Hi, I'm new to the forum. I'm currently working on my first 24hrs and it's SO hard! I'm trying to stay distracted, but it's stressing me out. I know tomorrow I will start to sleep long periods of time. I live alone, I have 1 friend who doesn't understand. How can I do this?
Firstly you are not alone on here! Great people great advice!I think it’s brilliant that your on this forum and realise that you need some help and want to make a change! Just focus on today and relax yourself and don’t think about how or what tomorrow you don’t want to stress yourself too much thinking far ahead..as for your friend have you explained what you are doing or what you are wanting to do?For now concentrate on yourself and what you want and need..you can do this and distracting yourself is good!I know it’s not easy and sometimes I feel like I’m rushing to do this n do that to keep occupied but just take things slowly, relax yourself, do something and take time to enjoy it.. I hope this helps you even if one small part does.. remember help is always here.. keep going remain in the here and now and any triggers that lead to thoughts just remind yourself that they will pass they are just thoughts and you can do this!! 🤗
Don't look ahead to far. Just focus on the now. You stay clean and sober today and when tomorrow comes and you wake up sober, you focus on tomorrow. AA and NA is there to help. You will ultimately find great friends there that understand everything. Stay in the present. You can do this!
Welcome Roberta. The start is difficult but remember that you have made a huge step in starting. Regarding friends who do not understand, I think it is very difficult for some people to understand, whereas people who suffer addiction get it right away and are keen to support each other. Use this online forum, reach out, let people know how you are getting on. Good luck
I'm new here as well.
Good for you! It’s day 1 for me too. We got this!!! ❤️
Welcome all. As has been stated- “You are not alone.” There is nothing you can share that hasn’t been experienced by one of us. You are in a safe environment and this is a place to start to rocketing you into the fourth dimension. Keep living one day at a time and enjoying one moment at a time. Accept hardship as the pathway to preach. Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it.
It’s true LoroeH, “We got this!!!”
Error correction- preach is not the word. If you are like me, preach can give a negative connotation. It should read, “Accept hardship as the pathway to PEACE.” This is the second part of the Serenity Prayer 🙏
Thanks for this reminder about the second half of the serenity prayer. "Enjoying each moment" sometimes puzzles me. How can you enjoy going to the doctor, suffering, exercise, hard tedious work? I think the meaning of enjoy is to not add our own character defects to make fear, anger, and other negative emotions make difficult situations worse....to avoid having our own mental afflictions make ordinary life challenges worse...to be more "curious" about how we are feeling rather than simply allowing bad feelings to overwhelm us. Today, I am going to enjoy each moment knowing all is fundamentally well and that I need to adapt to life rather than force my will.