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Fare thee well addiction... don't let the door hit you on the behind!

Posted 09-24-2016 at 11:53 PM by Lightning Bug (Sober Bug - Getting Sober to Achieving Recovery)

If I sat face to face with the deep and ugly underbelly of my addictions, I would want to have closure. A tie to bind the bag that I am going to bury so deep beneath the Earth that it can only be found by the devil himself. Never to be unearthed again. Never to parasitically suck the life and soul out of me and never again to leave me powerless in a path of suffering and destruction.

I would tell my addiction this before I shoveled the last pile of dirt.

I am sorry...
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Why I woke up on a Sunday in June and said Hey! I think I will go to rehab today!

Posted 09-18-2016 at 08:28 AM by Lightning Bug (Sober Bug - Getting Sober to Achieving Recovery)

So one Sunday morning in June I woke up, sat up, and then exclaimed in shock and disbelief "How am I not dead?!?!" I shook my head like a rabid dog trying to clear the fog. The last thing I remember was posting nonsensical tirades to Facebook while locked in my bedroom, my family just rooms away. I was palming Klonopin (just got my 60 count prescription) and chugging cheap beer because I threw out my wine corkscrew two months previously when I stopped drinking. Who knows when I hit the...
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Rock bottom? Is that what that jagged rock stuck in my spine was?

Posted 09-07-2016 at 03:22 AM by Lightning Bug (Sober Bug - Getting Sober to Achieving Recovery)

Recovery forums always have threads about war stories, I don't usually participate because I like to focus on the here and now, the sober present, and not my drunken past. I did, however, post this morning in a thread asking for your most embarrassing story. I don't think I have posted my rock bottom story here, but even if I did there may be more detail in this rendition.

My most embarrassing one is my rock bottom story. I have told this one here before, so I won't get into details....
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Triggers and justifications? Doesn't matter when they are both lies

Posted 09-04-2016 at 11:04 AM by Lightning Bug (Sober Bug - Getting Sober to Achieving Recovery)

This post is about reflection, not something I am going through. It is an observation made now that I have a clear mind.

In active addiction I thought my main triggers were mostly of a big nature, like work, family stress, fights with the husband, criticism for something. I justified my drinking after these events because I honestly felt triggered.

What I am remembering now are the little everyday things that I thought were also triggers. I used the excuse "well...
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Early Recovery: Are you going to jump in the lake or just dangle off the dock?

Posted 09-04-2016 at 05:54 AM by Lightning Bug (Sober Bug - Getting Sober to Achieving Recovery)

The process of getting sober can feel like a daunting task, you may feel overwhelmed, scared, hopeless, and unsure of yourself. You might be full of resentment, jealous of people who can drink, or you may be filled with shame and embarrassment of your drinking history.

But once you stop the drink or the drug you should feel great, right? A full recovery should be your reward because it is a monumental accomplishment to get sober. But getting sober is like dipping your feet in a rippling...
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