Your Journey Begins the Moment You Decide It Begins.


“I thought, I need to reinvent myself. I want every day of life to be wonderful, fascinating, interesting, creative.

And what am I gonna do to make that happen?

—Karen Allen

Starting Over-

Finding the New You after Alcohol & Drugs​

By the time I had hit my bottom-that place where you find yourself sick and tired of being sick and tired- I had tried to get sober and didn’t; tried to live sober and couldn’t; tried to work sober and wouldn’t because all the while I was still drinking and getting high, thinking I was still in control. The wreckage was piling up. The consequences of my use were building.

I could not live my life- that life- sober – I proved that to myself over and over again -and that was my insanity.
If you have gotten this far, then you know something about yourself, and know that something has to change. Maybe your life is starting to suffer. Does your pillow case bear the marks of the bloody nose from the night before? Is your throat and stomach sore from retching and heaving?
Maybe it’s those unexplained bruises on your legs, your back, your arms. You vaguely remember falling…or was that a dream? Maybe your co-workers are starting to whisper behind your back, or HR has called you in the ‘chat’. Maybe you don’t have a job anymore.
Maybe it is the wrecked car, or maybe you can’t remember where you parked it. Maybe you have woken up and don’t know what day it is. Maybe you have woken and don’t remember where you are or how you got there.
Maybe you find your bottom in the eyes of your spouse, your child, the friend you wounded with your words or actions.
Maybe it is just time to change…..

For so much of my life, I just did things because that is what I did. I was blessed enough to meet incredible people along my way but my journey did not really begin until I got sober, That was when I woke up-that was when the adventure began, I became fully present in my own life, a little wrinkled and sore, bruised a bit battered, but for the most part, in one piece.

A lot of people have told me that they just can’t make changes in their life, that they have to stay in whatever job or life they are in and they will make it work. And a lot of them are successful and that is awesome and amazing. For me, there was no way I could continue where I was. It was hard, financially, for sure. And I wasn’t young, fresh, or just starting out.​
But I did start over. I reinvented myself, and so can you- that is what this page is all about- it is possible! And I cannot think of a better time to start- new you, new choices, new possibilities!

I was somewhat unconventional, I guess, in my recovery journey, but not really unique, I don’t think. My journey works for me. It can work for others, too, and that is what I want to share.

What are Triggers?

Triggers in recovery are anything that stimulates thoughts about using drugs or alcohol.  Triggers can be people, places or things that ‘trigger’ a thought about picking up the drug or drink again.  They can be powerful and harmful in any stage of recovery, and learning how to deal with them is essential.

What are Recovery Workbooks?

Recovery from substance use disorders is never easy.  One aspect of it is to make changes in how you think and react to life circumstances, to process stressdifferently and to make healthy choices.  For many of us, our immediate gut reactions to anxiety and stress is to use, and in recovery, that is no longer an option.  

Worksheets and journaling allows understand how we have reacted in the past and learn new ways to respond rather than react.  Through the process of analyzing ourselves, we learn to scale down the enormity of our world into bite size pieces and purposely respond.  

A First Step Recovery Workbook

This First Step Recovery Workbook is an in-depth workbook for you to gain some intorspective into your substance use.  This workbook allows you to gain insight into your own substance use disorder and understand why we call this a disease.

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