A Special Guest to End March Gambling Awareness Month. Recovery & Addiction Expert Rev. Dr. Kevin T. Coughlin Ph.D …

A Special Guest to End March Gambling Awareness Month. Recovery & Addiction Expert Rev. Dr. Kevin T. Coughlin Ph.D …

I am very happy and honored to have a Special Recovery Guest and dear friend of mine who has also been my close friend for several years and we have been through “thick and thin” together. He has become like a brother I never had.

He is not only a talented in-depth writer, fellow author, and loud advocate, but he has also been a mentor and a #1 supporter of my recovery from addicted gambling. Yes, I am talking about Rev. Dr. Kevin T. Coughlin Ph.D…

I invited him as my special guest to help me close out Gambling Awareness Month with Expert Advice. He has done so and all about Relapse Prevention for all of us. Now, Kevin is in the process of revamping his website! I will invite you all to NOT hesitate by visiting his Amazon Author Bio Page and grab many of his best-selling award-winning books!

There are many to choose from and they will enhance and uplift you in your recovery journey. So I present this helpful and educational article that Kevin was kind enough to write and share with us today!   ~Catherine Lyon, Author, and Advocate.

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Relapse Prevention is Key to Long-Term Recovery from Ludomania

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Problem gambling, or ludomania,
is an urge to continuously gamble despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. Problem gambling often is defined by whether harm is experienced by the gambler or others, rather than by the gambler’s behavior. Severe problem gambling may be diagnosed as clinical pathological gambling if the gambler meets certain criteria.

Pathological gambling is a common disorder that is associated with both social and family costs. “Pathological gambling” is the most severe form of problem gambling and has been recognized by the American Psychiatric Association as a disease since 1980. Gaming or gambling is supposed to be for fun, for entertainment.

Teenagers are 3 to 4 times more likely to become problem gamblers than adults. 90% of High School students have gambled at least once in the last year. In the USA ages 14-21, 2.1% struggle with Problem Gambling, another 6.5% are at risk. Every year, 2% -3%, 2M U.S. adults are estimated to meet the criteria for disordered gambling and another 4-6M individual are problem gamblers at risk for serious addiction consequences. Men make up 2/3 majority of Problem Gamblers.

Relapse ‘s definition, to fall or slip back into a former state or practice. Relapse certainly can happen to those who are in recovery from substance abuse and (Problem Gambling) process addictions; however, it should not be expected, only a possibility. Many individuals recover without ever knowing the first physical relapse in their entire lifetime of sobriety. Most have emotional and mental relapses at certain times, and some do have physical relapses as well.

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.There are three different types of relapse:
Emotional Relapse
Mental Relapse
Physical Relapse

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Remember that relapse is a process, Behavior Changes: Hanging around slippery people, places, and things. Arguing and acting out. No serenity, not demonstrating spirituality. Attitude Changes: Different priorities, meetings, and recovery not as important as they were. Changes in Feelings or Moods: Resentments, anger, boredom, not satisfied with anything, not grateful. Changes in Thoughts: Thinking that you may be able to use safely now. Not living a life of balance and not taking care of self can all lead to relapse.

“Don’t stay too long in the shame-filled grounds of relapse. Fertile soil awaits your return and your recovering.” – Holli Kenley


Major changes in the structure of life, such as divorce, losing a job, moving, having a child, death, a serious injury, a relationship change, things that are a major structural change or life events can lead to relapse.

When faced with tough times five tips that can help anyone avoid relapse are as follows:

1. Continue to work your program of recovery. The vehicle that promotes change. Draw close to whatever program or modality that got you sober in the first place. Call other sober friends in your support network and be honest about what is going on in your life. Don’t be afraid to pick up the 500lb. phone!

2. Utilize anger management skills. Dealing with problems right when they arise. Resentments are the number one offender; we can’t afford them. Don’t let the sun go down on a problem. Use anger management and problem-solving skills to work things out without letting emotions get the best of you. You don’t always have to be right, don’t always have to be in control, and don’t have to be perfect.

3. Beware of self-centeredness. Work on your spirituality. Don’t be selfish! Those who fail to grow spiritually will relapse. The one thing that we must do is maintain our spiritual conditions; that means we must continue to grow spiritually; we must go where we are spiritually fed.

4. Stay in the day and don’t project!One day at a time is great wisdom’! All we should worry about is today, tomorrow will take care of itself, so don’t worry. There is a God, and you’re not it!

5. Stay grateful! We must maintain an attitude of gratitude, if we forget all of the gifts that we have been freely given in recovery, then we are headed for trouble! If we forget the bottom or event or circumstance that led us into a life of sobriety then we are also in trouble, we must as they say, “Keep it green!” I have never seen a grateful person relapse!

These Tips Will Help Anyone Who Walks in the Sunlight of the Spirit Stay There.
If you walk in the shadows and dark places, then surely that’s where your heart will end up. The only way to have real long-term, lasting, quality sobriety is to continue to grow in recovery, and that means maintaining our spirituality on a daily basis, continuing to be spiritually fed daily growing in experience and wisdom and helping others. You can’t live on yesterday’s manna!

Stress and anxiety have always been triggers for substance abusers and regular people to learn hope to cope with on a daily basis. Drugs and alcohol had been “the solution” for them in the past; now they must disengage from such behaviors and find genuine coping mechanisms that last. Substance abusers need to be offered alternative ways to find a solution through a twelve-step approach, non-twelve-step approach, harm reduction, medication management, holistic programs, faith-based programs, and other approaches.

Individuals must learn healthy ways to cope with stress without the use of drugs or alcohol, utilizing these new-found tools as a solution to stress will lead to lasting sobriety. Those who don’t suffer from substance abuse will also need coping skills for life on their own terms.

Stress Coping Skills Key to Lasting Recovery
Developing strong stress and anxiety management skills and techniques are paramount to long-term sobriety, a balanced and healthy life. These skills can help those in recovery to avoid relapse and sustain lasting recovery. Research utilizing lab animals has shown that stress can precipitate relapses with addiction to certain chemicals.

PTSD & Chronic Stress
Chronic drug usage may alter brain pathways affecting the user’s response to stress; this can make them more susceptible to relapse. Those who suffer from PTSD and individuals who have been exposed to chronic stress may be more likely to relapse; this makes stress management skills all the more important.

Stress Leading to Relapse!
Significant changes in jobs, relationships, moving, finances, health, and other structural changes that those in recovery are likely to deal with cause stress and anxiety. This is a normal part of life for everyone. For the substance abuser, it’s okay to try to escape from the pressure. They must be careful not to transfer addictions from drugs to gambling, sex, or some other addiction. Medical specialists from the National Institute on Drug Abuse believe that the leading reason for relapse back into substance abuse is stress.

Some Individuals Need Mental Health Help
Healthy lifestyle changes are the best way to manage stress; some individuals will need to seek out help from mental health professionals as part of those changes. The Mental Health Professional will work with the Professional Coach to help the client reach their goals and solutions.

Some changes that people have found helpful:

Deep Breathing
Meditation and Yoga
Prayer
Proper Diet
Balance and Boundaries
Time management
Taking care of Yourself Better
Identifying Stressors
Talking Things Out
Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
Exercise
Low-Stress Activities

 

Positive People are the Winners!
In recovery and in life it is essential to connect with the right people, “stick with the winners” as they say. Those in early recovery need to be around individuals and groups that they can learn solutions from, recovery role models so to speak. It’s also important for those in early recovery to find an attitude of gratitude; it’s easy to become angry and negative from the very beginning. Gratitude raises balance, awareness, and the spirit in a way that the person will begin to see things about life in a new way, like seeing life with a new pair of glasses!

Talking with Others
Learning to tell on yourself in early recovery is one of the hardest but most beneficial skills. Talk things out with other sober people, give them a piece of your burden and suddenly your burden becomes light. Running, walking, lifting weights, writing poetry, journaling, drawing, being creative, move a muscle change and thought is a great way to get out of your head when stressed.

Avoid Relapse by Coping with Stress
All people need to learn to cope with stress in recovery; it’s essential to avoid relapse and maintain sanity and balance. Utilizing just a few of the tools and techniques can work for anyone if they want them to work. Sometimes just a deep breath works!

Professional Coaches Have the Goods!
Professional coaches have skill sets, tools, and core competencies that they utilize to help their clients change their lives for the better. They utilize specific action planning, powerful questioning, active listening, and many other skills and techniques to get the results needed to move forward toward the solution needed to achieve the client’s goals. Stress and anxiety aren’t good for anyone no matter their walk-in life.

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Triggers that Can Jeopardize Your Sobriety
When most people hear the word trigger, they think of the noun or the trigger of a gun; the verb trigger means to cause (an event or situation) to happen or exist. People who suffer from substance abuse and process addictions usually have triggers in their lives that are unique to their circumstances, past traumas, events, memories, losses, shame, guilt, anger, anxiety, etc. A recovering person’s triggers are set in motion through one or more of the five senses: smell, sound, touch, sight, and taste. Make no mistake about it; although we are talking about the verb, triggers can be as dangerous as the trigger on a gun!

Triggers of the Emotional Variety
Triggers can jeopardize your sobriety if they are not recognized and dealt with in early recovery. What triggers a relapse? Certainly, the reasons for relapse can be different for individuals; however, there are some commonalities such as fear, anxiety, stress, and depression. There are several other emotions that can also lead to relapse.

Triggers from People, Places, and Things
Certain people, places, and things can trigger a relapse if they remind the person of their addiction. In some cases, all three of these may have to be removed from the individual’s life if they expose the person to a significant risk of relapse. An example of a place, an alcoholic would not want to go to dinner in a bar that they drank at every day, where their old drinking buddies would be, and their favorite chair. In that case, all three areas of triggers would be involved.

Relapse is an Opportunity Not an Expectation
There are triggers that can jeopardize your sobriety; however, with a little instruction, the whole situation can be turned into a positive. In early recovery, the person should be made aware of what triggers are and have help to identify their patterns of addiction and relapse; relapse is an opportunity to learn what a person’s triggers are so that they can be identified by the substance abuser and prevent the next relapse. Some say that relapse is an expected part of recovery, that’s a mistake! Relapse is always a possibility in recovery; however, it shouldn’t be expected, when we teach people that, we set them up to fail.

Balance is Key
Balance is a key part of the recovery process, learning what we can do and cannot do and live in sobriety. Education, awareness, and prevention will assist the newcomers in recovery to understand the process of what genuine recovery means, avoiding all of the pitfalls that triggers may lead to on a daily basis by recognizing them and not allowing them to have power in your life of recovery.  Yes, triggers can jeopardize your sobriety, the good news is through education and awareness, you can prevent triggers from ever having power in your life.

By taking the time to identify triggers and understand them, you can avoid situations that may have led you to relapse because of triggers in the past. You have empowered yourself and taken the power away from the triggers, great job!

Recovery is a lifelong process.
We all make mistakes along the way, that’s alright, as long as we learn from them.

Pathological Gambling is a terrible disease that is becoming more and more of a problem in the United States. More teens are gambling than ever before in our history, more older Americans are becoming problem gamblers as well.

Don’t gamble your life away, bet on you, your family, and God!

May you have a wonderful journey as you walk in the sunlight of the spirit!

©2020 Rev. Dr. Kevin T. Coughlin Ph.D.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR & ADDICTION EXPERT

Rev. Dr. Kevin T. Coughlin Provincial Superintendent, Ph.D.,
DCC, DDVA, DLC, DD, NCIP, NCAMP, IMAC, International- Best-Selling Author and Award-Winning Poet has dedicated his life to helping others. Through Education, Awareness, and Prevention Rev. Coughlin has helped thousands of individuals who were afflicted with the disease of addiction, their families, and loved ones.

He has trained hundreds of professionals in the addiction recovery industry and in the professional coaching arena. He has decades of life experience, education, work-related experience; however, perhaps the most valuable information that Rev. Dr. Coughlin possesses that sits atop of his incredible resume is wisdom.

Reverend Dr. Coughlin is the Founder of The Professional’s International Institute of Higher Learning Online and Phase Two Christian Coaching, LLC. He was a Founder and Board Member of New Beginning Ministry, Inc., a non-profit, twelve-step residential addiction recovery program for adults, he served for two decades. Rev. Coughlin has helped thousands of individuals and their families to change their lives over the past twenty-plus years.

He is an Addiction Expert, Award-Winning Poet, an International-Best-Selling author, his books, journals, and manuals are used in the United States and other Countries by professionals, individuals, and facilities. With over 40+ published works, the author resides in PA.

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Multi-Award-Winning Author & Popular Life Coach, Maureen Scanlon Shares Her Well-Being & Happier Life Advice on “The Fit For Joy Podcast” With Host Valerie …

Multi-Award-Winning Author & Popular Life Coach, Maureen Scanlon Shares Her Well-Being & Happier Life Advice on “The Fit For Joy Podcast” With Host Valerie …

Well-being, happiness, and calming fears over the virus pandemic and much more is the Chat that Host, Valerie, and Author, Maureen Scanlon have on this amazing podcast and show now on “Fit For Joy!” … Cat

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Inspired by Love In The Quest for Well-Being

We are writers, non-fiction authors, wellbeing and life coaches, healers, doctors, holistic chefs, artists, nutritionists, personal trainers, therapists, and spiritual teachers, among others in the health and wellness community.

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Promoting Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Health

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My name is Valeria Teles aka Valeria Koopman. I am a Well-Being Coach, Author, and Podcaster.

I wrote the Fit for Joy book to start a conversation about the “true” meaning of health.

My other two books are on Love Awareness and Inner Peace.

As a podcast host, I explore meaningful truths, ideas, and insights about physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

I am grateful for the wonderful experience of having meaningful conversations with so many AMAZING human beings! 🙂

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Our Guest Today ~ Life Coach Maureen Scanlon

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Important Advice about Covid-19 from a pulmonary critical-care doctor — Why Evolution Is True…

 

Reader Rick sent me this video, which I’ve listened to in its entirety (57 minutes). It’s made by Dr. David Price, a critical pulmonary-care specialist at Weill Cornell Hospital in New York City. Usually he deals with all kinds of respiratory ailments, but, as he says, now he’s dealing only with COVID-19 patients. Here Price […]

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Stop Stressing Over The CoronaVirus! Sound Advice By Life Coach Maureen Scanlon, a Multi-Award-Winning Writer and Popular Life, Career, & Relationship Coach and My Mentor…

Stop Stressing Over The CoronaVirus! Sound Advice By Life Coach Maureen Scanlon, a Multi-Award-Winning Writer and Popular Life, Career, & Relationship Coach and My Mentor…

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Hello & Welcome Recovery Warriors, Friends, Visitors!

Many of us, like myself, have been seeing all the headlines, reading news, Facebook posts about Toilet Paper for sale and on and on. Then you have the internet, watching all the updates on TV about the CoronaVirus and quite frankly is putting a boatload of fear out in the world.

In an era of medical technology we live in today, most of us are pretty proactive about our health and well-being as media can be a hound in adding more panic or stress as we all go about our daily lives about “what’s happening” now and happening around the world which makes things seem more magnified …

So I am sharing this Special Post by my dear friend, mentor and recovery coach Ms. Maureen Scanlon. She has posted on her amazing blog and I am re-sharing it that just may ease some of the burdens of getting all caught in the hype of media and the CoronaVirus. Media is adding more fear to many and stress as this pandemic rides out.

Written by Life Coach Maureen, I too actually had a wee little session with her yesterday morning due to my own stress, mental health, and anxiety beginning to rise over all the news! I have tried to shut it out but becoming harder and harder to accomplish!

But, as usually, Maureen put me at ease and I hope her post will do the same for all who stop by in the next few days.

Just be proactive with common sense about your health and don’t get caught up in ALL the MEDIA HYPE!   ~Advocate, Catherine Lyon

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Why COVID-19 Plays on Our Worst Human Qualities …
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As we all navigate the current pandemic situation, let’s reflect on the facts:

  • The virus has incurred 36 deaths nationwide in the US.
  • There has been a 3.4% mortality rate worldwide; Italy being the main contributor at 1441 deaths total (due to the high population of elderly)
  • This is less than the SARS and MER viruses from years prior that were NOT declared a Pandemic…
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Let’s put into perspective that in the US, 1650 people die each day from Cancer, 360 people die from stroke, 229 die each day from diabetes, and 102 die each day in a car accident! And for those maintaining recovery surely know about the opioid epidemic happening as the CDC has estimated the National Drug Overdose Deaths—Number Among All Ages, by Gender, 1999-2018. More than 67,300 Americans died from a drug-involved overdose in 2018, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids. Keep in mind, this virus is just at a pandemic as we work to stop the spreading.

 

I personally view this virus and the media coverage of it,  like the relative that is always in your business, that causes drama in the family or they don’t know what else to do with themselves. Their normal way of coping is only when crisis, drama or turmoil is happening.

Unfortunately, our subconscious minds are just storage tanks and we read, listen and absorb everything we hear and see. Then our amygdala, or emotional brain,  takes over. We, as humans,  are wired to protect ourselves from harm. The instant our safety is perceived as threatened, we go to any lengths to stop the discomfort.

This is, unfortunately, when our worst qualities come out. We focus only on the reality of what we are surrounded by and witnessing while forgetting that we are able to thrive in spite of what we see. Self-preservation takes over, inability to focus on others and a “do whatever it takes” mentality ensues. We lose our manners and patience with one another. 

Here are some ways to stay in a place of peace, alignment, and joy in these trying times: 

Just the facts, ma’am– Try to only get information from the official sources. Listening to a wide variety of information can cause confusion and panic. Stay focused on your immediate community and neighborhood, fearing deaths across the world is not valuable to your state of calm.

Normalcy is key– Although some things will be disruptive, try to maintain as much normalcy as possible. This is especially important if you have children. If your school or employer has closed or changed, see this as an opportunity for a staycation. Go take picnics and hikes. Go fly kites or have a scavenger hunt. Don’t sit at home cooped up waiting for doomsday. Don’t stop visiting with people while using caution, your body has an amazing way of building immunity.


Think outside the box

As we see the empty shelves at the stores from all of the panic buying, figure out other ways to provide for your necessities. My husband, who is a very calm, logistical thinking man, was headed to work the other day at 5am, decided to stop into a store near his job, and walked in just as they were stocking the shelves. No crowd, no pushing, and he just picked up a couple of packages and left the rest for others.

A friend of mine stated he went to a store that sells hardware and tools, he walked around and saw that they also sold household cleaning supplies and there were plenty on hand in opposition to the grocery and big box stores. Search online, there are companies that sell everything from cleaning supplies to paper goods. Maybe even try a small business that sells organic or vegan products.


How about this?

When you go to the store and buy supplies, buy one for yourself and one for a friend or elderly neighbor.  Make a meal and bring it to someone in need.  Shouldn’t difficult times bring out the best in us?  Shouldn’t we be helping one another, taking care of those who need help and assistance? As we know the elderly are the most vulnerable of this virus and those with other major medical ailments are the most at risk.

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Healthy habits
The best defense against any virus is to have healthy habits. Make some new healthy meals, try new recipes, exercise, and do some deep cleaning of your home space. The obvious one being hand-washing, should be done more frequently. Use caution with the closeness and vicinity of people, maybe refrain from person-to-person touch, and use hand sanitizer.
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Serenity now
The most important of all is your state of mind. Like attracts like (Law of Attraction) so panic and fear bring more, peace and tranquility bring more of that energy. Set up a peaceful place for meditation and relaxation. Watch videos on motivation, mindfulness, and happiness. You are the creator of your mindset and the traffic cop for where your thoughts travel.

By spreading peace and calm, we can dissipate the panic and fear. Let’s all make it our goal to “Just Breathe” until this too, shall pass….

Love and blessings, 
Life Coach Maureen

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ABOUT MAUREEN SCANLON and HER BOOK:

Maureen Scanlon is the founder and CEO of Maureen Scanlon Life Coaching. She is an author, relationship expert, motivational speaker, positive change integrator, and spiritual coach who has successfully helped many people, from experienced professionals to young adults, make positive changes to overcome past experiences and negative thinking. When Maureen is not working to change the world, you can find her at home relaxing in Mesa, Arizona, with her husband, Dennis, and her furry babies, Jade and Brodie. She is also the mother of three adult children and grandmother to three grandchildren whom she adores.

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My Dog Is More Enlightened Than I Am:

Most of us go through our daily routines oblivious to the beauty of life and others around us—oblivious of the impact we have on the world. So it’s only natural that we consider patterning ourselves after our pets! These beautiful furry creatures are fully connected to their highest selves while giving unconditional love to those who cherish and care for them. By taking our lead from the animals in our lives, we learn how to live our best and fullest lives as well.

My Dog Is More Enlightened Than I Am examines the ways we all struggle and experience difficulties in our journey. You will learn to understand the lessons and meaning behind each past moment you have endured thus far and how to change your mindset and focus on the change you can make. You will come to admire the ways our animals live a life of purpose and how to be more like them.

This heartfelt, enlightening guide also offers tips on relaxation, spontaneity, developing an appreciation for our differences, caretaking, and nurturing relationships. Readers will feel a renewed sense of well-being and knowledge of how to embrace the journey like the pure souls of our furry companions.

Come and connect with Maureen on Social Media and stay in a Happier Space in Life!

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What Is The Right Way To Find a Recovery Sponsor to Guide You Maintaining Recovery? Guest Article by Detox & Recovery Experts …

What Is The Right Way To Find a Recovery Sponsor to Guide You Maintaining Recovery? Guest Article by Detox & Recovery Experts …

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You have made the discussion that addiction has come to make your life unmanageable and you are “Sick and Tired” of living sick and tired. You are fresh out of treatment and have begun support meetings like AA, NA, or GA and ready to choose a sponsor. What is the best way to do this? Will you be turned away? Who would be the best fit for you?

Well, our friends from Immersion Recovery Center and Detox & Recovery Experts share with us just how to go about choosing the right person to be your SPONSOR. Because there is more that goes into this responsibility of a sponsor than just helping you with your Step-work. Let’s see what they recommend on how to the best sponsor for you! If your needing help or treatment? Stop by Immersion Recovery Center’s Website!

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HOW TO FIND THE BEST SPONSOR TO SUPPORT YOUR RECOVERY

 

If You are committed to staying clean, sober, and gamble free? You need a sponsor.

But finding your first sponsor can be a little intimidating. Many people early in recovery are leery of relationships with new people, especially a relationship as significant as the sponsor/sponsee one. Putting your trust into someone you don’t know may feel strange at first, but sponsorship is key to lasting sobriety. You can’t afford to go it alone.

Fortunately, finding a sponsor is actually pretty easy if you know how and where to look.

1. Go to meetings.

They only way to find a sponsor is by going to meetings. The more meetings you attend, the more people you’ll meet.
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2. Don’t be nervous.

You might not be too keen on raising your hand during a meeting or introducing yourself to someone right off the bat. As scary as it is to step outside of your comfort zone, think of it this way: you’ve already stepped outside of your comfort zone by deciding to get sober. Plus, everyone there has been in your shoes and understands how you feel, so there’s no need to be nervous.
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3. Just ask.

Finding a sponsor is as easy as raising your hand and saying you’re looking for a sponsor. If you feel comfortable doing so, go for it. Most members are grateful for the opportunity to serve as a sponsor.
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4. Put yourself out there.

As a future sponsee, you’re there to learn. Instead of heading straight home after meetings, get involved. One study found that 42.3% of 12-step participants who found the program helpful were more likely to have been active in the program. If you don’t feel comfortable asking for a sponsor, volunteer to help set up, clean up or do other odd jobs. You’ll get to meet more people who can introduce you to more people while demonstrating your commitment.

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What to Look for in an AA, NA, or GA Sponsor

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A good sponsor is someone who has worked through the 12 steps and is active in their own recovery. There are several other qualities to look for in a sponsor:
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  • They’re of the same gender. AA recommends that it’s best for men to sponsor men and women to sponsor women. Recovery is challenging enough without the added distraction of attraction. Choosing a sponsor that you aren’t attracted to allows you to focus solely on recovery.
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  • They have time to sponsor. Try to pick a sponsor who isn’t already sponsoring other people. It may be a sign that they’re a great sponsor, but you’re better off choosing someone who is more available.
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  • They work with a sponsor. AA and fellowship go hand-in-hand. The best kinds of sponsors are the ones who are working with their own sponsors. They’ve experienced the sponsor/sponsee relationship from your point of view, and their sponsor serves as an additional resource in your recovery.
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  • They’re not like you. You might benefit from choosing a sponsor who isn’t exactly like you because it forces you to focus on the things you do have in common: addiction and recovery. There’s the safety that comes with having a sponsor similar to you, but if you’re looking for a sponsor, be open to all possibilities.
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  • They enhance your recovery. There is no application or screening process to finding a sponsor, so it’s possible that you could end up with a sponsor who isn’t beneficial to your recovery. A good sponsor is a positive influence who is there to support you through the good and bad times by providing encouragement and optimism.
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  • They’re honest. Your goal is to succeed in recovery, so you can’t afford to work with a sponsor who isn’t completely honest with you or afraid to speak up if they feel like you’re headed down a potentially dangerous path.
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  • They make you feel comfortable. You should feel comfortable confiding in your sponsor. If at any time you don’t feel comfortable around them, it’s OK to pick a new sponsor if it will help you advance your recovery.
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The sponsor/sponsee relationship is so crucial to recovery.
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It’s a partnership between two people in different stages of recovery who support one another and keep one another accountable. At Immersion Recovery Center, we take a comprehensive approach to recovery by employing the 12-step program and clinical and holistic therapies…

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Since the Coronavirus outbreak and now a pandemic, many are concerned about people gathering to not catch it. There are many options for doing meetings online.

Most 12-Step Meetings through AA, NA, and GA have these options and online forums as well. Visit their websites to find your area by STATE and see the list of online meetings.

AA Meeting Website: https://www.aa.org/
GA Meeting Website: http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/ga/
NA Meeting Website: https://www.na.org/ 
FOR Gambling Recovery: https://www.ncpgambling.org/

Sunday Journalism Spotlight …Part 5 “Faith in Recovery.” A Homeless Miracle About “The One Man Who Made It Out of Homelessness Alive and Is Grateful to Be An Advocate & Loud Voice for The Least, The Lost, & The Homeless.

Sunday Journalism Spotlight …Part 5 “Faith in Recovery.” A Homeless Miracle About “The One Man Who Made It Out of Homelessness Alive and Is Grateful to Be An Advocate & Loud Voice for The Least, The Lost, & The Homeless.

Today’s Recovery Spotlight Courtesy of The Citizens Journal.us of Ventura County. Advocacy in any form is worth a Mention! Many become homeless from all forms of addictions … Catherine

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ARTICLE COURTESY and SEEN IN Print By Citizens Journal .us – Ventura County News.
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Editor Note:
Most all my readers, friends, and site visitors know about me that my first and foremost passion in my personal life is my maintaining long-term recovery and write about it from an addiction that requires NO SUBSTANCE, Gambling Addiction.

So, before I share this Guest Article and courtesy of The Citizens Journal .us -Ventura County, some interesting developments have taken place with the man this article is about and happens to be a dear recovery and homelessness advocate friend of mine.

I am working on another new in-depth article and post which will be shared in a day or so on my Recovery website of  “Bet Free Recovery Now”  as to these new developments as it pertains to the tireless efforts…

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Lyon Media Services “Special Report” and a Deep Dive For ‘The Least, The Lost, and Hopeless’ by George Miller/Citizens Journal.us -Ventura County…

Lyon Media Services “Special Report” and a Deep Dive For ‘The Least, The Lost, and Hopeless’ by George Miller/Citizens Journal.us -Ventura County…

And The Homeless Saga Continues in The City of Oxnard and Ventura, County …

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ED-NOTE: I want to thank George Miller of the Citizens Journal for printing my story I shared on my recovery blog here last month titled; The Least, The Lost, and The Homeless

Just a piece of my overall opinions after speaking with my dear Lang Martinez about how many become homeless from addiction. He had shared with me some news and happenings going on in the city of Oxnard that didn’t sit well with me and voiced my concerns.

George has now done a deep dive and article hoping to get more answers on how the city is handling their homeless plight and how to better help the homeless with more services and housing. Here is his article as to what he found …

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Oxnard Housing Director Emilio Ramirez on Homeless Program


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