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|Posted on January 11, 2015 at 8:27 PM||comments ()|
Yes, Christmas, 2014 is gone and 2015 is here already. I am happy to say that the recovery from addiction and co-addiction that my husband and I are experiencing makes that recovery even more dear and important. No more drinking, bad behavior, bitchiness, worry, fear and hopelessness as was our plight over 30 years ago. Instead facing the whirlwind of the holidays, sober and sane and "keeping it simple" has won out over the call of the return to addiction. It took one minute at a time, one hour at a time, one day at a time until one week went by followed by more weeks stretching into years and now we are at 30+. Thanks to the Higher Power in our lives and our efforts to live a life free from addiction, we have succeeded. I am not bragging but just acknowledging that making a positive change took acceptance that there was a problem and doing something about it. We were blessed that the resources we needed were there for us right when it was imperative for us to find them. A twelve-step program and its supportive members, a thoughtful and knowledgeable chemical dependency counselor who provided the new information we found to be critical yet manageable to guide us on the path to recovery and the strength and persistence to "keep on keeping on" toward our goal made the difference between success and failure. I wish all of your readers the same success and welcome any questions that you may have about this process.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
|Posted on January 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM||comments ()|
When we are constantly being bombarded by the media with the bad news of the world, it is challenging to see the positives in life. However, for those of us who are recovering from co-addiction or addiction, our blessings are with us everyday. For instance, a neighbor of ours telephoned my husband right after Christmas saying "Isn't it great to be sober during the holidays?" This was another reminder of the good feelings around sobriety and recovery that occur. Having that beneficial goodness being pointed out in a simple statement like this brings a smile to the face and a warm feeling in the heart. It is easy to forget how important the positive impact of recovery is on our lives when things go so much better since that change was made and it seems routine. It's like when I faced the diagnosis of breast cancer, I lived and breathed that disease and treatment every waking moment for months. It was never out of my mind and heart. Now, thankfully 13 years later after the diagnosis and treatment, I rarely ever think about that experience. When I do it is when another woman is dealing with that demon and I empathize with her in my waking thoughts. I am thankful for recovery from that illness when our family gathers together for special occasions and I can enjoy every moment; or when one of my granddaughters succeeds in her classes in Nursing School; or when another one is accepted into the Air Force, her waking dream, and we can cheer with her. I am alive and awake and say "Yes" to life! It's great to be here in 2014!