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Emotional Hangover

August 30, 2015 10:47 pm

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When I was drinking I had HORRIFIC hangovers and despite these hangovers, I drank time and time again.  It has been so long since I have had a hangover, I almost forgot what it was like…….  Emotional hangovers are good reminders….

In sobriety, I occasionally experience the ‘emotional hangover’.  It has been quite a while, but I have been suffering from one ALL weekend!

What is an emotional hangover?  According to Urban Dictionary an emotional hangover is:

The feeling you wake up with in the morning after an emotional breakdown from the night before. This feeling is sometimes a result from an argument, a deep sadness, an unfortunate loss, a break-up, drama, strong feelings of regret, conflicting emotions, etc.

What do you do for your emotional hangovers?  Me?  I stew in it for days, feeling sick and miserable before I even realize what is going on.  Once realized my current ‘hangover’ was DRAMA related I had my solutions:

  • I get to reflect on myself and my behavior – the spot check inventory.…..  Step 10, “…every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us.”  -pg. 90 12&12.
  • I have a choice: to remain in the negative, emotional situation OR not to participate in the drama….  Today I choose not to participate.  IT IS NOT WORTH IT!

It never ceases to amaze me how close the emotional hangover feels to that of my drinking days….  I hate the feeling…  I am blessed that I know the solution!  Even if it takes a few days to remember… 🙂

Why Volunteer?

August 22, 2015 11:49 am

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Why not?  I have volunteered for causes since my teen years.  Whether it be in rural South America teaching sanitation, reforestation, and dental hygiene or helping to build homes for families in need or locally cleaning up our beaches.

In the end it is selfish.  I always get more than I give.

Through volunteering:

I have made new friends.

I have explored the world.

Supported my local community.

Gained skills.

Gained confidence.

Gained a sense of feeling needed and the work I was doing was important.

Made beneficial connections.

Gotten OUTSIDE.

Put energy towards things I believe in.

Seen projects to fruition.

Developed leadership skills.

and most of all HAD FUN!

Beacon HouseSM is coming together with Save our Shores for an Annual Coastal Cleanup Day at Lovers Point Beach.  This is an AWESOME volunteer opportunity to give back to our community and to help keep our beautiful and loved beach clean.

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For details please visit: http://beaconhouse.org/events/

 

 

Kurt Johnson

August 14, 2015 12:26 am

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Meet Kurt Johnson.

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Kurt is has been with Beacon HouseSM for over three years.  He began working with us in the capacity of a Case Manager on the Residential side of our program.  Recently he has taken on the role of Manager of the Beacon HouseSM Outpatient Program.    Kurt is fun, smart, quick witted, and compassionate about the people he helps and he is determined to see folks get better!

Fun fact about Kurt:    Kurt has been a musician since he was a teenager and still loves to play, write, and sing.   He also likes chess, crosswords, and trivia!

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Kurt was also a super cute kid with what appears to be a little bit of attitude!

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Check out the Kurt’s bio on our website at:

http://beaconhouse.org/staff/kurt-johnson-ma-ras/

And our Outpatient Program at:

http://beaconhouse.org/treatment-programs/outpatient/

 

Airport Alcohol

August 7, 2015 11:59 pm

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Are you hypervigilant to anything alcohol?  I am.

At the airport yesterday this is just some of what I observed:

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In my drinking days I would have been in this bar IMMEDIATELY before my flight!

I also came across these bottles….

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While I was trying to candidly take these pictures I began chatting with the man carting them away….

He told me he had eight days off cigarettes and King Alcohol. Boom!  What a gift to spend a moment with a newcomer being reminded of “what it was like”and to be able to share some of my experience, strength and hope with him as well….

Have a great weekend!