How YOU can help yourself grow in Recovery from Addiction – My tips

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“How YOU can help yourself grow in Recovery from Addiction – My tips”

Hi its Dermot here, if you’ve read my Bio, then you will know a bit more about me. Now I’ve put together a series on recovery, from my own experience, but I would like your input and value also, as I know we are all unique and have been affected in different ways.

So if you are in active addiction still and maybe thinking about stopping, are in recovery or are even a friend or family member, then maybe this blog series might help you. I do hope so.

If you are like me and might be wondering “What is he selling?”,  then yes call a spade a spade and being totally honest, I do one day want to make a living out of this someday. However to the best of my knowledge, the main purpose of a blog is to create value for the reader and not so for the writer, so, for now, I just want to continue to give value through my “Recovery from Addiction Series”

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Who is this for

My main focus is on people who are in recovery from addiction, who are motivated and committed to change. If the pain of your addiction is greater than the pleasure of it, then you have a good start. Of course, what am I, & what do I do? I am an Alcoholic and an Addiction Counsellor.

I’ve been an alcoholic since I first drank at 15 and eventually got sober at 34 & have been a recovering alcoholic to date. I have been a practicing Addiction Counsellor sfrom2006 to date, so that’s 12 years experience working in a treatment centre. I have also studied CBT and Recovery Coaching. There is a ton of value there that I can share with other recovering addicts/alcoholics and even people still in active addiction.

What this post will be about

Let’s talk about recovery from addiction and I will share with you all my experience, strength & hope, not so much about my drinking days, but about my recovery. I will share with you everything I know A to Z and will do this over a number of blogs. I would also love to hear about your recovery journeys too. I will not be looking at the Hows, Whys & When the addiction happened, as that is in the past & I will not be focusing on all the psycho-babble and medical jargon. If you want that then best look elsewhere.

Feel free to give your input

If you have been affected by addiction in any way or are struggling with recovery and would like something discussed or have any questions, you can leave a comment. I would gladly try to help and would be open to guest bloggers, who wish to add their experience, strength & hope to “Recovery from Addiction Series”.

My Recovery is about growth and rediscovery, we all must move forward and can’t stay still. I’ve moved forward by doing something, that only a few years ago would never have had the guts to, and that’s getting into marketing & on the World Wide Web.

Contents of “Recovery From Addiction Series”

Over the coming weeks, I shall be posting the below blog posts, so stay tuned:

  • Acknowledgment
  • Admitting
  • Acceptance
  • Ambivalence
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Assertiveness
  • Belief
  • Core Beliefs
  • Blame
  • Boredom
  • Bereavement
  • Character Defects
  • Irrational Beliefs
  • Courage
  • Commitment
  • Change
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Choice
  • Control
  • Denial & Delusion
  • Depression
  • Excuses
  • Empathy
  • Fear
  • Feelings
  • Gratitude
  • Honesty
  • Hope
  • Letting Go
  • Motivation
  • Poor Me’s
  • Pursuit of Happiness
  • Turning Negativity around
  • Powerlessness
  • Recovery in Aftercare
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Shame
  • Spirituality
  • X Addiction
  • Self Esteem
  • Family in Addiction Recovery Part 1 – Roles
  • Family in Addiction Recovery Part 2- Enabling
  • Family in Addiction Recovery Part 3 – Co-dependency
  • Family in Addiction Recovery Part 4- Life After Treatment

Disclaimer

The articles in “Recovery from Addiction” Series, are the opinion of the author and if you would like to contribute to it, please leave a comment in the comment box. If you want to subscribe, for free, to any further blogs of mine please leave your email.

Moving forward

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out of our vulnerabilities will come your strength

Recovery is about growth and everyone does grow at a different pace. My advice to anyone in early recovery is to wait at least 2 years before making any major life-changing decisions that might have emotional ramifications. An example: get a mortgage, get married, change career, emigrate. In light of this everyone has dreams and we all do want to better our lives in one way or another, so it is important in early recovery to start to put those dreams into reality by taking action and creating achievable goals which can be reached in time. I found in my early recovery, although I had dreams, I wasn’t aware of creating goals and my life unfolded by default. It turned out well for me but had I had clear goals, I do feel that it would have been even better.

I do try to learn from my mistakes, and that is why they are little miracles in themselves that happen for a reason. I am a growth-seeking being I will continue to seek change in myself. What motivates me is the Pain – Pleasure, which moves me away from my pain points (a lack of finances, time & peace of mind) to my pleasure points (freedom of finances, time & peace of mind). The way I have found to achieve this freedom and to move away from the “Groundhog Day” of life is through online marketing. I have taken this step into the abyss, I’m not tech savvy at all, and with the support of SFM, I am working my way through it. The internet is here to stay and is the future for all of us, so don’t get left behind because it is gaining momentum. If you want more information you can go directly to my business page: Realize Your Recovery Dreams, to learn what I am learning or you can go straight to the link below and let my mentors introduce you through a FREE 7-day video series.

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