I didn’t know how to feel, so I mastered not feeling anything. It’s survival, an empty existence that I’ve somehow survived. It’s a blessing to have found recovery, I’m a better person because of it.
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Sober is Better
Close your eyes, now imagine this as a blackout caused by excessive alcohol, you are 14 years old having your first blackout. It was the first significant event on Bryan’s substance use journey. Fast forward a few years, he’d enlisted in the National Guard, began University and found drugs, gambling, and bartending.
A close-call with a drug overdose in University prompted him at least to consider about sobriety for the first time. He eventually narrowed down medicating to alcohol, food, and work. Hundreds of blackouts and years of emotional scars as a result of being a functional alcoholic, Bryan questioned, daily, if he could stop drinking.
Bryan began to question life, was he relegated to getting messed up on repeat or was another way. His answer came in May 2010, desperate enough, he called a longtime sober friend for help. Bryan reached a point in life; he was willing to try anything to drop drinking. He’s been successful in recovery since then.
Bryan’s book Sober Is Better-My Note to Self is available on Amazon(hyperlink) or direct. He shares stories and thoughts about living life before and during recovery. His next two books are in the works, both scheduled for release in 2021.
Note to Self
The lessons in 'Note to Self' are what I use every day to live. I live imperfectly with an open mind, and heart working on my path to peacefulness. I've found more serenity than I thought existed. Being active in the recovery community, talking to addicts and alcoholics remind me, if I don’t use, rough days that happen are just moments, they too shall pass. In my collection of lessons, I discuss the importance of being present and intentional with my actions and thoughts. This is an example of a lesson I learned in recovery.
I live in gratitude and inspiration (most days), appreciating my friends who graciously shared their lessons with me, to include in the book. I've went back many times and re-read their lessons, it's exactly what I needed to hear that day, funny how that works. Read the book, it's an easy read, please share it with anyone who needs help. We're in this life together, help someone who’s hurting and needs it whether you buy the book or not. Thank you, much love.
Dancing with Big Data
Mental Health First Aid Training
Research show that individuals training in the program:
Grow their knowledge of signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental illnesses and addictions.
Can identify multiple types of professional and self-help resources for individuals with a mental illness or addiction.
Increase their confidence in and likelihood to help an individual in distress.
Show increased mental wellness themselves.
Studies also show that the program reduces the social distance created by negative attitudes and perceptions of individuals with mental illnesses.
Mental Health First Aid USA is listed in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. Only certified Instructors can teach the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course.
Audiences in the community who might be interested in the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid include:• Educators and school administrators / HR professionals
• Members of faith communities / Homeless shelter workers
• Health and human services workers / Nurses/physician assistants/primary care workers
• Police, first responders and security personnel / Mental health authorities
• Policymakers / Substance use treatment professionals
• Social workers / Persons with mental illness/addictions and their families
• Caring citizens / Families of persons with mental illness/addictions
• Military, military veterans and their families