Thank you for being a valued member of the Dream Center for Recovery community! As an Alumni of Dream Center we want to make sure to keep in touch and let you know about the fun and exciting events going on at Dream Center for Recovery!
We invite you to join us for our monthly Alumni Meeting at Dream Center for Recovery November 20th at 5:30pm, with a speaker who will be sharing his/her experience, strength and hope. If you have any questions or suggestions on how we can keep improving the Alumni Program please email Alumni Coordinator Sarah Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you!
Reflections: My First Year in Sobriety
It has been 365 days since I’ve used drugs or alcohol as my solution… my solution to the uneasiness I felt inside of me. My solution to not wanting to deal with my life, job, marriage, kids, you name it… but mostly just not wanting to be ME.
In sobriety, people speak of things they have lost to addiction… I definitely fall into the bucket of those that haven’t lost “things” but had completely lost myself. It has taken sobriety for me to understand that. I didn’t know I had lost ME until I started to meet ME again.
Here are some of my takeaways from my first year:
- I no longer have heartburn… guess it was all that wine
- I lost 15 pounds
- I enjoy small gatherings rather than large parties
- I prefer quality over quantity when it comes to friendship
- I actually don’t enjoy putting myself in risky situations dressed up to look like “fun”
- Crocheting on my couch listening to music is a rockin’ Saturday night
- Being present of mind means more to my kids than being there
- Nobody liked it when I drank
- I LOVE ice cream and coffee
- Where did those 15 pounds go that I lost?
- Sweating at night wasn’t premenopausal night sweats! I was actually detoxing from alcohol. (that one shocked me!)
- Falling down was what I needed to pull myself back up
- Completely surrendering was my only path towards freedom
So what happens now after 365 days? 366.
Sober Life Hacks for the Holidays
The Holidays can be stressful for many people in recovery. That’s why it’s important to use the tools that were learned in treatment and overcome obstacles that may make you relapse.