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12/31/14

My Plan

"I do not pledge that I am cured or that I do not have a problem. But before my time, I will replace him before me and be the contributing factor I am meant to be. I am here for a reason, like it or not. So I continue to walk the path laid before me and one day I will be happy. That is my plan." - S

12/30/14

Boredom

"Boredom taught me how to create." - C

12/29/14

Who I Can Be

"I'm not trying to find me again, there is a reason I didn't work. I'm trying to figure out who I have become and who I can be." - M

12/28/14

Jumping Off Point

"Sick and tired of being sick and tired, I reached another jumping off point. Rock bottom once more, this time stark raving sober." - jonsleeper blog

12/27/14

The Street

"Her stare carried secrets, each tear a hope, that the street couldn't buy." - Mom

12/26/14

Today

"Make use of today. The biggest achievement before dawn is that we are clean and thought-full.” - A

12/25/14

Expectations

"Thanks to the unrealistic expectations of my parents, I am sober today." - S

12/24/14

Realized

"I realized I did not have to be an addict to recover." - J

12/23/14

Feelings

"Why, in over thirteen years and two and a half thousand hours attending AA meetings and other fellowship activities did no-one ever tell me or even remotely imply that thoughts are not the same as feelings? They don’t necessarily follow on, one from the other. Feelings are not a way to live your life. You don’t need to share them, drink on them, or even feel the feelings you don’t want to engage with." - jonsleeper blog

12/22/14

Scientists

"On the streets you don’t find any scientists." - The Last Word On Nothing - Arnade

12/21/14

Complacency

"Complacency may feel like paradise after struggling with an addiction. But recovery involves challenging the status quo and feeling the anxieties that come with doing something new." - T

12/20/14

Devil's House

"I didn't use as an addict but as a man wanting to die. Addiction holds hands with death and using allowed me to dance in the devil's house without ever completely crossing that line." - S

12/19/14

Resentments

"Resentments were created to protect my ignorance." - L

12/18/14

Aftercare Program

"There is no better aftercare program than a loving family." - D

12/17/14

Relationships

"The success of your sobriety can be gaged by the quality of your relationships." - B

12/16/14

Choice Within

"My sobriety began the day my body stopped. At only 44 years old, I learned quickly the meaning of a progressive disease. My inner organs were now relying on alcohol to function, thus staying alive. It was 2008 and I was intervened by my family who flew from all over the country to attend. To say that I am blessed is more than the truth. I was scared, fragile, lonely and very sick. On that day, my mind was resisting the help, but my body was crying out to live. Everyday is a new birth for me." - Choice Within

12/15/14

A Refusal

"Can you imagine what the world would be like if we could not challenge someone to be better unless they were ready? A refusal of sobriety is not necessarily a refusal of help but rather a refusal to see anything more than their fear will allow." - C

12/14/14

Regrets

"Hurts can heal but regrets never really go away, you just learn to make room for them." - J

12/13/14

Me

"My ex-husband was great at following the program. He knew all the lingo and was quick to own his faults. The part he wasn't good at was me." - M

12/12/14

Something Bigger

"I quit when I decided on something bigger than me." - P

12/11/14

Leaving AA

"I continue to learn and grow in recovery. This too shall pass."- jonsleeper blog

12/10/14

This Knowledge

"Human evolution has two steps - from being somebody to being nobody; and from being nobody to being everybody. This knowledge can bring sharing and caring throughout the world." - A

12/9/14

Recovery

"Hurt is expected, forgiveness a bonus." - M

12/8/14

Despite The Pain

"I don't need my side of the street clean to start living. For me, It is about learning to live despite the pain." - P

12/7/14

Patience

"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begins the task anew.” - A

12/6/14

Honesty

"Complete honesty is about knowing what to reveal, not revealing all." - M

12/5/14

Failed Attempts

"Failed attempts show a desire to better your life. As long as your failing, you are trying. Addiction stands still, recovery moves." - R

12/4/14

Fears

"The only thing that separates us is our fears." - N

12/3/14

Addiction

"Addiction is a bitch, but given the right circumstances, given the right luck, given the right mindset, given the right support, it can be beat." - Chris Arnade Photography

12/2/14

A Noble cause

"I used a noble cause to hide the truth. I said I stayed because of the kids, but really I was afraid to be on my own." - H

12/1/14

What Shaped Me

"My moms drinking shaped my life more than she did." - P