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Share your story of sobriety with us at our Contact page. Do you have an empowering story of triumph over addiction? Do you remember what it was that made you realize you need help? Do you have a close friend or relative that coached you through recovery? We want to know about it!Joe T, Head Research Assistant at Helping Others Live Sober
I have been sober for 18 months. I can say the greatest thing that helped me was prayer. I used to drink and smoke weed with friends at concerts and parties. I try to stay in dry places with sober friends now. I was nervous about going to a relatives birthday party because I knew my cousin would have a lot of booze there. I took a friend in recovery with me to the party, and that really helped. It made it easier to leave after I gave my cousin his gift and to not have a drink to be comfortable there.Anonymous from Tx
I lost my keys the other day when I was already late for school. I was so frustrated and the thought of using drugs popped into my head that I might as well get high since I could not get there in time. I paused and asked my Higher Power for help. Then I put on my coat and starting walking to school, which was less than a mile away. I got there late but I also got a workout in. More importantly, I did not check out from myself and stayed sober. I used to always use drugs over this kind of thing.Jim from Utah
I was smoking marijuana since school and this continued after graduation, where I applied for university, but could not get a grip. I dropped out and lived a typical NEET lifestyle for a year. But I decided to quit smoking and for 3 months now I am enrolled in university again and I could not be more motivated.
I started to question myself, since I was pretty much motivation less every day and the urge to go to my dealer or hang out with stoner friends was pretty big. But what helped me?
1. Willpower & Distractions: What may sounds obvious, but hard to enforce is not start to smoke after you get the urge... I tried to distract myself with other casual things...may it be playing video games or going to the gym... It helped having other thoughts, and after 2 weeks the urge faded more or less away. When I started to enroll for university I found something I like and I think everyone can do.
2. Wrong Friends: Delete the phone number of your dealer, and try to turn down friends who want to smoke with you...this was definitely not an easy thing to do for me. I tried to tell them a simple NO. The frequency of them asking me to have a session gets lower and lower, when I have little contact to them.
3. Knowing where you are: This may be a personal thing, but I realized that I was in a [bad] situation and that there are more things in life than smoking pot. I want to have a decent job, decent money, and an easy life. And I definitely would not get that by staying at home and smoking a gram per day.Lennard
I never thought it was okay to be me for a long time. I guess that is what alcohol and drugs did for me, I could be anyone I wanted to be when I was drunk. That nervous girl went away and out came the holiday hostess who knew what to say all the time. Being sober, I am finally getting comfortable in my own skin. I have been sober for a few 24 hours now and I do not always feel great. But its okay not feel okay, each day that I am sober, I get to know myself a bit more. I feel awkward and shy at times, and then other times you can never shut me up. I am goofy and silly and laugh at my own jokes. I am no longer afraid to do me.Anon in OH