Recently this headline caught my attention – “Your Coffee Addiction is Officially Good For You!” Yes, finally something I’m addicted to might actually be good for me – woohoo! The headline comes from a panel called the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which gives the US Government recommendations of what to include in the dietary guidelines that they revise every five years and will be issued later in 2015. Continue reading Is Your Coffee Addiction Really Good for You?
Resentment – a feeling of anger or displeasure about someone or something unfair (1).
As addicts and alcoholics, nothing can lead us down the road to drinking, using and other forms of self-medication, like a good old-fashioned resentment! You know, those pesky feelings that creep up, day in and day out, as we replay situations over and over again in our heads, until they no longer portray what actually happened. In result, we wind up either feel so pathetically sorry for ourselves or reduce ourselves to such a degree of anger, that we could spit (as my mom would say). Continue reading How to Escape the Grips of Resentments and Harmful Expectations
Sixteen years ago, on 4/20/1999, as everyone was glued to their televisions watching the devastating aftermath of the Columbine shootings, my little world was changing forever as well. That day I awoke from what used to be called a “crank coma,” meaning a meth and alcohol withdrawal-induced, dead to the world sleep, in a jail cell. Yep, that’s where my addiction took me…locked up with the key thrown away for quite a while. Continue reading Susan’s Tips for Long-Term Sobriety
You have questions and we have answers! On this week’s edition of the Evolved Recovery Show we cover these questions:
- What meal tracking software do you use or like?
- What do eat when you go to a party or potluck?
- I’m trying out the eating strategies you recommend but my husband, kids etc. won’t go along with it. What should I do?
Yesterday I celebrated my (mumbles her age unintelligibly under her breath) birthday! My birthday and my sobriety anniversary are forever linked together in my mind as 16 years ago I knew in my heart of hearts that my drug and alcohol addiction neared the end, but I didn’t want to get sober because don’tcha know I needed to celebrate my birthday. Looking back, it still makes me laugh because it wasn’t even a big birthday, I turned 32 (now I know you just calculated my real age in your head). At the time, I couldn’t get my noggin around having a birthday sober so I partied like it was 1999 because…well, it was 1999! Continue reading 7 Things I’m Grateful for on My Birthday!
I was sober for three years when I got pregnant the first time. I was also on mental health medications that I didn’t feel safe taking during pregnancy so I weaned off of them. They had never worked well anyway because I was wrongly diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Instead of seeking out better help and finding the right medications and right diagnosis, I demonized mental health medication and vowed never to use it again. I ended up letting go of my sobriety a year later and white knuckling through the ups and downs of my diseases (mental health and addiction) for the next decade.
I spent years trying every natural concoction for mental health. Juicing, smoothies, supplements, yoga, herbs, and some wild berry from some rain forest that claimed to be the cure all. There was no end to the lengths I would go to feel sane as long as it was “natural.” Every time I hoped the next thing would be the thing that would fix me, but it never did. I just ended up having severe mood swings.
My sobriety birthday, or anniversary, is coming up next month. This time of year I tend to become introspective about the passing years and take some time to remember where I was 16 years ago and all the trials and tribulations I’ve overcome in achieving sobriety. I’ll share some of these thoughts with you over the coming weeks. I can’t believe almost 16 years have passed since I took my last drink of Hot Damn 100 Cinnamon Schnapps in the parking lot of a Home Depot and did my last hit of crystal meth in a lonely motel room. In hindsight, if I had a choice, I probably would have picked a better last drink than that!
In any addict’s life there is a time when the addiction is so consuming that they have to make a decision to either let go of the addiction or risk losing what is precious to them. For parents in addiction, we risk losing our children. Perhaps it’s losing them physically because they are taken away or we let them go because we are incapable of caring for them. Although we may not lose them physically, living with our addiction damages our emotional relationship with them. As a mother of four daughters I can attest to the latter.
We’re back with episode 10 this week discussing an article in the news that sent out a survey to study whether heavy drinkers are alcoholics.
Free guided mediations about acceptance and finding and connecting with your higher power HERE!
Susan’s article: Tips on Coping With Disappointment