Peer Support

Peer Support

Articles that not only help support those in recovery, but offer resoltuion to any problems or issues that may be blocking you from growth.

Every now and then in my sobriety I get complacent. I start to notice little red flags pop up everywhere in my life; my sponsor’s suggestions start to get more annoying, going to work feels like it’s an unbearable task, falling asleep at night is the only thing I look forward to. I know that despite whatever is spiritually wrong with me, no matter how angrily I go through my days, I ALWAYS have a simple solution; DO THE WORK. It was explained to me by my sponsor that the last three steps, 10, 11, & 12 are ongoing action…
I always find it amusing how I thought I knew everything about everything when I first come into the 12 step program. You see, I was always that “professional patient” in every treatment center that I went to - the guy with 7 days clean showing the new patients with 1 day clean how to work a program. Every treatment center has a “captain recovery” and I always filled that position. That type of attitude carried with me for the first year of my recovery. In reality I worked a great program but I just had to make sure that…
  Maintaining a healthy relationship with anyone may sound like a difficult task, let alone in the midst of early recovery from drugs and alcohol! It almost seems absurd that such a goal can be accomplished, especially when that relationship is between two addict strangers that may have absolutely nothing in common other than their addiction to drugs. Building Healthy Relationships It is necessary to remind yourself that your recovery comes first because without it, you can and will lose everything else. This is important because it can be easy to shift gears and try to help others work on…
In recovery, we strive to be at peace with ourselves and others. To do that, healing the pain from the past is sometimes crucial. And sometimes to heal that pain we must forgive. Forgiveness is not a good deed that you do for someone else. It's an act of self- deliverance. If holding onto resentments has its root in self-pity and/or blame, we must work on letting go of these resentments in order to reap the full benefits of recovery. The price of not doing so is too great and does not allow the full affect of peace to shine…
Staying sober depends largely on changing your lifestyle and behaviors. A HUGE part of staying sober in recovery is learning how to have fun in recovery without using any mood or mind altering substances. Those new to recovery may view the early weeks and even months as doom and gloom. Rarely have we ever felt good without putting a substance into our system; for some of us it just doesn’t seem possible. That is just one of the many lies your disease wants you to believe. Make a decision to work the entire program, and I promise you will learn…
  "Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up." ~Jesse Jackson~ Isn’t it amazing how sometimes we feel as if we’re better than others? While we may not knowingly exhibit this kind of condescending attitude, the truth is that it often shows on our faces. For those of us in recovery, you’d think we’d know better, but sometimes it takes a gentle reminder for us to recognize that we’re engaged in such behavior. Why is it wrong to be smug, to feel as if we know something another doesn’t, or to act as if we’ve got all the…
Explaining your addiction to the people you love can seem like a delicate task, but you should remember that it is going to benefit the relationships you have with each and every one of them in the long run.  Once you are able to talk with your loved ones about your addiction, you will most likely experience relief yourself.  Whether you want to talk about your disease of addiction with your parents, spouse, or friends, there are some aspects to consider that might prove to be beneficial in your discussion. How Do I Talk About My Addiction? There are some…
“My name is John and I am an alcoholic.”  I must have said that one sentence hundreds of times prior to entering The Watershed, yet never truly felt it to be fact.  I spent the four years leading up to my admission to treatment in and out of detox facilities, outpatient programs, and the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous.  I always thought of myself different from all the other people that I encountered, minimalizing my own problems by comparing them to others.  I figured my abuse of drugs and alcohol was just a phase I was going through as a young…
The stages of alcoholism and addiction can seem alarming, but there are steps you can take to treat your disease.  Awareness is necessary when it comes to figuring out if you have a problem with alcohol and/or drugs.  If you have been displaying any signs of alcoholism and addiction you may require treatment for a full recovery.  In the midst of your disease, you may find yourself wondering what the stages of alcoholism, addiction, and recovery even look like.  In order to get better, you have to better understand the process of how your disease can grow and how your…
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