Hobbies Are Vital…


“Learning Yoga” Copyright 2019, Crystal S. Kauffman

By, Crystal S. Kauffman

There are other things to do to take your mind off things. You need to find people who enjoy the same hobbies that you do. However, you could also learn new obvious that your new friends like.

There are things like fishing, boating, bowling, mudding, racing, horseback riding, and so much more. Look for new things to do, instead of sitting at home and staying stuck inside your own head.

You can find things that do not include other people or a lot of money. However, you may find something that may interest you need to take time to explore new things you and your friends that you have made since you turned your life around.

Never allow anyone to make you feel like there is nothing to do now that you are sober and in recovery. A new life has just begun for you and you should explore new hobbies and friends who live a clean life.

You can make friends at local AA or NA groups, as well as local online groups. Don’t give up on making new friends or new hobbies, just because you’re having a setback at the moment.

Take time to learn from every setback and every new obstacle that you may encounter on your journey. You have the power to change your life, once you’re beaten your demons and have entered recovery.

Look around online for new forms of exercise like: CrossFit, yoga, Pilates, and martial arts to name a few. This new routine of exercising will help you avoid gaining weight once you slay your demons and become sober. Furthermore, Stress can also be managed by creating a regular release system through exercise or new hobbies.

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You Can be Redeemed!


By, Crystal S Kauffman

Are you struggling with guilt because of your past addictions? Do you feel like after all you did that no one can honestly love or care about you? Well, no matter how far you were ensnared in addiction, you can be redeemed but you must try to make amends to those you hurt. As long as making amends will not cause more hurt to you or others, you must try to ask for forgiveness and move forward.

Don’t get hung up on your guilt, since all that will do is give you a reason to step backwards and you may die with the next hit or shot. Also, work hard to help those around you in ways that you are able, but don’t let someone else’s problem become your problem. Making bad choices will cost your recovery, so try to make better decisions throughout each day. Call a trusted friend and ask their advice whenever you are unsure of what choice to make.

As you begin taking steps to make amends in your life, you will find that your guilt will no longer be such a heavy burden for you to bear. Remember to just breathe and keep moving forward as you reclaim all that you lost in addiction and more. Go to counseling and AA or NA meetings to learn coping skills that will help you deal with the different emotions that you will feel in recovery. Remember, be humble and just focus on making it through each moment, so you can take it it one day at a time.

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One Moment at a Time…


By, Crystal S. Kauffman

In recovery, I hear everyone say take it “One Day at a Time”, but the truth is that you must make it through each moment first. There are 60 minutes within an hour and you must make it through 24 hours each day. My personal belief is that you must make it “One Moment at a Time”, because this is truly the only way you will make it through the day.

Especially, when you choose to enter recovery and take control of your life again. No matter how addiction has grabbed you, be willing to face the ugly truth and take personal inventory of your life.

The first step, is to keep you mind busy, because if all you do is sit around and think about all the mistakes you made. You will lose any ground you have gained in your recovery and begin self destructing again.

Next step, get away from everyone who is toxic to you like friends and family who are still using drugs or using you. Take time to yourself and evaluate who lifts you and who tears you down.

This this time to get real with yourself and decide does your life matter? Find a support group or rehab center to learn coping skills and ways to combat your cravings. You got this, but you have to truly want to be free from addiction.

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Spread Positive Seeds


By, Crystal S. Kauffman-Amon

Sometimes, when I meet a person for the first time, I literally will have to get away from this person as fast as I can. I can just feel their negative energy pouring off of them before they even say a word to me. Immediately, these negative people will have this defeated look that seems to stay with them throughout the time that you are around them.

It gets worse, whenever they talk because they seem full on negative comments or contradictions as they talk. Nothing is ever good enough for them, since life has always been terrible for them and they choose to remain in addiction. However, they don’t realize that they are giving power to the negative energy and words, by planting seeds that will grow.

Instead, be a person who plants positive seeds and spread positive energy everywhere you go throughout your day. There will be disappointments, but don’t dwell on them and become negative or bitter. Take what you have learned and apply it to the next adventure that you plan to take, whether it is a new school or a new job.

Remember, setbacks are temporary and designed to make you feel like a failure, but learn from that setback and make the next moment your comeback. Spread those positive seeds, by helping others who are new in recovery and may need a shoulder to lean on or a friend to help them in their moment of weakness.      

Copyright 2019

(I am not a licensed therapist. Based on personal knowledge.)

The Final Choice Is Yours


By, Crystal S. Kauffman 

Are you struggling with thoughts of using drugs, while you are in recovery? Do you really believe that you can do it one and lay it down again? Did you know can be clean for several years and still struggle with thoughts of using the drug of your choice?

Honestly, as a recovering addict you cannot just walk away after using again, because you will want more. Actually, your lying to yourself, if you believe that you can control the monster or demon inside of you. However, the brutal truth that you must tell yourself that you are an addict and you cannot ever use your drug of choice again. 

Relapsing even one time, can lead to your immediate death or destroy the progress that you have made in recovery so far. No matter what anyone says, the choice is yours and only you will face the temptation of wanting use drugs again.

During this time, you may feel weak or overwhelmed with the constant nagging inside your mind that you must face alone.  Take time to identify the people, places, and things that are triggers and stay away from them at all times.  Unfortunately, you need to keep your distance from people who use drugs, especially the ones that are using your drug of choice.

After some time in recovery, you will have enough strength to face your own monsters or demons that are screaming in your head. It is s up to you to make the choice that is best for you and your situation. Nothing in the world is worth losing your sobriety over, so guard your mind against all forms of temptations.

are never the answer, but asking for help from a trusted loved one or a friend who can actually help you stay on track. If you are in recovery, then let me say I am proud of the progress you have made so far. Keep your head held high and know that your beautiful, as you keep moving forward toward your dreams or goals.  

Copyright 2019 

(I am not a licensed therapist. Based on personal knowledge.)

Celebrate Your Sobriety


By, Crystal S. Kauffman

Becoming sober is a difficult thing for a person who is living with and feeding their addition. Some people count the days and months that they have been in recovery. Be proud of making it to recovery, because many actually don’t make it to getting sober. You should celebrate you recovery in a way that feels right to you.

Every month, begin planning a small celebration on your sober anniversary. Ask your healthy friends and family to join you in honoring your choice to remain sober. Your anniversary night could be a quiet dinner or going to the movies. Do something you never did while living in addiction, which could be going bowling or a day at the beach.

Just do something for yourself like buying a new outfit or shoes. Try to spend just $20 toward yourself and buy yourself a reward for staying strong. Celebrating each small victory that you achieve and be proud of your progress. Rewarding yourself can help you stay focused and sober.

Copyrighted 2019

(I am not a licensed therapist. Based on personal experience.)

Changing Your Inner Circle


By, Crystal S. Kauffman

Are you living with an addictive personality, but you are sober right now? If so, then you need to change some keys things in your life right now! Separate yourself from everyone that will help feed your addiction, as well as anyone who chooses to use drugs themselves. Chase your sobriety like you chased the high that you craved from the drugs you chose to use.

Protecting yourself and your mind from bad influences that are lurking inside your inner circle truly is the only way to manage your addictions. Family and friends can influence you in ways that any other person could not. The only way to control your addictions is to stay away from those who are actively using. Honestly, you cannot just say that their use will not affect you, because it absolutely will tempt you.

Remember that you will always live with an addictive personality and you will need to manage your sobriety just like any other chronic disease. Recovery is possible, once you become honest with yourself and others. Asking for help is so vital to becoming and maintaining a sober lifestyle. Active remove people out of your life that have chosen to feed their addiction. Don’t give up and don’t stay anywhere near active users, because you will relapse.

You know these people are no longer someone you will want to hang around. Temptation is around every corner, so be sure to keep you inner circle drug free. After cleansing your inner circle, begin adding family and friends who are supportive and will hold you accountable when you start going down the wrong path again.
Cutting active users will help you, as you begin the brutal process of healing the pain that you were trying to numb with the drugs. Don’t be afraid to get help from a psychiatrist or counselor, since mental health issues can trigger a relapse. Fight for your life and sobriety, because choosing to feed your addiction may kill you.

Start protecting yourself by cutting all contact with active drug users and surround yourself with loved ones who encourage you to stay sober. There are support groups online that you can talk with anytime of the day and night. When you are struggling to make it through the day, just remember to breathe and get through the moment of weakness. Therefore, take an honest inventory of your friends and family members before their influence can poison your mind.

Copyrighted 2019

(I am not a licensed therapist. Based on my personal experience.)