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Monday, November 2nd, 2015
2:25 pm - Life after Rehab: The Perks of Being Sober

Originally posted by juliarogers2015 at Life after Rehab: The Perks of Being Sober
        Having successfully completed treatment is an achievement for someone recovering from the pitfall of addiction. For them, taking that remarkable first step towards sobriety is life-changing. Walking out of a treatment facility also means success. It’s important, however, to remember that life after recovery is a continuous battle. Getting clean and sober is not the endgame.

        Recovery is a lifelong journey with endless bumps on the road. There may be a feeling of sobriety today but relapse may occur anytime especially if the person is not guarded with life skills. This is the purpose of life skills, so individuals can use them along their way to sobriety.

        After recovery, there will come a point that a changed individual will go back to the real world. Only then will a person see how good it is to be sober. Once a person has returned to their regular environment, it may be stressful and overwhelming. Even though the surroundings are familiar, so much has changed, and staying sober and committed can be difficult at first. However, the benefits of sobriety will help an individual to see what they can regain by ending their drug use, and these are just a few of the benefits:

The feeling of being healthy

  • There’s nothing better feeling than recovery from a bad illness. Individuals may find ways to stay fit and healthy while in recovery. These can be used to take back their health and end the destructive cycle of addiction. The moment they stop their substance abuse, they can regain their health and allows their body to heal itself. When the body is strong and healthy, a person can more successfully heal their mind.

Increased Funds

  • Being able to spend money on comforts and necessities can make a person feel safer and secure as well as much happier. Recovery teaches a person how to spend their money wisely and once a person is not concerned with getting more drugs, they will have more money to spend on much valuable things. Individuals can work to provide for their family and their selves or go on trips.

Rebuilding better Relationships

  • Being sober helps a person to reconnect with his family and friends which were strained by addiction. Overcoming addiction helps them to regain the trust of her or his family and friends. When drugs are no longer the most important thing in an individual’s life, family, friends, and spouses can start to rebuild their relationship with the recovering person.

Liberty and Serenity

  • For the first time, a person will feel genuine peace and freedom not caused by an alcohol or a substance abuse but from self-confidence and the knowledge that he has overcome the worst of times. Addiction is no longer keeping the person from being truly happy and any problems which caused them to turn to drugs can be dealt with and overcome as well.

Astounding amounts of appreciation

  • Without substance addiction bogging down a person, they will have time to appreciate the little joys in life, such as the sun and the flowers, or the feel of a breeze, or the sound of the birds. A person can be proud of their success and those around him will be proud as well.The journey to sobriety is not a smooth road. There will always be bumps which drift a person high and low but these are necessary in order to learn and successfully recover. Overcoming addiction is truly life changing and anyone can accomplish it by getting the treatment available at recovery centers across the nation.


current mood: amused

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Saturday, October 31st, 2015
5:42 pm - Have a great day!


current mood: scared

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
1:26 pm - New Here

I'm new here and I'm hoping that this community picks up. I was an alcoholic and I'm 9 months sober today.


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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
2:53 pm

Is this community active? It seems pretty barren which is too bad... I would like to see this place up and running for all of us addicts to get together and have discussions and support like it used to be. I'm still here! Anybody else?

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Friday, January 2nd, 2015
9:21 pm

Hi, I'm a 34 y/o female, alcoholic in recovery, I have about 4 months of sobriety, working stepr.
I'm looking for internet-friends or aa-friends located in San Francisco.  Can't stand isolation anymore.  And hope to help someone to fight the loneliness too. So if anyone needs a friend, please add me.

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Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
12:37 am - New

My name is Emily, I'm 21 and I am 154 days (5 months) clean from an 8 year-long opiate addiction. I've been on LJ before, but not for a while, and lately I've been finding it more useful to talk to other addicts. So, I'm back on LJ and have created this recovery journal. If anybody would like to add me, I'd enjoy the company and discussion. Otherwise, hello to you all, and good luck!

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Sunday, October 6th, 2013
10:01 am - 24 yr old female ope addict seeking rehab in the pac nw. help? advice?

Does anyone on here know of good treatment facilities in the Pacific Northwest? I am a heroin addict looking to check into an in patient program ASAP. I am broke and do not have insurance so I am mostly interested in places with a sliding scale. If anyone is from the OR/WA/AK area and know of a great place that works with poor people let me know. I am researching but a lot of the places I have called are full of sh*t. I am not a Christian, I am not totally opposed to faith based treatments, but I would really prefer not. I know a lot are faith based and if I end up at one I would take what I can and leave the rest and do my best. I am willing to make the best of it wherever I am, I just know that there is at least ONE establishment with a program that is meant for me. I just have to find it. Feedback in comments is greatly appreciated. I wouldn't have come here to post this if I didn't need the help. Thank you so much to everyone, and best wishes to all in recovery.

(It has been a looooooooooooong time since I have been on lj and I am really hoping I am not breaking any rules by posting this here. I don't remember it being on the list of rules anyway. Thank you!)

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Friday, October 4th, 2013
3:40 pm - Bad day.

Sorry it’s been a bit. I have my ups and downs. I haven’t been very motivated as of late. Two reasons why: My back and my stress level.
My back is where the pills started. I have a herniated disc and pinched nerve. Sometimes, it goes away. However, in my case it will never go away fully. I have degenerate disc disease, which means my back is aging faster than the rest of me. I can count on getting more in the future as well. I love to play soccer. Well, I did. It happen when I was playing for a junior college I went to. I haven’t been able to really play since. I work out to make myself feel better, but as of late that has been out.
Sometimes, my disc isn’t that bad. Then, I aggravate it. I keep me up all night. It hurts to do much of anything. Working two jobs doesn’t help either, but I have no choice but to keep going. The searing pain in my spine and legs is horrible. The problem: They always want to give me narcotics. (Vics, Percocet, Valium, ect). It didn’t take long before I had a habit and that was 5 years ago.
My back has been hurting like it did when it first happen at nineteen. It got so bad I had to make a trip to the hospital after work one night. Since I no longer search the streets for pills, I try to get a steroid shot to make it better. However, this time they over looked me being flagged to offer me Percocet. Then, I was offered Valium. I tried to turn it down at first, but the doctor told me it was the only way I’m going to get rid of the pain. They asked me if there was anyone who could monitor how much I’m taking. I said my mom. But, she won’t. I’m good at getting them anyway. I’m a bit fucked on staying clean and that’s all on me.
My stress is terrible. I have so much to pay. I work two jobs that, right now, are not giving me enough. I work almost 40 hours at burger king and then a few days a week at the restaurant. I don’t even know what a day off is. All my money goes to rent and fines. That’s a lie. Sometimes, I spend money at the bar. Also, Three dollar cans of beer a night and a pack of smokes.
I have three DUI’s. In my worst I seem to have a bad habit of crashing cars mad. I’m not proud of it. And, the last one I tried to kill myself. I must have a guardian angel. I should have died a few times. I even overdosed last October. My rock bottom always comes. I’m scared if I keep going I’ll find that hard dirt bottom of the well again.
Abelia has been talking to me a lot more. I told her about it and she asked when the last time I went to a meeting was. Then, suggested I go back to one. She says she believes in me. The truth is I need to believe in me. Well, I have work.


current mood: blah

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Friday, September 20th, 2013
2:33 pm - Sober time

The truth is I need to be sober. I'm sick of letting myself and the world down. However, I know I can't make the promise anymore. I don't want to be like, day one- day two- day three. It just kills me when I start over. Only thing I can say is for today- I got it. Maybe, I will tomorrow too. I feel good today and have since I started my meds. I just hope it stays, which it never does. When I dwell two much on sober/clean time- I fail in the end. The point is though. It's never the end. This is a fight. It’s a battle to keep ourselves alive. At 25 years old- it's time to face life. It’s time to see what I'm made of and who I am. Who knows? Maybe, just maybe, this time I'll do it.
Only problem I see right now is Kate and my sister drinking around me at home. I’ll figure it out.


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Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
4:15 pm - Quick One

I have work in about 50 mins. so, this will be quick. I have been taking my meds again, which is why my mood has been better. The problem with meds is the side effects. I gain wieght, shake,tired, and all of a sudden it's been making me sick. I started taking them at night. I'm hoping it helps. I don't have insurance to keep switching meds and doing med checks.
On a bright note. I stayed sober last night:) I didn't even think much about it. Today, I feel good right now too. I spent the day with my mom and my niece. I bought my godson his bday present. Then, we had dinner. Now, I'm going to head to work. I work till 12. I bought some tea to help me sleep. My meds will do the rest. One day at a time.


current mood: not bad

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Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
1:30 am - VIVITROL

Hello, I hope everyone is well. I'm looking to see if anyone has any PERSONAL experience with the Vivitrol shot, and if so, what the experience was like? Did it help? What side effects did you or your close family member/friend experience? Any information at ALL (other than what I just found after hours going from link to link on google--- in other words, I know the basics, I'm just looking for personal experiences here)

Thank You!

x posted a bit

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Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
5:25 pm - New to this community & question


Hi I'm Emma and I'm a recovering addict and have been clean for nearly 14 months.

For the last couple of months I have really gone off attending meetings. I always feel really uncomfortable and don't feel I fit in as I'm the youngest (I'm 22), I'm a student and I think I'm the only atheist there. Always feel out of place and never look forward in going. Sometimes I feel sad coming out as it'll bring back bad memories even though its to appreciate and be grateful for be sober.

Therefore I am wondering if anyone else has experienced this?


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Saturday, May 11th, 2013
7:50 pm - I don't want to lay in self pity.

I am an addict.

I was clean and sober for 94 days after going to rehab for 40 days outside of West Palm Beach, FL at "Unity Recovery" (Hobe Sound).
I am from New York.
I relapsed a few times and was sent to "Rosewood Center for Eating Disorders," in Wickenburg, AZ for my addiction and my eating disorder.
I have already relapsed and I've only been home a week and a half.
My drugs of choice are vodka and marijuana. I have once again disappointed my sponsor.
I don't know what needs to change.
I thought I understood Step 1 and admitting powerlessness and unmanageability.
Clearly I don't because I am chronically relapsing.

All I can think about is wanting to get outside of myself with whatever is available.

I need this cycle to stop so I can have something real to live for.
I'm 23 and I've had enough, but I don't know how.

I'm trying to get into a 6 month sober living facility in upstate NY. I don't want to do it and it's scary but I don't think anything else will work.

current mood: anxious

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Monday, April 15th, 2013
1:36 am - My name is Alonzo Cox
mysticsatyr Now that i have gotten a little familiar with this site, I wanted to properly introduce myself. If you look at my profile you will see that i aspire to be a writer one day, probably in the fantasy, science fiction, horror, or comedy genre. Right now I work at a Crisis Center for UPMC, a hospital conglomerate it Pittsburgh. I am a Peer Specialist. A Peer Specialist in my case is a person in recovery who supports people with Mental Health Challenges and/or Substance Use Disorders. I took this job because i myself have been clean and sober for 13 years now, my anniversary is on July 15th. I am sending this out because i am willing to offer support to anyone who may just need someone to run things by. I have come to find that this is a thankless profession and so i don't do it for the money or the Kudos, but to really give back what was freely given to me. After the years of abuse that i put my body through i now have a pacemaker, so i know that i don't have another run in me, that is why part of my recovery process is being there for anyone who is still suffering. I also have a Mental Health Diagnosis, so i am a good counselor to talk to. I have also been trained to provide support for anyone who has had trouble with the Criminal Justice System, who are finding it hard to reintergrate into society. And i work with people in crisis everyday, trying to support people who are going through tragedies that may have been unexpected. I know this is a social networking site and sometimes we feel like we need to have fun and games, but sometimes people may be suffering, and there is no need to suffer in silence. At the Crisis Center we try to encourage people to call before a crisis becomes a crisis. I have learned that a relapse does not begin at the time you return to past actions, but the thought process that proceeds it. I am looking for a lot of different communties on this site, and even though i like to laugh and joke and create beautiful worlds. if you ever need someone to chat with you can friend me on Facebook, drop a post here, or send a message to my personal email. I will check all of these resources periodically. It's good to have fun, but please don't suffer in silence... there are plenty of people out there who are willing to listen.

current mood: hopeful

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Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
2:05 am - Books?


Does anyone know of any good memoirs about alcohol/drug addiction that they can recommend?

Posted via LiveJournal app for iPhone.

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Sunday, February 24th, 2013
1:25 am - Late night clock ticking.


Sooooo me, the person with ALL these major fucking issues, gets a job at a drug & alcohol treatment center dealing with people with all these major fucking issues...yeaaaaa. Go figure! Wtf is wrong with me?!!!

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Monday, February 11th, 2013
12:12 am - Pin Drop


Working graveyard at a treatment facility alone and its quiet as a mouse and there's no work to be done...no one to talk to...gonna be a looooooong night...

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Saturday, February 9th, 2013
6:32 pm

Hello! I'm still here. I had a ridiculous loss of internet (a week and a half) for which I hope to be compensated on my bill. I'm still working on my addiction and just made a week. I'm fortunate in so many ways: I have access to an addiction specialist via a local charity organization, I have internet (for now) and this group, I have understanding friends and family, and I have support both offline and online. However, I'm still struggling because I don't want to admit the extent of my problems and burden my local contacts. They've all had recent trauma (hospitalization, serious health issues, bereavement, financial ruin) that I don't want to exacerbate. Also, there's my inner drive to do everything myself, just as I did overcoming OCD rituals and the addiction of smoking.

Anyone have any advice for kicking one's pride in the goolies? I know I need it, but it's terrifying for someone who doesn't have much self-image to begin with!

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Monday, February 4th, 2013
11:21 pm - project

I'm just stopping by to invite you to be a part of a project I'm working on. It's going to be a collaborative book with contributions by artists and writers revolving around the theme of mental health/illness. Please let me know if you or anyone you know might be interested in submitting some of your work. And I completely apologize if this is seen as inappropriate use of this forum. 

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