How much energy do we use wishing, hoping, praying someone or something will change?
We know we have no control over this person, circumstance or situation. I needed this reminder today.
Stop. Just stop.
We need to use this energy on things we CAN control.
We CAN control ~
🚦the amount of power we give this person/situation
There is plenty we can control.
Let’s not waste any more energy.
Let’s recognize the places we do have control.
What are they? Name some.
Use your energy on you.
What do you need today?
How can you keep you safe today?
What is your next right thing?
I’ll use my energy on me too.
You are worth it.
We are worth it.
You have value.
You are loved.
#recovery #recoveryfamily #healing
#lifeishard #godisgood #freedom
a couple letters I wrote when I was being asked about my higher power. I believe in the Universe, and energy, but I think when I am going through hard times in my mind I can get lost and unable to deal with smaller things and just simplify. these letters helped me have a better understanding of the universe and my feelings towards what rules me.
I hope they help you, or maybe push you to write letters of your own. don’t be afraid to turn the mirror inwards 💙
I can't remember who posted this but it was too good not to share. I love me some 12 steps! Acceptance is the key!
I have been an addictions psychotherapist for over 7 years, and I can say with certainty that the 12 steps is the only addiction intervention I have seen and used that has longlasting change and truly helps people recover. Despite popular belief, it is evidence based treatment.
There tends to be an us and them mentality between mental health professionals and those in recovery. Fellow therapists: The 12 steps work. It is the only thing that I have seen work. If a patient is truly working the 12 steps, (s)he will not relapse. Period.
More often than not, it is the people surrounding the individual that recognize the signs of alcohol abuse first.
Here's how to Help an Alcoholic Realize It’s Time to Make a Change http://bit.ly/2LuWH0g Link in Bio.
You do, even if your mind tells you otherwise - you’re not alone! Before you pick up a drink or a drug, call/DM someone #wedorecover
So excited about the Never Give Up song dropped from the album “Elevated Love”. This video is hot!!! Catch it on our link!!!
I tried to coax the little alpaca at the back to come forward and take what was being offered.
It reminded me of working in the drug and alcohol rehab in Thailand.
As a therapist I reach out to people-encouraging them to meet me half way.
Combining my professional knowledge with my life wisdom, I know the importance of knowing doing all the work, knowing when to draw the line and when to reach out.
No matter how much I coaxed this little one and moved around creating space for her to come through. She wouldn’t step forward.
You don’t always have to be ready but you do need to engage.
Do You need a hand?
#alpacas #wildthings #farmlife #essexalpaca #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthrecovery #addiction #addictionawareness #addictionrecovery
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Today marks 18 months sober, for me. (Before and after photos)
What a remarkable 18 months it has been. I have learned so much about myself, the world, and others.
It's hard to say what the most important thing I've learned is, so here are a few I hold tightly to;
•the comparison is the death of love, (self or otherwise)
•comfort does not spur growth
•my fears always underestimate me
•I (and only I) have the ability to change the direction of my life if I don't like where it's heading
•asking for help does not make you anything other than 'human'
There are so many more things 😂 as anyone in recovery will tell you. But that's my list for now, and now, I'm going to celebrate my day 😁😁😁 Hope you all have a wonderful Saturday!
Addiction Statistic of the Week 💊
According to the National Health Center for Statistics, from 2002 to 2017 there was a 4.1-fold increase in the total number of overdose deaths involving opioids. #addictionawareness #addictionrecovery #dopesicknation
No no no no I promise they are just thoughts....man fuck you I don’t have to prove myself to you, I know I’m a good person.
Focus je op de dingen waar je wel invloed op hebt! ❤️
This is typical exchange, actually nicer than the typical relpy to speaking up against these memes normalizing alcohol @bumble.
Bumble is a dating app, not an alcohol brand so why are they pushing it? These jokes gets likes
The person responding essentially ignored all the relevant information about the dangers of alcohol, my personal experience with it and blamed lack of willpower and that some people are just unlucky to be addicted or lacking in spirit
This uneducated yet popular opinion is not based in facts. The facts are that alcohol is a powerful depressant and highly addictive and is hurting many people in this country
We all don't lack willpower or something, we all not just unlucky.... We have been lied to about the dangers of alcohol for years and have been told that we have a disease that can't be cured. We don’t say people who are addicted to meth lack willpower, we say that meth is a dangerous drug, of course they got addicted and offer them help. We don’t tell them we are stronger and have more willpower so we are able to use meth and they are the problem. Alcohol is the only drug that we claim is a lack of willpower and in turn this prevents people from admitting the issue and getting help
The truth is that there is no safe amount of alcohol for anyone and the alcohol industry normalizes heavy drinking and isolates sobriety to ensure that they continue to make money while people die
In an epidemic of substance abuse in our country this outdated and uneducated view needs to stop being pushed. It's so sad
#godry #drydiet #godry #healthyandwealthy #addictionrecovery #onedayatatime #recoveroutloud #sober #weightlossjourney #transformation #empoweringwomen #addictionrecovery #onedayatatime
Speaking at the 2018 Recovery Conference hosted by Allegheny HealthChoices, Inc. was really something special. I was able to be in a room and speak with people in recovery, do a writing workshop, hear their stories and understand their struggles. I had the opportunity to connect with SO many people and it is something that will always humble me and remind me why I wanted to start Listen, Lucy in the first place. .
I also got to hear Brooke Feldman speak. Her words were incredibly powerful.
Brooke Feldman, who is 13 years into her sobriety, shared her heartbreaking and empowering story with the entire room. Brooke has been through SO much-- more than I could ever share with you and do her justice, but there is something Brooke shared that I can't stop thinking about. She told us about how, throughout her struggle, she was told so many times that she would never recover, that she should accept that she will be in and out of treatment and the system for the rest of her life. On the day that she had decided to end her life, she was thinking about how her death would impact those who love her and couldn't bare the thought of causing pain to others. She went to counseling. She started the incredibly long and difficult journey to recovery. Years later, she was listening to someone speak and this person said "Some of the world's greatest treasures are in our graveyards." Brooke shared how deeply this comment impacted her. That if she had decided to take her life that day, that she wouldn't be a public speaker. She wouldn't have had the opportunity to touch as many lives and help as many people as she has-- that her talent, her beauty and her treasures would have died with her too soon and would have been buried with her in the graveyard. This sent chills up my spine, made the hair stand up on my arms and filled my eyes with tears.
If you are struggling to hang on, please know that the world needs you. The world wants to see your treasure. You are too valuable to us. Recovery is possible. You can do this. We are in this together.
You’re allowed to scream, you’re allowed to cry, just don’t quit. You’re already in pain, you’re already hurt, get a reward from it. Pain is temporary it may last a minute, an hour, a day, or even a year but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If you quit however it will last forever. -
#getafterit #dontgiveup #painistemporary #keepmovingforward
My book will arrive Monday if you have Amazon Prime! 🎀LINK IN BIO🎀#bipolarmemoir
The gift that keeps on giving!