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Befriending Anger

February 24, 2018 by Jamie Thompson

Welwood notes this process is not instant, but takes time and we are gradually able to hold our seat longer and longer.  That bit of advice can go a long way with me when I start to get mad at myself for getting angry. That awareness helps me to come back to my seat and the more I practice, the more I can befriend anger. 

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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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