I HAVE CHANGED

Today I decided to take a trip down memory lane by reading my old blog posts from the beginning.

I have to admit there was a whole lot of anger and frustration in some of those past posts from 2011. Which is completely understandable, I was, for a long time a very angry and frustrated individual.

(You try living a life that you are tired of living, but can’t figure out how to stop. You would be angry and frustrated too).

Anyway as I was reading some of these posts I began to feel my frustration. It was like I was reliving the moment. It was an awakening of a major proportion. Have you ever been in a daydream that felt so real. Or awoke from a dream that was so real you swore you was there. Like I remember once I was having a crack dream and when I woke up I was kicking myself for using. When I went to check my stash spot nothing was there. After a while I realized that I hadn’t relapsed and it was only a dream but It was so real I actually thought that I had used.

But let me get back to the subject…

As a addict I have issues with not feeling like I am good enough or am doing enough. I am very critical of myself and can be my biggest cheerleader on minute and my worse critic the next. Self esteem issues from past failures play out in my head and sometimes can affect my mood. I am still in and will always be in the learning stages because fighting addiction is a lifelong battle. I do not stay stuck in that funk because I have done some work and can recognize my addiction coming at me from many different angles. But addiction is cunning, baffling and insidious so it can slip by undetected at times and later I will recognize it and change the behavior or attitude. I know that I have made some major strides in my recovery and although I hear it all the time I can rarely see it myself.

Today i got a chance to see it through reading my past blog posts. I am forever grateful that God of my understanding spared me and saved me from the horrors of active addiction. I will continue to do just what I am doing even when I feel it is not enough because I know I am doing my best. I might not feel like I have changed much but deep down inside..

I have changed..

I no longer struggle to move forward.

https://fromstruggletostrength.com/2013/08/25/the-struggle-to-move-forward/

MY FIRST BLOG POST 11.10.11

I woke up today grateful as always to be alive and clean.

I was feeling a little bit on the blah side this morning, but got up and went about my day as usual. My daily routine is the same everyday. I wake up, pray, watch the news for the weather, go to work, make a meeting after work and then go home, watch tv and blog for a little while then go to bed and do it all over again the next day. I am not complaining please believe me I love my ” normal boring routine”. Compared to where I have been, this is paradise.

Normally I like to write my post how it was in the past and how it is for me now in present day. Today I am going to do something different. I am going to let you read how it was for me in the past. Below is a link to my very first blog post back on November 10, 2011. Man I can only tell you that I am so grateful for the life saving message of recovery and to be finally living that dream. Thank you all for being on this journey with me.

https://fromstruggletostrength.com/2011/11/10/my-blog-the-life-not-fulfilled/

Anonymous People

I enjoyed reading this blog post and I will look for movie The Anonymous People on Netflix.
Thank you Hanje Richards

Hanje Richards

Recently I heard about a documentary called The Anonymous People.  It come up in a conversation about a possible recovery workshop. I was unfamiliar with it so  I took advantage of the fact that it is streaming on Netflix and watched the 90 minute movie about two weeks ago.

Logo for the movie: Anonymous People Logo for the movie: Anonymous People

Watch the movie!

This is a movie that explores the idea of anonymity in 12 step programs, and in particular in Alcoholics Anonymous.  Is anonymity relevant in the 21st century?  Is it time for addicts and alcoholics and members of other 12 step groups, to come out and proclaim their recovery, their affiliation with these anonymous programs.  Does the idea of “attraction rather than promotion” hold up in the society we now live in with electronic media and louder and louder advertising for alcohol, medications to take you up, settle you down, take…

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