“Recently I underwent a medical treatment and it was very painful. A quick thought passed through my mind of having a drink. I was asked later by that psychiatric nurse about the treatment and mentioned that to be told you can’t think of a drink. My reply was “it was only a thought” it doesn’t harm anyone. (Thank you, Christina!)
“Taking things one day at a time is huge. Don’t be worrying about things that may or may not happen in the future. I learned to be grateful. There are a lot of people so much worse off than myself. I learned that sobriety has to be Numero Uno!!
S – Stop
O – Observe
B – Breathe
E – Expand
R – Respond
“Since being in Coolmine, my “washing machine head” has stopped spinning. I believe I am able to rationalise things better and have more patience than lashing out mostly anyways. I have reconnected better with family. I wish people knew how our heads/minds worked in addiction and in recovery. That everything to us isn’t so simple as with others. That anxiety can be a huge issue (for me anyways).
“I have been able to go abroad and get urgent dental work started. All be it I had to borrow some funds for it I never would have done this in active addiction and have saved the last amount required now to finish the treatment which was something I never could have done whilst drinking.
“I have been getting on so much better with family. I have made contacts within AA that I know that I can call, even just to chat, not to mention if my head wobbles or I have a tricky decision or situation to deal with.
“I’ve reconnected with my family. Along with Coolmine I am so grateful to a lot of my family for all their support throughout everything. Some people never had or maybe lost this throughout their addiction or even recovery. The family know who they are without mentioning names!!”