Six tips to help those in recovery avoid alcohol during the holidays | New York Amsterdam News: The new Black view

The holidays are a time for family and friends to gather and share laughs, memories and perhaps a drink or two. But for people recovering from an addiction, all that alcohol often present at special events can be worrisome.
— Read on m.amsterdamnews.com/news/2018/nov/29/six-steps-recovery-acohol/

Great read, love the one about creating new traditions! My church will be toasting with sparkling grape juice, it will still be so cheerful and festive!! 🥂

Olivia

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I owe more than great gratitude to Olivia B. Shepherd for helping me regain my freedom and my life back again. I’ve always worried very much but things got much worse with time and at my lowest point, I couldn’t stand large crowds and was afraid of driving alone. The only place I felt safe was around my family. My mom heard about Olivia from a friend and got me signed up. Everything has been a fairytale ever since. She has equipped me with techniques to deal with my depression and anxiety issues. Her love and support has helped cast worries and fear out of my life. I can’t put a price on the assistance I’ve got so far, you are a God send Olivia. Loads of thanks!

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Ramblings on a Saturday Night! 🤷🏽‍♀️

Happy Saturday night bloggers; finally decided to hop on for a minute.

What have you all been up too? Oh me, not one thing!

And there my friends is the problem, in my mind, I’m extremely busy as hell.🤷🏽‍♀️

This past week I’ve been so unmotivated and sluggish.

I was sick for a bit, a little dehydrated but I can’t shake this sluggish feeling.😞

My mind is all over the place, ever felt this way?

I have so many damn plans and things I need to get done, but all I want to do is sleep.

I hate this feeling, I hate not getting anything done.😞

See this is one of those side effects of depression I absolutely can’t stand.😫

I just want to get up, dress up, and show up someplace, but I can’t.

This makes me truly sad!!

Feels like I’m in a setback in my recovery.

I just want to sleep until I wake up feeling better again. Fresh and renewed!!

I see my therapist on Monday maybe she can give me a swift boost.

Oh well, enough of rambling! I guess I’ll go back to watching football if I don’t fall asleep first…go figure!

Have a good night,

Olivia😔

Improve Your Mental Health!

Improving your mental health is vital to your recovery and I of all people know that all to well. Last year around this time I was in a bad place, I was trapped deep in a dark black hole. I never thought I would ever see the light of day. Boy…..what a difference a year makes! I still have my days, but now I have better ways to cope with my depression. I go out and get things done now! I have been so busy helping others that I have forgotten about my own depression. I know how it feels to be alone and scared without anyone to talk too. I really thought life was over for me, now here I stand brave and strong. I’m no longer ashamed of my illness and could care less who doesn’t understand it. We all have our battles to fight, I’m wishing you all the best! Things will not better overnight but they will…..

Ms. Fran

Was I Really This Addicited??

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Gd Saturday all, hope you are enjoying this day. I’m pretty lazy today, but I have lots of stuff I need to get done. Last night was a success, I enjoyed having a sober night out with my girls. Who knew that life could be just as fun without alcohol? Speaking of that, I was getting ready for my event last night and changing my wig, lol! I went with the short look, since I wanted to be kind of sassy. Anyway, as I was going through my hair box, (place where I keep all my hair) I ran across these mini bottles that I hid. I was shock when I found them. Was I really this addicted to alcohol? Did I need it so bad that I had to hide it? All the pain I caused from my use came rushing back to me. The lying, the screaming, the black outs! This is so embarrassing and sad; I really didn’t know I was addicted or did I? I don’t think I really wanted to admit it! Mini bottles stashed all over the place, where no one could see. I was becoming so depended on alcohol, and I didn’t see it. Others saw it, but not me!  This is not a life I wanted to live, I want to have fun without drinking so damn much. I appreciated my friends who are drinking water and sweet tea when I’m around. It’s been really hard not to think of drinking, especially when I’m feeling so sad thinking about my son. I just didn’t see myself as an alcoholic, hell I saw my whole family drink when I was small. Every one of the adults seemed fine, the weekend came they would drink and be sober on Monday. What’s the problem? I didn’t start drinking until I was 24 years old, and at that time it was pretty much weekend fun. I’d go to work all week, but would unwind on Saturday. Now when I look back, it wasn’t as sociable as I thought it was. Life began to get harder and alcohol was easier to get. I drank to feel good, then it was to numb the pain after being married to an ass. Drinking just didn’t seem so bad, then I just started to drink because it took all the pain away and I didn’t have to think of my problems. After that, my alcoholism just went downhill from there. Alcohol became food, I drank the first thing in the morning and late at night. How come I didn’t see this before, how did I let myself get so far gone? I’m so ashamed and embarrassed that I couldn’t manage my life without it. Stay tuned….

 

Ms. Fran                                                    pic of me

(The hair I went with)

 

 

 

Self Improvement and Why it’s Important

Happy Tuesday all, so as you know if your reading my blog,(if not I’m going to need you to subscribe) NOW!! LOL I have been on this road to recovery and trying all sorts of things to keep me from falling back into that hole. In order to start this process I gave up drinking, getting angry, and self-doubt. Yes!!! All these things can be hard, but you have to give the shit a try. We all want to improve and become better people, and we all decide that the first of year is when we are going to start….then we fall off!! By March we have found a hundred excuses why we just can’t get it together. I have to admit this was me ust last year, but I’m determined to see this year through and become healthier mentally and physically. So again if you have not subscribe to my blog so you can read my updates….then I suggest you subscribe NOW!!! I have developed an obsessive passion for self-improvement and my personal growth. So this week I’ll be blogging about some of the self improvement tactics I intend to take. As I stated in the beginning, I have completely given up alcohol and  stop letting my anger get out of control. Baby steps people…baby steps! So please feel free to comment on what you will do this week, maybe I can get some pointers from all of you out there….so here’s to a week of self improvement!!!

Ms. Fran