Build A Life That You Love


By, Crystal S. Kauffman

Changing your life can be extremely difficult with the many different temptations around you. Most of the time, you are far away from the temptation, but sometimes it can be right in your face. This temptation can actually be in the form of a person, who just happened to dropped by to visit you after months or years of not communicating.

Right then, you must decide how you will handle this blast from your past. Will you choose the easy way out, which is to give into temptation? However, you could also visit for a few moments and then politely excuse yourself from the nerve racking situation. Only, you can choose what you will do when you face certain daily temptations.

Be sure to keep your support system on speed dial, because giving in to temptation is not worth the amount of guilt that you will face after your relapse. Stay completely away from circumstances and situations that will challenge your strength, while adding new things that completely inspire you. Start by creating a life that makes it easier for you to remain sober, because you are doing things that you enjoy despite the degree of temptation.

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Temptation Moved In Next Store


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By, Imogen Rayne

Two months ago, temptation literally moved in next store to me. I became anxious and worried about my own path to recovery as an recovering addict. I have over two years clean from an addiction to Crack cocaine. I didn’t use regularly, but I fell too many times into an addiction trying to beat an addiction to opiates.

First of all, I became angry to see the dealer pull up to his house. Then, I got even angrier when he borrowed something from me and it didn’t matter what it was. Honestly, I never really fought the urge to use that drug again, but I fought the urge to not feel the pain that I feel ever since my cancer treatment within my stomach, back, and legs.

I am so proud of myself, because I was able to truly overcome the devil and keep moving forward in my own recovery and my life. For a moment, I did become weak and I immediately leaned on my support system. They each guided me in the steps to take daily as this drug is displayed in my face on a regular basis.

Most of all, I am praying for the addict, which is all I can do to be honest. I am damn proud of myself for continuing to rock sobriety, even when others thought I would not make it in my sober journey. Additionally, I have had a stable home for nine months and I have worked hard to make amends with my family and friends.

If you are rocking sobriety, give me a “Hell yeah” in the comments!

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Be True To Yourself!


By, Crystal S Kauffman

Never allow someone to tear you down or talk down to you, due to the mistakes you have made in the past or even recently. If you have tried to make amends, then you have done your part and you must let the situation go. Nothing you will do can change the outcome, unless the person agrees to forgive you for your transgressions. Stand tall and walk proud, because you are no longer chained to your addiction and you are fighting the good fight of sobriety.

There will be good days and really bad days ahead, but be true to your beliefs and to yourself…first above all else! You matter and you are loved, yet sometimes we lose the ability to see past our own mind which causes us to believe we are utterly alone. Thankfully, you are not alone in this fight and you have so many people ready to help you…whether in an online community or a local AA or NA support group.

Make new friends who are sober and walk away from the toxic so called friends and/or family who continue to use drugs. Above it all, be true to yourself and decide what your future will look like, since you are the captain of your beautiful ship called life. You may be bruised, broken, and shattered from the life you led before you put your addiction away. Take a moment to learn the lessons of your past and remember each lesson, as you guide your ship called LIFE into the future.

Start the healing process today; by leaning on your divine creator…no matter if you believe in God or a Higher Power! Never ever give up on yourself, because you deserve happiness and peace everyday of your life. Take time to heal yourself by talking to a counselor and be sure to check out your mental health as well. Keep your mind healthy and busy, while you learn to navigate the rough waters of sobriety.

If you have kids or a wife, please take time to yourself and this will help you become stronger and more adapt to handling the everyday stresses. If you need to enter a rehab center, please do this immediately so you can start the healing process now. Your family deserves to be safe with you and they do not need to be hurt because you are hurting. Be true to yourself and your family, by doing all that you can to stay sober while healing yourself.

Stay Strong!!!

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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.  

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(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.

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(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.

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