Daily Archives: 15/01/2016

Friday Sober Jukebox – Gratitude and thank you

circle of gratitudeIn a circle of gratitude I want to thank this person for sharing this with me 🙂

Hello I’m ….. and I am an alcoholic … or am I ?

I really don’t know the answer to that question, but I do know that my drinking was way out of control and needed to be addressed.

I had been drinking heavily, VERY heavily for many years I was physically, and emotionally worn out with it . I wrestled with the concept of sobriety for two years before I finally fully accepted that this was the only way forward for me. Over the two years I spent thousands on therapy with various different therapists all with different views and treatment plans finding out why I drank and ways to help me moderate my drinking in the hope that I could put an end to all this misery. I knew all along that in my heart that I was killing my self with drink but knowing that and accepting that are two very different things. Alcohol was my best friend and worst enemy, I really didn’t have any clue on how / where to start to live without it.

It is such a scary place to find yourself and I was genuinely shocked to have found myself in this place. I considered myself to be a strong person surely I could take this on ?

Once I accepted that sobriety was the only way, I felt relieved, I stopped arguing with myself and decided to start taking action rather than just thinking about it. In December 2014 I set my sober date for January. I completed the Udemy course hangover free life by Louise Rowlinson which was great and gave me lots of tools and information . I subsequently had the follow up telephone call with Louise . Louise was fantastic, she was so understanding and most importantly believed in me and my ability to get sober . She helped me formulate a plan and emailed me every day to see how I was coping . I have to say although it hasn’t been easy it really has been life changing . I have now been sober for one year, although initially I found stopping drinking hard it is something that has become second nature. In the last year I can honestly say I have got my life back. It’s a very different life but a far far better one. I’m still in the process of finding out what I like to do hobbies etc but I’m being kind to myself. Reconstruction of my life has been an exciting time and so many thing have improved, my relationship with my children and partner, my anxiety, appearance. I am truly grateful for not only Louise’s help but also her belief in me at at time when I didn’t believe in myself. Although a stranger to me at the time she turned out to be a person who I will never forget!

So to riff on the theme of gratitude I’m going to continue to offer my Udemy course at it’s discounted price of £60/$89 until the end of January when the price will increase to £99/$149.  You can access it via the image to the right of this or via this link Udemy online course.  I am so grateful that 500 of you have signed up for this course so far and want to continue to help as many others as possible 🙂

Plus you can still sign up for my How to Quit Drinking workshop in London on Saturday 30th January here.

And now a tune 😉

 

Addiction Recovery Apps

This excellent blog post about addiction recovery apps comes from the Castle Craig blog and I’m sharing it completely as the information is useful in our now app centric world 🙂

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Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, texting, checking the weather — everyone seems to be on their smartphone these days. But are there any mobile apps for those in drug or alcohol recovery?

Whether it’s for alcohol or drug addiction, or behavioural addictions like shopping, a host of mobile apps have been specially designed to support people in recovery.

Here is an up-to-date list of the most popular apps used for addiction recovery – in no particular order. We recommend you try them out and find the one that best suits your needs. Download links are included in brackets:

  1. Twelve Steps – The Companion was one of the first recovery apps available. It consists of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous; daily meditations; a sobriety calculator, reminding the user how much time they have been abstinent; as well as an AA Meeting Finder with quick access to Maps. (Android & iPhone)
  2. An alternative to The AA Companion is the One Day at a Time app, which also provides The Big Book along with daily meditations, an abstinence tracking system and access to helpful phone numbers. (Android & iPhone)
  3. Hazelden, a world-renowned American rehab clinic, recently won the White House Behavioral Health Patient Empowerment Challenge award for its Mobile app: MORE “Field Guide to Life”. This new app is part of MORE (My Ongoing Recovery Experience), a web-based program of personalized continuing care provided by Hazelden to its former patients. The app guides users through the stages of early recovery for a year. (Android & iPhone)
  4. While alcoholics in recovery can get the A.A. Speakers app – a collection of over 300 audio recordings of people speaking at AA meetings – with a note of where the recording was made (Android & iPhone); people in drug addiction recovery who prefer audio material can get a separate app to listen to over 300 speakers at NA conventions. (Android & iPhone)
  5. Afternoon Affirmations sends users inspirational quotes, photos or videos every day at 1 pm. It is aimed at people suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction, prescription drug addiction, gambling addiction or eating disorders. (iPhone only)
  6. The Mindfulness Meditation app encourages users to take a break, set a meditation time and start relaxing. Mindfulness is known to be helpful in recovery by helping people de-stress. (Android & iPhone)
  7. iPromises is a free app that incorporates “trigger alerts” (warnings about the risks of relapse), a directory of AA sponsors (mentors in the AA methodology), a progress-tracking calendar and a directory of phone numbers for AA meetings anywhere in the USA or Canada. (Android & iPhone)
  8. CleanTime Counter keeps track of the user’s sobriety by calculating the time that has elapsed since a starting date. It has different customisable settings. (Android only)
  9. There’s even an app to help dependent people who are travelling to find the closest NA Meeting. This also includes daily meditations, websites and helplines for the traveler’s selected area. (Android & iPhone)
  10. Another popular app from Hazelden is My Sober Life. Specifically aimed at young people (ages 12 to 25) it provides such features as: a sober counter; daily guidance with inspiring thoughts; a photo uploader to be reminded of the person’s motivations in recovery; tracker of obstacles (triggers, stress, anger, etc); relapse prevention tool; AA, NA, Al-Anon meeting finder; addiction news and more. (Android & iPhone)
  11. The recoveryBox app uses a light system to keep track of the user’s daily activities. These are put into categories to mark their helpfulness: green light for beneficial activities, yellow light for potentially harmful behavior and red light for “acting out” or dangerous activities. It also has an email/text service to keep the person connected with their sponsor or counselor. An interesting thing is that this particular app supports from conventional to less-mainstream dependencies, like addiction to caffeine, exercise, social media, shopping, perfectionism, etc. (iPhone only)
  12. Sober Grid is a social networking app that gives access to a global recovery community. Its geosocial searching features allows users to find other sober people locally and around the world. Users can choose to remain anonymous, while being able to message other users, share content, answer questions and provide help. If a user is in need, they can select the “Burning Desire” button  which highlights their profile in red, showing others they are going through a hard time and need support. (Android & iPhone)

Plus another apps that I have is the I’m done drinking counter, which is like the clean app listed at no 8 above but for i-Gadgets 🙂

Any apps you would add to the list?
Edited to add: 20/01/2016

Apps and Alcohol

As the proportion of the UK population owning a smartphone steadily rises, the use of apps is becoming increasingly widespread | DrinkAware, UK