Interesting Ted Talk from actress Claudia Christan, and how she stopped drinking.
I have no personal experience with Naltrexone, but I’ve heard from other people (mostly in Europe) that say the drug helped them tremendously. I have no idea if it’s widely prescribed in the US, but it does seem to have promising results.
Claudia Christan Tedx London
After a difficult marriage and divorce, I thrived on anger. Somehow, the anger felt like power in a situation where I had very little of it. It wasn’t until I read A Return to Love that I knew there was a downside to what I saw as perfectly justified anger. Here’s a great article from The Elephant describing one women’s anger toward her father:
The Danger of Justified Anger.
(You may have to give an email address to read articles from The Elephant.)
Laura has a fascinating story. In her latest post, she reflects on a devastating year at five years’ sober:
It seems like it took me months to get 10 followers when I first started blogging. The support I got here, however, was CRUCIAL to my (eventual) sobriety. I love supporting new bloggers, so this 100 Days to Sparkle on her 4th day of sobriety:
Bushwhacking New Brain Trails: Day 4.
Here’s some free love from Laura McKowen. I loved her book We Are the Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life, so when I saw that she was sharing a free e-book on her site, I had to pass it on.
Six Mantras for Early Sobriety (or any other time when you’re in the shit pit)
How much time did I waste wondering how something I wanted to do would affect other people? Perfect example: For years I worried about inconveniencing friends because I had quit drinking. How would I explain it to them?
What a waste of time.
Today, my reading from the book A Year Without Fear addressed this perfectly:
Today, you do not need to explain yourself to others.
You do not have to explain your journey or courageous faith to others. If you were giving birth, you wouldn’t take time to make others feel comfortable and secure. You would be doing what your nature demands. You’d focus on the task at hand, the evolutionary impulse. You’d attend to your own needs. A new life will speak for itself.
— Tama Kieves, A Year Without Fear
Cooped up in my house, my thoughts seem to be all over the map. I can’t divert myself with friends, wandering stores, or yoga classes. Dealing with my own thoughts has been the biggest challenge of my life. But it’s also the one thing that changed my life so profoundly.
Pam Grout described how she handles these thoughts in her blog here. For those who don’t know, she lost her only daughter, Taz, this year, but has continued on her amazing spiritual journey.
Insist that Love Drive the Clown Car
Here is a photo of Pam with her daughter.
At four years’ sober, I wanted to repost this blog for anyone who might be struggling:
Hope for the Heavy Drinker
“The world needs you cracked open. Not carefully stuck together. For many people, there comes a point where life has a way of knocking us over enough times that the pieces just have to fall on the floor. Try as we might with the super glue and blue tack, we eventually let it all come falling down. This is life’s way of rejiggling all the bits. Reshuffling the parts that were in the wrong place to start with. Especially now. At the time it can feel like you’re broken. But the truth is that you are actually more whole than you can possibly imagine. You are more whole and closer than you were before. And before long you will come to bless the things that cracked you open. Because just like humpty dumpty, regardless of all the king’s horses and all the king’s men, we are the only ones who can put ourselves together again. And you can. And you will. And it’s going to be glorious.”
— Rebecca Campbell
Wow. Just wow.
I’ve read so much on sobriety that I thought I couldn’t be surprised any more. At 5 am this morning, in a quiet house with my daughter sleeping on the couch, this is exactly what I needed to read:
The Shame Cave