Dialing your recovery up and down

I was at a conference for fitness and nutrition this past weekend and one of the speakers had a very interesting topic, How the pause button mentality is ruining your health and fitness.

Now stay with me here.. although his talk was in the context of fitness and nutrition, he also spoke more generally about overall wellness.

The message that really stood out to me was the concept of “adjusting the dial”, rather than hitting the pause button. This was the moment when I thought about how this idea can be related to the process and activities of recovery. … Read More Dialing your recovery up and down

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My 2-month mark

This past week, I reached my two-month mark. I had a big weekend ahead of me, I was hosting my college friend in town for a visit.

I was feeling very anxious all week leading up to the visit, especially for the evenings out which would involve drinking. I started to take steps to feel more centered and set myself up for success.

The part I most looked forward to was attending the first step meeting on Friday afternoon.

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Coffee and AA, the research

I first started drinking coffee in my first year of college. I was so sleep-deprived from living with my roommate in a shared dorm that I needed a way to get through my morning chemistry lectures.

I still drink coffee every day, but I don’t always drink it daily. I was in a bit of a slump this afternoon and coffee was the perfect solution to perk me up. So I was curious, is coffee a helpful recovery tool?… Read More Coffee and AA, the research

What is AUD?

AUD stands for Alcohol Use Disorder, a medical diagnosis recognized by the American Psychiatric Association and worldwide. To be diagnosed with AUD, a person is asked a set of 11 questions. The severity of AUD – mild, moderate or severe – is then based on the number of criteria met.

I had never even heard of the term AUD until I started researching alcoholism online. I realize now that the definition of alcoholism was always there for me to find, and I didn’t have to look up AUD to find it.

I hope that through my recovery, I can help to change the dialogue about what alcoholism is.… Read More What is AUD?

Freedom from Alcohol

Alcoholics Anonymous defines sobriety as “freedom from alcohol”.

The first night I went out sober with my friends, I had a moment when I felt relieved to actually be in control for once. As we all sat around the table at the bar, I realized that for the first time I was entirely present.

There are many types of freedom that I gain when I am not drinking, but most importantly, I am myself when I am sober. … Read More Freedom from Alcohol