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Old 04-21-2009, 05:17 PM
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6) We affirm and enjoy our intelligence, strengths and creativity, remembering not to hide these qualities from ourselves and others.[1]

Today I recognize that my recovery program is one of creativity. A kind of creativity that keeps me in addiction treatment. I have been blessed with the support and recognizance of an addiction specialist that gave me the confidence to develop and the encouragement to continue working a personalized program of recovery. I have gathered from many knowledgeable resources an essential tool box of recovery skill that aid me in making healthy choices today.

As well as having the wherewithal to know enough about myself regarding my addiction treatment so as to make matters of recovery work. The current knowledgeable practitioners of addiction treatment fortified my resolve as well as confirmed my beliefs about the of process of addiction recovery. There was a relief as there was a gratification in realizing that I am not alone in my recovery beliefs.

I had to understand, process and apply those wide variety of of addiction treatment beliefs that avail the day. Without the proper amount of discernment and intellect I may be very well floundering about in a recovery program that grievously fails to meet my unique need for addiction treatment. Not only do I have the pleasure in having a program that works exceeding well, but one crafted with the aid of helping professionals and my very own intelligence, strengths and creativity.


[1] 16-Steps for Discovery and Empowerment, Charlotte Kasl, Ph.D.
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:36 PM
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Amazing when we have the right tools how much positive impact they have on our recovery. Nice post!
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:35 PM
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I still have no idea what I am doing, but I am doing it, and I think I like it O.o
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:53 PM
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Will, you are an asset to this site. Thank-you for your work and your contribution to the recovery efforts of others. I think that addiction recovery is a mental health concern that is in itís infancy. More people need to take the initiative to discover and share recovery treatments that work. My hope is that this will provide a context which is more effective than the current, often dogmatic approach.

I researched Charlotte Kaslís 16 step model.

http://www.charlottekasl.com

The original eighth step is :

Make a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.

Charlotte Kaslís 16 step model lists step 8 as this:

We make a list of people we have harmed and people who have harmed us, and take steps to clear out negative energy by making amends and sharing our grievances in a respectful way.

There was some discussion on this website regarding a member who was contemplating her childhood.
Since I have sobered up this time, I have tried to find out if there are any triggers which lead me to drink. Obviously, emotional upsets of any kind stand out as huge dangers. I get angry, I want to drink, I get depressed, I want to drink, I feel lonely, I want to drinkÖ.
When I was a kid, I got teased a lot. I know that we all did, but I really was the school outcast. I think most people probably know what I mean.
When I was about 14, I moved. I developed a plan to be a deliberate misfit. I would dress strangely to identify people who were bigoted, then I would avoid or attack them (not physically.) I believed that I had found the perfect solution. I would simply stop caring what anyone else thought about me.
It didnít quite work, completely. I have had situations recently at work where people underestimate me or question whether I am worthy to rise to more complex work.
This infuriates me. It sends me into a heat of anger that is nearly inconsolable, and I think this a serious trigger. Who are these people to judge me? What ground do they have? It stays with me. I canít leave it at work.
Donít ask me why I think all of this is related. I know it seems pretty loose, but Iíve thought about it an awful lot, it just seems like a discovery which makes sense of patterns which have confused me for quite some time.
I never gave much credence to the ďexplore your childhoodĒ tactic of therapy; maybe thereís something to it.

Sorry if this seems like a hijack, it just seems like thatís the way my line of reasoning wandered.
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