Good afternoon! My name is Lauren, and I'm a grateful, recovering alcoholic/addict. In years past, I decided either to skip out, or leave early at a lot of family functions or holiday get togethers. My priority was getting that vodka, or whatever alcohol was closest to me, back in my system. Today, I enjoy celebrating holidays and special occasions. This past weekend, one of my brothers got married. It was a beautiful wedding. We all had a great time, and I had a great time sober. I also celebrated my 20 months sober the same day. It also, ironically, was located at a winery. I smelled wine a lot of the time, and it would bring back memories, but I knew I didn't want it, because I also remembered what I would do. I would get right back to where I was is a minute, and it would be over. It was fun watching all the drunk people by the end of the night though, and I knew how they would feel in the morning. I don't miss feeling like crap, I will tell you that! But I'm not judging, some people can drink, I just know I can't. So congrats to Phil & Mary! That's all I have for today! Have a great one!
Good afternoon! My name is Lauren , and I'm a grateful, recovering alcoholic/addict. As humans, we hate to be told things over and over and over again. But that's the only way we learn, by repetition. We learn things by practicing things. Some of us fell off of our bike 50 times before we learned how to ride it. Some people played soccer for 20 years to play in the Olympics. People practice things over and over and over again to get good...to get great at it. Once we repeat something so many times, we believe in ourselves. We become good at it, and we continue to work at it. This can go for many things in life, obviously for sports. But when you talk about sobriety, you don't get 'good' at it persay, it just gets easier. Yes, it's still one day at a time, but when it becomes routine, it becomes more natural. Just keep doing the next right thing. That's all I have for today! Have a great one!
Good afternoon! My name is Lauren, and I'm a grateful, recovering alcoholic/addict. Our attitudes of how we handle different situations says a lot about ourselves. If we've been through some rought times, we don't have to have a pity party or dig the hole deeper. If we fall down we can get back up, falling down is part of life. Everyone has their struggles, some just are better at hiding them. Some have more than others. Everyone has their demons, they come in all shapes and sizes, in all different forms. It could be financial, or drugs or alcohol, it could be gambling, or food, or coffee or cigarettes. Maybe you think you cuss too much, or yell at your kids to much, or fight with your spouse too much, whatever. Everyone struggles with something, but we just get back up, pray, ask God to help us get through it, and put one foot in front of the other. We take it day by day, sometimes minute by minute. That's all I have for today! Have a great one!
Good afternoon! My name is Lauren, and I'm a grateful, recovering alcoholic/addict. Being happy is a very hard thing to describe. I have talked about this before. There are many different things that make people happy. Money makes some people happy, but probably not forever. Having nice things, nice cars, nice clothes, but those are all material things. Do those things really matter? We don't get to take those things with us when we die. What was going on inside my head was what was making me crazy, when I was drinking and using. When I get inside my head, I think too much. I think of all the things that could happen and could go wrong, that never do. I make up all these crazy senarios of unrealistic situations and let my mind take over when I should be giving it to God and getting out of my head. Sometimes, most of the time, I just need to pray. I have finally realized happiness isn't getting all the things I thought I wanted, a newer car, a bigger house, a better job. It is just figuring out who I am and being about to stay out of my head, and give things up to God, and love myself for who I am. That's all I have for today. Have a great one!
Good morning! My name is Lauren, and I'm a grateful, recovering alcoholic/addict. When I first got sober, focusing on one day at a time was a hard thing. Staying sober for forever seemed impossible. I was taught to keep it simple...just to worry about today. One day at a time. Sometimes one hour at a time. I don't need to worry about if I'll be sober 5 or 10 years down the road, I just need to concentrate on today. I don't want to drink today. I want to do something my future self thanks me for, not regrets. All I have is today. I am not promised tomorrow, but I want to do the best I can with what I have, so if there IS a tomorrow, it is a great one! And I made it better because of the choices I made, the good decisions. That's all I have for today! Have a great one!
Good morning! My name is Lauren, and I'm a grateful, recovering alcoholic/addict. I forgot to mention that on September 27th was my 1 year anniversary of this blog! I thought that was really cool! It totally slipped my mind, I knew it was coming up, I see it on the right hand side all the time. But wow a whole year. And today I have 599 clean and sober! So many things I have written about in a year. I have so many favorite quotes! I think this quote can wrap it all up of my feelings and advice for today. I know there are a lot of people in my life and family hurting or going through struggles right now, even people I don't know, reading this, remember these three "P" words in all you do. Be Positive, Patient, and Persistent. Thinking negative thoughts will get you nowhere. They will only get you farther from your goal, or dig you farther in your hole. Be patient with others, your husband, kids, and parents. Be patient with your friends and strangers on the street and most of all be patient with yourself. Be persistent in everything you do. Do your best and give 110%. Teach your kids (if you have any) this too. Never give up. Believe in yourself. That's all I have for today! Have a great one!
Good afternoon! My name is Lauren, and I'm a grateful, recovering alcoholic/addict. One thing I have learned from newcomers in our meetings, is that I don't want to go back out there. That is one mistake I can learn from someone else. I don't ever want to go back out there again. Listening to someone detoxing and sharing their story reminds me of how I felt when I first walked in. I don't ever want to feel like that again. Another thing, if I went back out, I don't know if I would or could come back. There are also so many other mistakes I just don't NEED to make. Just seeing the hurt it does to someone else, I should know not to do it. Seeing either the physical, mental or spiritual damage it does should give me some kind of clue as to why I shouldn't do it. But then there are still times when I do these stupid things. Just remember, as much as possible, to learn from others, you don't have to go through the same hurt they did if you just learn from their mistakes. And like most things, it is easier said than done, but I will just remind you of this today. That's all I have for today! Have a great one!
I'm Lauren. Get inside the head of a recovering alcoholic/ addict.