Good morning! My name is Lauren, and I'm a grateful, recovering alcoholic/addict. When I was drinking and using I was always looking for the answer to life...how to fix all my problems. I was thinking somehow I was the solution to overcome all the obstacles I had created for myself. I was nowhere NEAR the solution, I was the problem. I was lost and wandering in the dark, thinking I was alone. I was calling out for help, while God was by my side the whole time, sometimes carrying me through my hardships. My occasional foxhole prayers meant nothing, I just needed help for the moment. But when I was truly ready to surrender He was there. He was there ready to carry me out of the hole I had dug so deep. Today, He is my hope, my light, my strength, my comforter. He is always with me. He loves me and never leaves me. Deuteronomy 31:8 says, "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. " I truly believe this today. That's all for today. Have a great one!
Good morning! My name is Lauren, and I'm a grateful, recovering alcoholic/addict. I was fishing this past weekend for hours on end and was wondering how I could have the patience to fish for hours and only catch one fish, (it was a big one though) but can lose my patience so quickly with my children or husband. It's because I am selfish. I pray for patience and even THAT I want right now! I can't even be patient about getting patience. I guess that is something I am working on. Progress not perfection, right? God is making me work on patience daily, and that is what I need. And I understand it is not something once I get it I will just GET it and have it. It is something I have to learn to control. Self-control is another one. But we can keep that for another day. :) One day at a time right? Thank you Lord for today! That's all I got for today! Have a great one! Don't forget to check out my other site too! laurenyoderphotography.com and my store. Thanks for reading and don't forget to comment if you like it!
,Good afternoon! My name is Lauren and I'm a grateful, recovering alcoholic/addict.
With all the hype about the parents that were found in their car doped out of their mind, that “didn’t care about their child”, or “need to go to prison forever.” Let me start of with, this is just my opinion. I am not a doctor. I am not a psychiatrist. I am not an addiction specialist. I am a grateful recovering alcoholic/addict.
I did not choose to be an addict. I did not wake up one day and say, “I want to drink as much as I can for the rest of my life to ruin it.” I did not say, “I want to buy pot, then sell it, then do coke and more drugs.” I also did not wake up one day and start drinking a fifth a day either. It is a progressive disease. People don’t just wake up one day and say, “Hey, I think I’m going to walk the corners and find someone to sell me some kind of amount of that methamphetamine I hear is so good.” My brain was different long before I actually started drinking and using.
I have an addictive personality in alot of the things I do on a daily basis. It was hard for me when I quit drinking and using to not switch to something else to replace that, like food or cigarettes or sugar. I felt I needed to fill that time or void with something. I found I replaced it with things I used to do before I drank and used: photography and writing.
Addiction does not discriminate either. You can be black or white, rich or poor, a CEO or receptionist, working mom or college student. I thought that since I had my life together (or so I thought), I didn’t have a DUI, hadn’t lost my kids, still had my husband, and still had a job, that I was immune to this disease, that I did not have a problem. But the truth was I did.
This really might hit a nerve, but I was guilty of it as well. Another thing that bothers me is what if this picture above was a guy driving home with his child buzzed. He just had a few beers. He was barely over the limit. Should he get a DUI? Would that have gone as viral? I have seen people time and time again leave functions with their children in the car after “only having a few beers”, knowing good and well they were over the limit. Today I say something, and offer a ride. But in our society alcohol is legal. It is socially accceptable. So that’s what I thought. That’s why I switched from drugs to alcohol, and that’s what took me down. With alcohol I totally lost control. Is it because it’s legal? I could get it anytime I wanted. It’s sold on every corner, almost every restaurant. Beverly A. Potter & Sebastian Orfali said, “Because alcohol is encouraged by our culture, we get the idea that it isn’t dangerous. However, alcohol is the most potent and most toxic of the legal psychoactive drugs.”
I would have done anything for my kids, I loved them more than anything, but I couldn’t quit for them. The disease was stronger than my love. That’s how sick I was. Today I am clean and sober. Today with a relationship with God, my daily conscious contact with God, a good support system, meetings, a sponsor, and close friends in recovery as well, I can stay sober one day at a time. Only by the grace of God. God bless! Don't forget to check out my books in my store!
Good afternoon! My name is Lauren and I'm a grateful, recovering alcoholic/addict. I used to think that God would not give us more than we can handle, but now I believe that sometimes He does. He does so that we will have to depend on Him. So that we will surrender to Him and have to trust fully in Him. Sometimes we get cocky and think we can do things all on our own. We can't. We rest on our laurels. We want to be self-sufficient and not need anyone else. But the reality is that God created us to need him, and sometimes he brings us to the same place in our lives for us to learn something or to remember that. We need to always remember He is the reason for our lives. We were created for God, by God. Let us not forget that. When you feel like you can't take anymore, just give it to God, that's what you are supposed to do, anyway. That's all I have today. Have a great one!
I'm Lauren. Get inside the head of a recovering alcoholic/ addict.