fought everything I came into contact with whether I was in active addiction or just a dry drunk. The drug I loved most -sober or not- was control. Self will run riot to the extreme. My anger and control wreaked so much havoc in my life that I ended up laying in a hospital bed dying in 2010. That was one of the many bottoms that would lead me to a way of life with tools to become more like water. Continue reading Be Like Water…
This week’s episode is part two of a three-part nutrition series. Last week we busted food myths and this week we discuss the foods to mostly avoid for optimal health. Next week in our final part of the nutrition series we’ll discuss the foods to eat.
Welcome back to another episode of Evolved Recovery. This week we kick off the first of a three-part series about food with a myth busting show. There is so much information in the world about what constitutes “good” and “bad” nutrition. Much of it is misinformation and not based on scientific facts. We try to dispel some of the myths this episode.
Welcome back to the Evolved Recovery show. This week it’s all about the sleep. Are you feeling like a crazed insomniac or just feel like you never get enough sleep?! This episode is for you. We want to help anyone who isn’t sleeping enough figure out how to get some serious Zzzzz’s. Check out the show and please leave us a review on iTunes! We would be so grateful. Please send your questions and topics to email@example.com Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, download the MP3, or use the player featured below.
Well, actually I could expand that to say I’m a recovered alcoholic, drug addict, shopping addict, money addict, man addict and binge eater, but that would take too long so I’ll keep it short and to the point. For me, addiction is very simple- If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit the substance entirely, or, if when drinking or using, you have little control of the amount you take, you are probably an alcoholic or an addict 1.
I remember growing up, my farmer grandparents would go to bed before 9 and wake before the sun. They had earned it, working hard all day, but also resting in the afternoon when the Florida heat was too much to tend to the fields and animals. They, like most farmers, had a great understanding of what their bodies needed: rest and sleep to maintain a hard physical lifestyle. Now we stay glued to electronic devices and computers all day, do very little physical work that isn’t outside of a gym, and we don’t slow down for restful afternoon times that reset our clocks. We do mental work all day then do more work when we get home and stay up late for entertainment like television or social media. Burning the midnight oil has become a standard American attitude. But where it’s led is to a public health epidemic of insufficient sleep. Continue reading The Public Health Epidemic Not in the News: Sleep
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In this episode Susan and Kendall briefly share their experience in recovery. We discuss the perils of sugar addiction and its affect on one’s personal recovery from alcohol, drugs, food, and other addictions.
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