Category Archives: Alcoholism Tips

The Least Expensive Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center

My wife and I just moved to North Carolina, by the Smokies. There’s no neighbors and it feels like we’re camping every day.

But, something strange is happening – it’s like nature is resetting me back to a healthy adult.

I have an addictive personality and was a drunk for 16 years. I was very close to homeless and had a alcohol-related heart-attack when I was 32.

Then, when I finally got sober a few years ago, I had a panic attack around my parents.

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Erik Christian Johnson is a full-time blogger, self-development advocate, and full-time network marketing Entrepreneur.

Top 5 Ways Working Out Supports Your Sobriety

Sobriety is a very important part of your life. In fact, if you are like most people in recovery it is the cornerstone of your everyday life, down to each moment. You make it a priority and when your sobriety becomes threatened or triggers arise you may get tempted. But how many new things can you do to stay busy?

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Erik Christian Johnson is a full-time blogger, self-development advocate, and full-time network marketing Entrepreneur.

Why AA Isn’t Just For Old Men Drinking Coffee

Before I finally succumbed to the fact that I was indeed a full-blown alcoholic of the desperate variety, I had a pretty poor idea of what AA was.

To me, it seemed like a cult. The few meetings I had been to were in shady parts of town, with shady people, in rooms that smelled like stale smoke and cheap coffee.

All I could think of when I thought of going to AA was a bunch of old men sitting around talking about how they’d lost their wives, kids and jobs. Surely, I don’t have anything in common with these people — do I?

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Erik Christian Johnson is a full-time blogger, self-development advocate, and full-time network marketing Entrepreneur.

How Connection is the Ultimate Antidote to Overcoming Your Addiction

Loneliness, isolation, anxiety, and depression are killers for those addicted to drugs or alcohol. Punishment and incarceration of drug addicts only exacerbates the problem. But let’s set that aside for now and focus on how addicts can overcome their addiction.

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Erik Christian Johnson is a full-time blogger, self-development advocate, and full-time network marketing Entrepreneur.

How God’s Whisper Changed My Destructive Alcoholic Life

It is unfortunate that this was not the lesson that I learned until I turned 37 years old, I was none wiser. So what does all this mean? What does my story really sound like?

Well for the most part it is pretty normal for someone to have a story like mine. Filled with hate and discouragement, addiction, and failed ways of living. I was materialistic and lived a life that I could not afford. With not concern or worry about others, always seeking to find someone to love me because I felt that I was the perfect person.

Looking forever in the wrong places and did not care about the consequences. However my life turned upside down in 2016 after an adulterous affair with a woman who was not my wife, and the loss of promotion at work.

The scare of the loss of my family, and no regard to the people who I love, why? Because it was all about me. My selfish self centered way of life finally caught up to me. I couldn’t do one thing about if, I was at my rock bottom, alcohol had completely consumed me, but this also was not the first time either.

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Erik Christian Johnson is a full-time blogger, self-development advocate, and full-time network marketing Entrepreneur.

Emotional Freedom Technique: Tapping to Sobriety

On the road to sobriety, it is sometimes the more out-of-the-box ideas and techniques that most resonate to create lasting changes. At first glance, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as “tapping,” can seem like a silly and surface level approach to healing. Yet, many people who engage in this practice soon come to find that EFT is a powerful and no-frills practice that is perfect for their healing toolkit.

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Erik Christian Johnson is a full-time blogger, self-development advocate, and full-time network marketing Entrepreneur.

Does Drinking Make You More Creative? 3 Steps for Creative Sobriety

Much has been said about substance use and creativity. A simple Google search will produce an abundance of studies and articles on the subject.

There is merit to the argument that drinking, for instance, to a point can loosen up the brain to think more creatively.

However, if you have issues with alcohol addiction or substance abuse in general, it is not worth whatever you could potentially gain from the use of substances while you engage in artistic pursuits.

For those of us who struggle with addiction, we need to look at other tools to help us be our most creative self. Here are 3 steps that anyone can take to live a more creative, sober life.

#One

Just Create! The root word of creative is create, a verb, action. There is a well-travelled myth that creative inspiration comes from some source that has to be triggered. It does not.

To be creative, all you need to do is the doing. Your brain is not sitting around waiting for the perfect moment to release its magic.

And so, it is our task as creative beings to put pen to paper, brush to canvas, fingers to piano… you get the idea.

There is nothing outside of ourselves that will make us do the very thing that will bring us the joy that is experienced when we are in that rich, rewarding creation space.

And if you are thinking, “But to create I must suffer!” or “I need something to loosen me up to get started/when I hit a creative block,” then you are missing the whole point of creativity in the first place.

Yes, challenges and struggles often present themselves while engaged in the creative act. The next time you have one of those moments try stopping, taking a deep breath, and saying out loud, “Thank you for this opportunity.”

The opportunity is the discovery that is on the other side of the discomfort. If it helps, think of creative pain or blocks as doors to a new universe. The door is always unlocked. Open it and check out what is on the other side. I promise you, it is super awesome in there!

“But I don’t have the time to create!” On the contrary. You are taking the time to read this creative hack right now.

Before you go any further, set a timer for five minutes. Now, stop reading this post and do your thing. Pick up a brush and some paints, open your word processing program, go to that instrument, open your mouth and sing, start to dance – whatever it is, take five minutes right now and be the creative spirit you deserve to be.

Welcome back. Now, search online for programs or apps that help you plan your creative time. Google Goals is a tool that I have been using lately. It is great.

All I have to do is put in the amount of time I want to work on a project each week and it will find the best times on my calendar that works for me to get to work. Start with five minutes a week. An hour a week. Whatever works for you.

Keep it manageable. The amount of time you spend on being creative does not matter. All that matters is that you regularly give yourself this gift. You deserve it!

#2

Join a creative/writing group. There are a plethora of options. Perhaps there is a sober writing group in your community.

Or if you would rather stay cozied up at home, there are some great writing communities online. Check out this article for some options: Authorspublish

#3

Why do you create in the first place? Is it for your mental health, career development, a way to give to others, to address social ills in the world, to blow off steam?

Try journaling your answers to this question. While you are journaling, try answering this question as well: What leads you to want to consume substances in the first place? If it helps, try to turn these reflections into artwork. You never know what you might learn about yourself by trying this.

In conclusion, whatever you do – create or not, don’t judge yourself! We have learned a lot about addictions of all kinds in recent decades.

There is no shame in addiction. It is a reality that millions of us struggle with every day. What matters is continuing to take steps towards managing addiction.

And if your creative pursuits bring you joy, then create! Ask yourself, “What brings me joy?” And as long as the answer is something that does not cause harm to you or others – do it! You deserve every happiness that life has to offer.

Thanks for reading!

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Erik Christian Johnson is a full-time blogger, self-development advocate, and full-time network marketing Entrepreneur.

Top 5 Things I Do Daily that Keep Me Sober

I check the clock, it’s exactly 4:20 pm. I know that somewhere, probably not far from me, someone is celebrating the occasion.

It’s not hard, in fact, it’s easy and on this particular day I’m feeling stressed, worn out, down in the dumps, needing an escape.  These are the moments that I’m most vulnerable and they don’t come every day, but for me, sobriety means the ability to pass a drug test with no advanced warning.

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Erik Christian Johnson is a full-time blogger, self-development advocate, and full-time network marketing Entrepreneur.

Recovery Realized: 40 Days and 40 Nights at Azure Acres

I had never heard of the small town of Sebastopol, California until I was on my way there. On the morning of Friday, January 26, 2018, I was in the car with my parents driving west to Sonoma County from Sacramento en route to my first stay in a residential rehab facility.

Clothes were hastily thrown into my bag. The hangover was hitting me hard from the night before. I had finally reached a breaking point. I could not go on like this. I could drink and use no longer. I needed to get my life together. But I could not do it on my own.

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Erik Christian Johnson is a full-time blogger, self-development advocate, and full-time network marketing Entrepreneur.

Top 5 Ways Creative Expression Saved Me From Cocaine and Alcohol

The truth is that I was using cocaine and alcohol to cope with some deeper issues in my life that rose back to the surface when I started embracing sobriety. 

As a result, I was able to think clearer and analyze myself and my thoughts much better than ever possible.  Naturally, this led to me wanting to express those thoughts. Here are the top 5 Ways Art Got Me Sober. Continue reading Top 5 Ways Creative Expression Saved Me From Cocaine and Alcohol

Erik Christian Johnson is a full-time blogger, self-development advocate, and full-time network marketing Entrepreneur.