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Addiction Recovery #8211; Discover the Power of Choice!

Success is a Journey

November 26th, 2013

Why Set Goals?

Peter Soderman, SMART Recovery ® Facilitator, Mexico

Most people understand that the best way to keep your vehicle headed straight on the highway is to focus your eyes on the furthest point you can see, and let your peripheral vision take care of what’s happening close to you. I was taught that simple trick in High School Driver’s Ed, and had it reinforced in every driving school I have ever attended.

The technique has the added benefit of allowing you to see trouble (like brake lights coming on) when it’s still far enough away for you to react in plenty of time. You can easily spot the drivers who aren’t doing this, their cars or trucks are weaving back and forth within, or slightly outside of their lanes, as they fix their gaze right over their hood and try to adjust to a position that is constantly changing.

A Better Way to #8220;Deal#8221; Than Drinking (or Drugging)

November 19th, 2013

Working out can help you sober up

Anne M. Fletcher, M.S. R.D.

#8220;#8230;one of the more promising and least talked about tools for treating and recovering from addiction is exercise.#8221;

My drinking began the way drinking usually begins: as part of teenage havin#8217; a good time and rebelling against strict parents. I wasn#8217;t one of those drinkers who fell in love with alcohol at first sip. No, I had to work at it.

To this day, I curse #8220;Martini Mark,#8221; a former flame so dubbed by my roommate and me because he #8220;taught#8221; me how to appreciate the gin-and-vermouth combination.

When I was in my 20s, wine and occasional hard-liquor drinks on weekends became nightly martinis. Alcohol came to fill a hole in my spirit, temporarily erasing any sadness, stress, anger or guilt. I craved alcohol, but I also longed to be healthy, both physically and emotionally, and this inconsistency made me feel terrible.

During my years of heavy drinking – primarily from my mid-20s to my early 30s – I was a jogger, often covering five miles, five times a week. But I used exercise as a punitive device: It redeemed me after an evening of drinking. Slowly, though, I began to realize that when I exercised, I felt better both in body and mind.

With the help of counseling from an addiction psychologist, I eventually quit drinking and learned to get my emotional needs met in ways that really did make me feel better. Read more

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