LIVING A SOBER LIFE

Julie in Sobriety
September 13, 2019

Being a Sober Mom in “Wine Mom Culture”

Let’s face it—sobriety isn’t always easy. Although it is extremely rewarding, if we are being completely honest, sometimes it can be hard. On the same note, being a parent isn’t always easy either, and although it is also extremely rewarding, sometimes being a mom can be really hard too.

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Julie in Addiction Recovery
August 6, 2019

Moving Past the Regret and Shame Created by Addiction

One of the hardest realities to face when first getting sober is owning up to the mess that was created from an addiction. At the beginning of my recovery, the gravity of my past hit me pretty hard and I wasn’t sure how I was going to move past all of it without drinking.

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Julie in Addiction Recovery
July 29, 2019

Getting through the First Year of Sobriety

Making any major life change is a challenge, to say the least. Overcoming an addiction? Well, that can be even more challenging. That’s not to say it isn’t possible—people recover from addiction everyday.

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Julie in Addiction Recovery
July 24, 2019

The Benefits of Exercise in Addiction Recovery

When a person is drinking regularly and using drugs they aren’t very likely to be exercising a whole lot. Between getting high or drunk and going through withdrawal or having a hangover it’s a little difficult to make time for a good work out here and there.

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Julie in Narconon Success
July 4, 2019

I Now Have the Spark Back in My Life

Before coming to Narconon my life was in liability. I was drinking heavily on a day-in and day-out basis. I spent twenty-three years of my life hiding behind a bottle. I used every excuse to drink. If I couldn’t find an excuse, I would drink anyway…

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Julie in Addiction Recovery
June 20, 2019

Gratitude: An Essential Part of Sobriety

Early recovery feels like a whirlwind of fluctuating emotions. The rollercoaster of learning how to live life without the use of drugs or alcohol can be pretty intense. It can be easy to fall into the trap of self-pity and ingratitude.

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Julie in Narconon Success
June 11, 2019

There Is Hope Around the Corner If You Are Strong Enough to Ask for Help

If I could talk to someone who is currently in the position I was in, I would say that “I know the moment seems dark, but there is hope around the corner if you are strong enough to ask for help. It’ll seem as if you’ve lost everything but you have your life and people who care about you. If you have a child, just know that you may be sacrificing spending time with them right now, but in the end, it’ll be worth it to be fully aware and really be there with them.”

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Julie in Addiction Recovery
June 5, 2019

The Importance of Self-Care in Addiction Recovery

During active addiction, people usually do not take very good care of themselves. Although addiction can cause a person to come off as selfish to others, they are not truly doing what is in their own best interest, but rather, what is in the best interest of fulfilling their addiction.

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Julie in Addiction Recovery
May 23, 2019

Seven Lessons I’ve Learned During Seven Years of Sobriety

Seven years ago I made a decision that would entirely change the course of my life. I decided to get help for my addiction and to make a serious effort to change my life. I was sick of living a life of active addiction and tired of hating myself for it.

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Julie in Addiction
April 29, 2019

Myth: You Have to Be an Alcoholic in Order to Have a Problem with Alcohol

I’ve heard this time and time again from people and it is usually in the context of somebody trying to downplay their unhealthy relationship with alcohol. Sometimes people will try to defend their drinking by saying they aren’t an alcoholic and they can stop any time they want.

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