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  • posted When life throws you curveballs, don’t give up, just keep swinging for the fences.

    Life can be difficult, just remember that you have a team of people waiting to help you. Just don’t forget to reach out
  • posted Join us for the final ANGLESTRONG LIVE CHAT on February 21st with Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle as he discusses his life and recovery. Email your questions for Kurt to jonas@sobernetwork.com

    https://sobersystems.com/final-anglestrong-live-chat-february-21-2019/

    #addiction #recovery #KurtAngle
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  • posted Central PA is experiencing cold temps with snow off and on. Not feeling like getting out of bed. Just freezing cold and blah. How does the weather affect your mood and recovery?
    • AndreaR Cold weather makes me sleepy and depressed, which causes me to have some triggers but when I have triggers there’s always a coping mechanism around to get rid of it.
  • posted How has everyone been doing?
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  • posted I recently read an article about resolutions and how it is better to set goals. It discussed how resolutions can be a set up for failure. Instead, set realistic goals and work towards them! What goals have you set for 2019?
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  • posted What did you learn during your recovery in 2018? Any valuable lessons to share with the group?
    • AndreaR I learned that it isn’t all about willpower. If we have a team surrounding us that will be there in a time of need (whether it be midnight or 4 am) that we can get through anything.

      Having a recovery coach is extremely important and crucial to recovery, as well as having a role model that you can look up to. Both have helped me tremendously this year.
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  • posted Don’t forget that life is precious. It can end in an instant. Cherish each moment and make sure you tell your loved ones that you love them. Recovery is important, but family is important too.
  • posted Hello everyone
    • HeatherO Hello! Thanks for joining our community! Are there any topics you would like discussed?
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  • posted Hello everyone! What's new? Anyone have any tips on surviving a stressful week without using?
    • AndreaR When I have stressful weeks, I try to take some time to myself and remind myself why I quit in the first place.

      Not to advertise or anything, but I go to YouTube and play the videos that are posted by Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, that have a hashtag of #MyComeback

      I usually play the “Focus” video, and it will make me remember why I quit in the first place.

      My suggestion to you is to try those videos and find something or someone who motivates you to keep going.

      Happy Holidays.
  • posted "Recovery is not for people who need it, it’s for people who want it." - Anonymous
  • posted My personal holiday.

    I am not a holiday person. They’re nice and all but I have just learned not to make a big deal out of them anymore. As with many other recovering alcoholics, my family dynamics can be rather “awkward”, better than some but not as good as others. I have just learned not to wait by the phone to be invited to anything and if I don’t feel up to visiting it’s ok not too.

    I do have a tendency to isolate. I know to some this can be rather dangerous but, I am very comfortable being left alone for the most part; less people= less stress and drama to deal with!

    I do feel rather disappointed that I didn’t hear from anyone from my family about having dinner with them; it would have been nice but I just expected as much. I am kinda the “weird one” and don’t really fit in and there is a certain stigma that comes along with being in recovery. I would have just been ok with just staying home and indulging myself in my own personal interests for the day; being left alone as I have grown accustomed too.

    At my home group meeting the other night, my former sponsor but still friend and part of my support group asked me what I was doing for the holiday and replied that I was just going to hang out at home for the day. He suggested and invited me to have dinner with him, his wife and another friend (all in the fellowship). Now I am not much of a social person and rarely get invited to do anything (although a friend of mine had pointed out that it would help if I get out more often LOL) and usually gasp at the idea of social activities. I struggled with the idea but after some thought accepted their invitation. As is customary, I have made some dessert to bring and although nervous, I know that sometimes getting out of our comfort zones can be a good thing.
  • posted Happy Birthday to Dr. Harold Jonas, founder of Sober Network and Sober.com!
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