When I decided to stop drinking, I knew there were certain steps I had to take to ensure my sobriety. The first step for me was to enter a drug and alcohol rehab where I learned many life-saving tools.
When I completed my stay, I was told to get a sponsor and work the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
I was afraid to get a sponsor when I got out, so I never asked anyone for help. Three months later, I relapsed.
After my dangerous and terrible relapse, I finally called someone I looked up to at an AA meeting to be my sponsor.
I started working the 12 Steps immediately, and it brought a sense of peace into my life. I was able to talk to someone who already walked the path I’m walking right now.
I take great comfort in knowing my sponsor has dealt with many issues, feelings, and events that I’m currently dealing with.
When I work the steps with my sponsor, I feel a deeper connection to myself and to the world. I don’t feel alone, scared, and guilty.
Working the steps is cathartic to me. I write my thoughts and feelings on paper, share what’s going on in my life, and talk about my issues.
Sometimes when I feel like my life is spiraling out of control, I call my sponsor to bring me back to reality.
I understand why the steps are written the way they are, because each step builds on each other. I can’t skip around because it won’t make sense.
I know that if I put hard work into the program I’m working, I will see rewards, and I have. My life is a million times better than it was when I drank.
I know how to deal with issues in life with grace, dignity, and a backbone. I don’t have to crawl into a dark corner and drink myself into oblivion.
I’m grateful I found a sponsor I can trust who leads me through the 12 Steps with care. I know that I can face any problems in my life without the crutch of alcohol.
If you have a problem with substance abuse, our Florida based drug and alcohol rehabilitation center can help. We offer specialized treatment programs to every client who stays with us.
An intoxicated man named Victor Flores, allegedly slapped an NYPD horse on the rear in Times Square at West 47th and Seventh Avenue around 9:30 pm. The horse was spooked, and almosted tossed the officer riding on him.
Authorities say the horse could have tossed Officer Jabez Kong off his back and into oncoming traffic or into the crowded street.
Flores was charged with disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment, and drug possession after police found a bag of cocaine on him.
Flores told cops, “I don’t get it, tourists pet the horses all the time. I don’t get why I am in trouble for this. I was just saying hello.”
He also said, “I’m really sorry officer. I was drunk. I didn’t hurt the horse. I was petting him.”
Alcohol lowers inhibitions and causes us to make rash decisions. Common sense eludes us when we are under the influence.
Drinking alcohol and making poor choices can have many consequences. We can encounter legal problems, as well as relationship consequences. One poor decision can cost us our freedom, and even our lives.
It’s never too late to get the help you deserve, and our caring staff will walk you through the entire rehabilitation process. Everyone deserves a chance to start living a life free from pain and addiction.
Living a sober life is a wonderful way to wake up each morning. You will wake up knowing exactly what you did the previous night, and not wonder about if you made a decision you will regret.
You will feel a sense of freedom from the panic and fear addiction causes. You will wake up with a clear head instead of a massive hangover. You will be able to look yourself in the mirror with pride, knowing you’re living a clean and sober life.
When I decided to get help with my alcoholism, I was finally sick and tired of being sick and tired.
Some days I woke up with a splitting headache, and full of guilt. I could barely look at myself in the mirror.
I tried to piece together the night before, but there were too many gaps in my memory from blacking out.
I remember being full of fear, anxiety, and shame. Millions of questions immediately filled my head. Did I call or text someone? Did I say something embarrassing? Did I do something I will regret? Did someone I know see me drunk?
All of these things questions paralyzed me with fear before I even got out of bed. Then I had to face my family and lie about my drinking.
I came up with many excuses why I was feeling sick. I said I had the flu, a cold, didn’t get enough sleep, etc. The lies started piling up and weighing on my shoulders.
I was surrounded by people who had the same problems and stories as I did. They were honest about their drinking, which inspired me to be honest as well.
I learned many life-changing tools in rehab. These tools have saved my life and my marriage. Because I learned how to be honest in rehab, I was able to be honest with my husband. I shed all my lies, fears, and resentments.
My marriage is the happiest it has ever been. We are stronger because I don’t drink and keep secrets. My children are much happier, and I spend quality time with them everyday, not worrying about when I can slip away to drink.
If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, our Florida based drug and alcohol treatment center offers help. We teach you how to live a lifetime of sobriety and customize treatment plans for each client that checks into our facility.
When I thought of serenity, I thought of total peace, a world with no worries, and complete happiness.
Now I realize that serenity is being able to walk through challenges in life with grace and dignity. I don’t have to pick up a drink because the road is rough. I don’t have to apologize to anyone for my behavior. I don’t have to live in fear of my actions when I was drunk.
No one’s life is completely care-free. Everyone in life has to face hard times. It’s the way we face them that brings about serenity.
I know I won’t be happy all of the time, it’s not realistic. However, I have found inner strength and peace in hard times. To me, this is serenity.
When I decided to become sober, I had no serenity in my life. I was living in constant fear, keeping secrets, and always worried that someone would find out that I was drinking.
When I drank, I blacked out, and didn’t remember who I talked to, if I called someone, and what I said.
It took me a long time to find some peace in my life. For the first year of my sobriety, I was anxious and worried a lot. I went through the entire spectrum of emotions from sadness, anger, humiliation, self-hate, regret, and fear, to acceptance, forgiveness, and eventually love, and peace.
Many times I would talk about the past, and dwell on certain issues. My sponsor always said, “you wouldn’t walk into a store and ask for a calendar from 1996 would you? As far as I’m concerned, it’s all in the past.” These brilliant words of wisdom lead me out of some of my darkest moments in my early sobriety.
If I didn’t have a wise sponsor, I probably would have fallen into a pit of self-pity and eventually turn back to drinking. Now I can live my life free from alcohol, knowing that I can face any problem without a drink.
I have never experienced such profound serenity as I do now. If you are ready to walk through life without the crutch of substances, our Florida-based treatment center can help. We offer specialized programs tailored to fit each person’s individual needs.
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When you first realize you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, admitting that to yourself is the first step. It’s a huge step, but simply acknowledging your problem will not solve it. Asking for help is what must happen next in order to heal.
Asking for help isn’t easy, you must have courage. Some have difficulty asking for help because they think it shows weakness. This is not true. It takes enormous strength to take action, and to take responsibility for the mistakes we have made.
Many of us were embarrassed to ask for help in the beginning of our journey into sobriety. The shame and guilt held us back from starting a new life. If you are feeling embarrassed, don’t be. There are millions of people struggling with the exact same problem as you.
When you enter a rehab, everyone is there to support you. You will meet others that relate to you and your story, and you won’t feel alone or judged.
Some people have a hard time asking for help because their pride is in their way. Put your pride aside, asking for help is the best way to feel genuinely proud of yourself. If you are struggling with substance abuse, chances are there are things you are not proud of doing. Putting your pride away will lead you to a feeling of genuine happiness, and a life you can be proud of.
Fear can also stand in your way of asking for help. When you enter a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, you will see that there is nothing to be afraid of. The people at the facility will teach you new coping skills to deal with stress and fear in your life. You don’t have to be scared of emotions, you won’t have to numb your feelings. You will learn how to deal with tough situations without the crutch of substances.
It’s never too late to ask for help. If you are struggling with addiction, our Florida based treatment center can help you. We have a wonderful staff and programs that are tailored to fit your specific needs.