Our #CommunityEngagement Administrator Melissa Brown (left) and Executive Director of our new program Pinnacle Treatment Services of Roanoke Krista Mobley at the recent Community Coalitions of Virginia statewide summit. Helping to provide answers and solutions to combat #addiction and prevent substance abuse in Virginia.
Ready to be inspired? Today's Transformation Tuesday post features alumni Zach. On the left, Zach's mom tells us on how he was in active addiction. The picture on the top right is Zach in the hospital, recovering from an overdose, and the one on the bottom right is him present day. The difference is amazing! In his own words: "In active addiction, I was a complete mess. I tore through everyone’s life that I touched. I lived a meaningless life. I was soulless and heartless... and one day I was lifeless. I am delusional about a lot of things, so attached is a photo of what my mother would have to say about me in active addiction.
Since getting sober, God has put all sorts of things into my life. I have the best job that I’ve ever had in my life, with the best employers. I can be trusted to do what I say I will do. I’ve entered into a new relationship with a girl more amazing than my wildest dreams. I get to be helpful to people every single day. And God has taken the obsession to use drugs away from me.
Is life perfect? No. Not even close. I mess up on a daily basis. I’m still selfish sometimes. I’m still learning how to be the best son, brother and boyfriend. But I open my eyes every morning to a life better than I could have ever imagined. And you can too. I’d be happy to help show you how." Zach, you have grown tremendously since we first met you! The decisions you make today are showing your family and loved ones that you are willing to make the change to become the man you were always meant to be. It is our great pleasure to see it unfold before our very eyes. Keep it up!! 💚💚💚 #soberlife#sober#addiction#addictionrecovery#overdose#overdoseawareness#FoundationsStrong#reoveryispossible#cleanandsober#cleanandsoberlife#transformationtuesday
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“Recovery is about learning how to tolerate emotions without needing to numb to just exist. To have contentment, peace, serenity, and joy, which is what any human has the birthright for.”
Hey hey, Happy Tuesday from Cold-As-Fuck Chicago. I did a bunch of Back work today, and even tried some new grips and methods. I do all the standard shit with my workouts but lately I've been throwing in random stuff just to try it out. Im here so much that sometimes I need to add new shit into the routine to keep it interesting. Anybody actually read this shit? Lol. #YourFightAintOver
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As we continue showing our #gratitude to those who make a lasting impact on HT and the #recovery community, today we'd like to take the time to recognize Angel Menendez!
Angel currently serves on our Board of Directors and frequently visits our campuses to serve as a positive role model for those seeking recovery. Angel is also a veteran and a champion for veterans who are in recovery. We truly appreciate his unending support for our mission!
Thank you for your service to our country and your role in supporting recovery, Angel!
Do they really die?
Are they still in your heart? Well, feelings for loved ones who have passed away don’t really fade away. The loved one may not be with you in person and the physical form of the person is in fact no longer with you but you still class them as dead. In a physical form, yes, they are dead. The memories, thoughts, feelings however are deep within you and you can call upon these as easy as it would have been if you were to pick up the phone and call that person if he / she was still alive. In fact, jumping into that feeling is easier. It can take a split second. Sometimes you don’t even realise and boom, you’re deep into a thought about a special moment that you may have had with your loved one.
I was in the Sahara desert during a week in November 2019 and on one evening, I was sat on a dune at 23:00 with Paul, someone I met within the group a couple of days prior (we were tent buddies too) and we were in deep conversation, with only the stars above us. I was sharing some memories during the conversation about my mum. Like a shooting star, memories were sweeping through my mind. One in particular lit up my mind which I had to share with Paul.
I was sat by my mums hospital bedside in 2016. She was suffering from delirium after an episode of sepsis. I was aware she wasn’t going to survive and it was a matter of time until she was to die. The delirium was keeping her awake but also she was repeating the same sentences over and over again. She hadn’t slept for 48 hours.......
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You've heard of the cake, but have you heard of BETTER THAN SEX HAIR?! It's called "massage hair" and it's what happens when you've got a really great friend who's looking out for your workaholic ass.
See that bruise above my eye? I gave that to myself by tripping up some stairs and going headfirst into my front door. It's healed a bit since then. Not pictured: The bruise on my left foot that I got exactly one week later from a similarly-clumsy incident. My partner told me "see? You're supposed to slow down."
I'm a skeptic and an optimist. I like to look for proof of magic and then second guess it. Maybe that was a little bit of magic, or maybe it was crap luck.
I was on the ol' struggle bus yesterday. I have a lot going on and too much to do... even prioritizing where to begin seemed like too much of a task.
I had to leave for an appointment, so I did that. Emotionally drained and ready to cry, I grabbed my laptop and headed to get some work done becauseemotionscanwaitandI'msodamnbusy. Then I saw a couple texts from a friend.
"What are you doing?"
"Can you stop for 1 hour to come get a massage? It's on me."
When I got there, she told me she just "had a feeling you needed this today".
It's all in the timing, baby. That's some magic.
Oh, and I consciously took the rest of the day off. And rocked this epic 'do.
Workaholism? I'm workin' 😉 on it.
On the Menu for tonight’s Brain Trust gathering: Continuing a deep dive into strategies around teens and technology -via the groundbreaking addiction/trauma/development work of @gabormatemd and brain science around dopamine resistance. We’ll also be talking about why teenage boys are falling short in every educational category and what might be done about it. Giving humans tools to be better humans. 6:30 PM #Gabormate#mindfulness#teensandtech#neuroscience#brainscience#addiction#techaddict
I’m only typing this with one hand.
I’ll probably switch to two soon.
But right now my right arm is propping my head up on the pillow so I can see the screen while my left hand types & misspells & backspaces & waits for autocorrect to come tho.
Through. Not tho.
I woke up planning a hike & got ready & laid back down & really haven’t moved since.
Mostly the hike was for pictures on Instagram.
That’s a fun realization to have.
Seeing how many of my life choices are based around a social sharing platform & how I can creatively (read: deceptively) curate my life to look vs how I’m actually feeling & what I actually need & how altogether boring that self care life really is.
Hashtag self care.
I’m still typing with one hand.
There’s rain on my window & snow on my family in Michigan.
My dog is staring at me to let her up on the bed.
She’s behind me so I don’t really know if that’s true, but after living with an animal for 10 years, you get pretty good at reading the different types of silences.
That goes for humans too.
Though I’ve yet to meet a human whose silence I can bear.
“Having someone you can talk to is cool, but it’s been my experience that it is a lot harder to find someone you can be quiet with.”
I’m typing with two hands now, based on the fact that I had to toggle between two screens in order to accurately quote Eileen & make my former point about silence more solidified.
Or at least less lonely.
“Other people feel this too”: the phrase I’ve been repeating to myself every day for the last week.
It’s part of Tonglen meditation that Pema Chodron teaches.
I literally won’t bore you with those details.
It’s weird to be so cynical & spiritual at the same time.
I do my best to remember that it’s all part of the same thing.
The need to make the pain of human life somehow purposeful.
I hope your week has been cool.
I’m back to typing with one hand.
Get on my level, hoe.
That’s from a rap song.
Oh PS: They have advent calendars for dogs at Trader Joe’s in case you decide that’s something you need in your life, as it is now a part of mine.
Tis the season, amiright?
xo Cara 😴 #balancedhuman
Developing an addiction, may it be to alcohol or drugs, is not as obvious at first. The smallest habit can turn into something far more sinister if left unchecked. It's almost impossible to notice you've developed an addiction until it's brought to your attention by someone else.
If it's come to your realization that you've developed a dependency, reach out to us today. The best way to help yourself is to actually ask for help. You don't have to do this alone. 💛
The challenge of fighting your addiction and staying sober is a struggle. 😥 One part of you wants to quit and the other part is trying to lure you back into your old habits. But if you believe that you can beat addiction, you will. 🚭 Change your mindset, change your life! 💚
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What an AMAZING transformation from @therunningmomma90 !!
5 years and 8 months sober, AND she’s graduating with her bachelors degree next month 😱
Show some love for this phenomenal veteran and mother of 3!!! 🙌 #wedorecover
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15 years ago today I crawled into my first and only treatment center. My wife and father drove me there and dropped me off. I was full of fear, doubt, pain, anger, hate, embarrassment, shame and guilt. I hatted the entire world simply because I hated the person I had become after 20 years of active addiction. Through the gift of desperation, I became willing to ask for help. It is only by God’s grace and mercy along with application of the 12 step program that we can celebrate today’s 15 years. Thank you everyone in the fellowship and the recovery community for your help and support making today possible, I surely couldn’t and didn’t do it alone. I don’t care what path you take to find recovery and what works for you, I just encourage you to find one. I’m not the face of recovery, I’m simply a face in recovery. I do not have all the answers but I know where to find them. I don’t have it all figured out but I do know how to live life on life’s terms without picking up one day at a time. We can and do recover! You want more proof? On this same day 23 years ago my Brother James Turley surrendered also 4 years ago our Brother Jim Bergen Jr. and we cannot forget Joseph Frankeberger and his wife Brandi Frankeberger who are both celebrating 2 years today. All five of these people on this same day but on different years decided to surrender to a new way of life! How’s that for proof that we can and do recover. Congratulations to anyone who is staying clean no matter what and kicking the disease of addiction right in its teeth!
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A HUGE congratulations to @jessicagreenoh for one full circle around the sun of SOBRIETY! Her mantra is: one day at a time. Keep on inspiring us all lovely!! Give her a follow to learn more about her story and how she works her program 👉 @jessicagreenoh
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Over those 10 years my life has changed a lot. Give yourself a chance at a better life. I believe we all have it in us. But we must step on to the other side of fear. Fear is what kept me down. It wasn’t just one thing it was dozens. One by one I started to work on them and life started to improve. There is still lots of work to be done as we are always evolving as humans. Keep up the great work everyone and let’s keep talking about how recovery is possible. ❤️☝️
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Another morning of not remembering what I did the night before. Another week of not knowing who I hurt or who I harmed. Another year of promises that I just can’t keep.
It took four long, traumatic years before I finally found sustainable recovery & even in recovery, I felt like I was dying, a lot - events that were out of my control, unfortunate, & so painful.
How would I ever make it out alive, sane, and in one piece? When would I finally feel whole?
It takes what it takes and time takes time. The best thing I ever did and still do is not pick up a drink or a drug, no matter what. NO MATTER WHAT.
And today, it’s a lot easier to do so, as I know and have seen what sobriety has done for me & how it’s allowed me to grow into the woman I am today - shedding everything that was not mine, being re-born in a variety of ways, & not carrying anything that I am not meant to carry.
A lot of no’s.
A lot of boundaries.
A big push and pull with putting myself first.
Am I allowed to?
Is that OK?
Yes. It is absolutely OK and in fact, I believe, it’s necessary.
Lots of love wherever you are, however you feel, and whomever you feel like.
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People in co-dependent relationships generally act out a cycle of one person being the victim, and the other person being the saviour. The victim gets to be rescued and showered with love, and the saviour gets to feel needed and validated. The only way to break the cycle is to realise- everything you need, you can give yourself❤️ #codependence#relationships#addiction#kerwinrae