Jamie Thompson

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Jamie Thompson

How Do You Do It?

September 6, 2017 by Jamie Thompson

There were times when I would look at my veins and think how good it will feel to shoot up. Today, because of all the self-care I do, I can play the tape forward until I feel a burn in my gut and realize that getting high is the last thing I want to do. I am worth staying clean and have a wonderful life no matter how difficult it can be at times.

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Self-Discipline

July 13, 2017 by Jamie Thompson

Lately, I have lacked self-discipline and it is starting to affect my general well-being. I recall that in early sobriety that I was determined to do the work to stay clean and recover. The misery was real and fresh in my mind. There was no way I was going to give up and go back to my old ways.

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Learning to Tolerate Distress

June 9, 2017 by Jamie Thompson

I have learned the skill of “distress tolerance” through Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT). The goal of the skill is to survive my crisis without making things worse and to no longer be a slave to my urges and intense emotions.

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Mindfulness and My Recovery

April 28, 2017 by Jamie Thompson

Meditation is a mindfulness practice that helps me to stay in the moment, to experience the feelings, and to let them go. At first, I was able to meditate for about 10 seconds before my mind began to race. I thought I would never be able to do it. It is called a mindfulness “practice” because it takes just that, lots of practice. I started out with the goal of 3 minutes and slowly increased the time.

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I Woke Up When I Died That Day

March 17, 2017 by Jamie Thompson

On this St. Patrick’s Day 2017, I share my story with you. If you feel like giving up… please don’t. If you feel like there is no way out… there is! Let others love you until you can love yourself. The feelings of hopelessness and helplessness are only temporary. I promise!

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Being My Own Valentine

February 23, 2017 by Jamie Thompson

I am learning how to sit with my feelings and thoughts and be okay when I am alone. Regulating my emotions and using mindful practices creates a space for love. I am changing; I am finding the feelings I once sought from others within my own heart.

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