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
Four years after starting University, Bryan had an overdose close call which prompted him to think about sobriety. He eventually limited substance use to a lot of alcohol, food, and work. Hundreds of blackouts and years of emotional scars to validate being a functional alcoholic, Bryan didn’t know if he could stop drinking, ever.
He began to question if his life was relegated to the time in between getting messed up or was there another solution. His answer came in May 2010 when desperate he called a longtime sober friend for help. He’s been successful in recovery since then.
Bryan’s next book Sober Is Better-A Note To Self is available in May 2019. He shares stories and thoughts about living life before and during recovery.
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