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Identifying Addiction

So you’re an addict, great, you have identified yourself as someone with an addiction. That’s a big and important step for yourself. You are being honest with yourself and tossing the excuses out the window!¬† First question you should ask yourself is, today, right now at this very minute, do i like where i am at with my addiction? How is it affecting my life? Do you feel ashamed? Do you feel you have no where to turn? Change is possible and immediate with the right treatment and the proper support. Even if you failed before, you have to drag yourself up off the ground, dust yourself off and say, today is the day that i fight for my success and overcome my addiction. MY life depends on it! There is nothing wrong with past failures. As long as we identify where we went wrong, we are sure not to repeat that failure again.

So the biggest step we are going to take today is deciding to make a change. How do we start? Well, there are several factors we have to look at that may affect our sobriety. This is the Identity Crisis, see below:

  1. Am I an alcoholic or drug addict? If you say no to this, then you are not serious about sobriety.
  2. Are my friends a bad influence? Will they keep me sober or are they the reason i party?
  3. What stresses do you have in your life and of those, do they trigger a need to get high or drink to cope?
  4. How do i feel about myself? Am i positive about myself? Do i feel hopeless, ashamed, embarrassed? Can i change the past?
  5. How will i keep myself occupied during my spare time so i don’t relapse! Who should i surround myself with during this important step?
  6. Who have i hurt or affected as an addict? Can i make good on the negative past?
  7. Should i tell my family? Will they help? Have i burned down any bridges within my network?

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Sobriety GuideThis is an introduction to our own Sobriety Guide. We created it because of our situation with not having the ability to attend an inpatient treatment program. When creating our Sobriety Guide, we looked at many programs available. We evaluated the AA 12 step program and various other programs. We then cut off portions that just didn’t apply to us, added some things that did and created some new approaches/ideas which then became our own hybrid program. We also believed this should be shared, not kept a secret or put up for sale. As of this writing, it has been just over 4 years since this journey in sobriety started and it’s going strong with zero relapse or mishaps. Our podcast from the beginning was extremely raw, very passionate and real. As time has passed, you see that trust has been rebuilt and the resentment gone. Hope has been restored and proven, but you need to believe in yourself and believe in your treatment and recovery.

So you’re struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction or know someone who is. You probably think becoming sober is an impossible goal, right? You probably feel recovery is out of reach for you and your situation is hopeless. Take a step back and think about this for a minute. Remove the word sober and replace it with say weight loss, or gambling addiction, or porn addiction, or video game addiction. No matter what your addiction is, many people deal with them everyday and many feel its hopeless that they will never beat it. This is the time, you really need to believe in yourself and make the effort to put yourself on the tract to recovery. It can be done if you want it bad enough or if there is something to lose if you don’t get a handle on it.

There comes a time where your addiction spirals out of control. Maybe that dream job you want to land requires a drug test. Imagine that drug test is one of the hardest of them all because they are examining samples of your hair and blood. You pretty much have zero chance passing that test and landing such an awesome job to propel your career to the next step. Continue To Full Article