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Experience The Ease Of Life By Not Using Drugs and Drinking Alcohol

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Monday, 17 September 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

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In sobriety, as we unlock the chains of addiction, we begin to unlock the secrets of life.

No longer are we beholden to drugs and alcohol.

Put another way, we begin to see circumstances, events, people, even the past and the present more clearly, each day.

What was once incomprehensible becomes as conspicuous as a red traffic light or a green traffic light, for that matter.

Suddenly our senses become intact, the body works synergistically, and life seems to happen in an almost synchronistic fashion.

Little by little the strong hold that drugs and alcoholism once had on us begins to trickle further away, like sand in an hour glass.

We find that we can trust our hunches, our dreams return, not to mention the fortitude to accomplish them and see them through.

We surmise that emotions that we feel our emotions for a reason, and based on experience, they cannot be constructively escaped with drugs and alcoholism.

For me, emotions are like a guidance system that I have learnt to pay attention to. For instance, perhaps you feel bored or restless.

Well, what I have found is that when I feel restless or bored, it means that I am not doing something. I have this excess energy because I have not been constructively using it or applying it to some endeavor like being of service to another or working toward a goal I have set for myself.

The solution, in my experience, is to do those things that need to be done; those aspects that I have been avoiding. There are many: homework that needs to be completed; laundry that needs to done; stack of periodicals that need to be read or perused; e-mails that need to be sent; phone-calls that need to be returned, and so on.

Even though we do not feel like getting up to do “what needs to be done”, all we have to do is get up and make the effort a little at a time. That is called, “taking contrary action”. In fact, my life is a series of contrary action.

Divide the mundane and tedious up into segments.

Before you know it, what you were avoiding is suddenly complete and on top of that, you feel accomplished. When you feel accomplished, you build self-esteem.

Self-esteem, in turn, prevents you from doing those things that may harm you, like: not attending AA meetings; or, drinking alcohol or using drugs; or dating an abusive or toxic person.

It is all interrelated.

If you or someone that you know and love is struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, please call us now. We can help you.

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About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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