Weird that a once drunken asshole like myself would be banging on about sobriety, but here we are as I approach the two year mark in a couple of weeks. I had 16 years sober, then my dad died. I think I turned what could have been an understandable short run ‘slip’ into a few years vacation back into it – NOT like the old days with a bag of prescription speed in my pocket and a bottle of something always – but enough to eventually feel a need for clarity and a pause. Perhaps it is not an accident that I got sober 9 days before launching the museum – Feb 12th 2021.
More approaches and a new Pigface t-shirt tomorrow !
peace love and respect always,
If you or someone you know is struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, the National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Hotline is 1-800-662-HELP(4357)!
There’s a great program for the more secular/atheist and Buddhist minded folks called Recovery Dharma (recoverydharma.org) that many find helpful.
Another mindfulness practice I found by a guy called Hugh Byrne (not connected to Recovery Dharma) teaches the following meditation technique to deal with triggers/cravings:
S.O.B.E.R. is the name of technique so it’s easy to remember, that stands for
Stop (what you’re doing)
Observe (your thoughts and feelings that are triggering you)
Breathe (self explanatory)
Expand (your awareness, noticing your environment, your body, deeper thoughts, feelings assumptions, etc)
Respond (appropriately, rather than “react”, to what’s happening)
Like all meditation it’s just a tool to help you observe yourself and expand the gap between stimulus and response, and switch off the mindless auto-pilot we all struggle with in our minds.
Hugh Byrne can be found on the Insight Timer app (a meditation app found in Android and Apple stores – and instighttimer.com) and his website is hugh-byrne.com/
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