“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” By Natalie C.
I was prescribed valium for what started out as legitimate reasons: anxiety from a high-stress job, and having to travel a lot. Unless you’re superhuman—or at least a better person than me—the stuff is great.
Too great. So spectacular that I was soon popping the round yellow pills daily, then multiple times a day. Finally, I started chewing the valium to make its soothing bliss hit my system faster. Reality went a dull shade of grey and I was left with worse anxiety on days I tried not to take any.
Eventually, I found myself taking valium to even check my e-mail. At work, I got slower and sloppier and eventually I found myself quitting my job with a shrug so as not to get fired. After that, the empty days slid by, panic creeping in around the edges but kept in check by the little bottle next to my bed.
Continue reading Top 5 Things I Learned Hiking for Two Months to Escape Valium
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.
Continue reading Recovery Realized: 40 Days and 40 Nights at Azure Acres
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
When I first went to treatment I was utterly mystified. I had no idea what was coming, but I was sure it was going to be bad.
Mostly, I just thought life was finished. As someone who is on the young end of the baby boomers, I just assumed life consisted of drinking and at least a little weed. All that was definitely done.
I quickly learned that there was an entirely new road ahead of me. I still wasn’t convinced it was going to be a good road, or a road that was going to be all that much fun, but I could at least see that there were possibilities ahead.
Continue reading Top Five Things this Baby Boomer has Learned About Sobriety
I have an interesting relationship with Intermittent Fasting (IF). My initial journey into this diet happened on accident, thanks to a limited income and unfortunately deciding that beer and cigarettes were worth more than a balanced diet.
I wouldn’t even find out it was called intermittent fasting until my second attempt several years later, long after I ditched alcohol and tobacco. Despite trying many other diets, it was IF that helped me shed over 100 lbs and turn around a disastrous lifestyle that would’ve no doubt sent me to an early grave.
Continue reading Top 5 Things I Learned Losing Over 100lbs with Intermittent Fasting
The standard treatments for addiction include an array of pharmaceutical treatments for drug addiction. From Suboxone to Methadone, these drugs have become standard practice for many treatment programs.
Continue reading How Dry Fasting and Plant Medicine are Getting People Sober
From May 31, 2011 to February 23, 2013, I walked 6,000 miles across the USA for gender and sexual orientation equality.
I met countless people – on the side of the road, in their homes, at community centers, at places of worship, to name a few such places.
The message I carried with me was simple. It is time for full federal equality for TBLGQ people. I put the ‘t’ for transgender first because it is my belief that people are first discriminated against based on their physical appearance.
Because there are so many rigid ideas of gender identity, transgender individuals and those who do not conform to these oppressive standards are at the front of the line for hate against them.
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Take off your shoes. Is your big toe pointing inward? Are your three outside toes pointing back at it? For most aging men this is the case to some extent, and it’s an early sign of the development of bunions, plantar fasciitis, and a litany of other common foot problems that can jeopardize your ability to stay active as you age. What can you do about it? Start by not putting your shoes back on.
Continue reading Top 5 Ways Older Men Can Benefit From Barefoot Running
What exactly is Stoicism and what Stoic Virtues can you adopt into your daily life to make you feel, more alive?
In recent years, Stoicism has emerged, as the “new,” ultimate self-improvement philosophy. Nothing, however, about Stoicism is new. You may have heard the term loosely thrown around the in the locker room at the gym, or maybe you heard Keanu Reeves idle on how stoicism has been his beacon through the chaos associated with life in the spotlight?
Perhaps you overheard the tenets of Stoicism discussed on the sidelines after a Seattle Seahawks victory (after all, Pete Carroll, is a well-known, legendarily positive proponent of the school of thought – his coaching tactics are based on discovering the inner grit of himself and his players.)
Continue reading Top 5 Stoic Virtues You Can Adopt Today to Start Feeling More Alive
Overcoming an addiction is a huge accomplishment… but as anyone in recovery knows, staying sober is an ongoing battle.
Mindfulness-based practices can help us approach sobriety, and life in general, in a more open and authentic way—and the positive effects of these techniques are increasingly supported by scientific research.
Below are 5 ways that mindfulness can help us avoid relapse and live more fulfilling lives.
Continue reading Top 5 Mindfulness-based Ways to Avoid Relapse