Friends In Recovery Answered
Question 1: What advice would you give someone
new in recovery as we approach Spring and Summer months?
You must be willing to put in whatever time it takes. You have
to make sure that you go to your drug rehab meetings
and trust your counselor. In the beginning it is NOT EASY, but if you work
your program it does get BETTER. Good Luck.
As we get into Spring, think NEW! You are a different person.
You will see things differently. Being new, you will need help
growing. Lean on AA
and God, neither one will let you down if
you earnestly and truthfully seek their help. Get going! A
BEAUTIFUL life awaits you!
Keep yourself busy, that is what worked for me. I would hit a
meeting or two as well as my aftercare meeting,
but when I wasn’t working I was playing golf, basketball, volleyball, etc…
As well as just enjoying the company of my family and friends,
which I took for granted when I was drinking.
~ Mike S.
I am a strong believer in making regular physical exercise a part
of my daily routine. With the return of warm weather I plan to
visit some of the local parks to walk, jog and meditate on the
beauty of nature.
Have your mind prepared if you go to hang out where there will
be temptations. Know you can’t partake and be OK with that
and hope your “friends” are too. You could get tested by them
to see if you are serious. When you past the test you have it
made. Even if you are not tested, know when you begin to feel
uncomfortable and be prepared to leave. I found myself being
uncomfortable because everyone else was in trying to hide their
booze. That made me feel like I was killing their party so I
would leave. After a while they got over that as so did I. Good
luck and be true to yourself.
Now that Spring and Summer are approaching rapidly, my advice
I would give anyone especially those new in recovery is to get
active and have fun!! Recovery happens inside and outside the
rooms of NA and AA
if you make it happen. I like to get a
bunch of friends in recovery together for sand volleyball on
Sunday nights. We have a blast! Laughter, fellowship and
exercise all at one time. The one thing I learned is that I do not
wait for fun to come to me, I go looking for it and take others in
the drug rehab program with me. Recovery is awesome, have fun and enjoy
My best advice is Roses are Red, Frogs are Green, Work the
and You will always be CLEAN!!!!
Spend time watching the sun rise in the morning at least once
in the Spring. Do it without expectations and in solitude.
Remain open. Ask your higher power to speak. Take up fishing
as it is a solitary art that can afford moments of insight. Go to
meetings. Call you sponsor. Talk with other AA.
Question 2: What is your favorite non-alcoholic beverage
(let us know ingredients/recipe) to enjoy in the summer?
My favorite beverage is sweet tea, I can drink it by the gallons!!!
Water, ingredients, H2O. Not really, my favorite is Ruby Red
2 words…JAMBA JUICE!! Lots of vitamins n stuff, good for
Fill an Igloo cooler with lemonade/ginger-ale/Squirt (or any
combination of favorites) and add orange, lime or lemon slices.
Grab a sleeve of paper cups and you’re set for the day. The
handy spigot makes it easy to use.
Tangerine Strawberry Crystal Light. 5 calories and a huge tangy
punch of a taste.
Red grapefruit juice and Sprite. Like a non-alcoholic spritzer.
½ cranberry juice, ½ seltzer water, with a wedge of lime. Very
refreshing and good for you.
My favorite beverage is tea. Year round, day, nite, it don’t matter.
Just plain ol tea bags from Wall-World.
Coffee – water – iced tea – soda pop. I choose to keep it simple
and avoid things that look like alcohol.
Water and 7up - equal measures of each part. I call it “What
A favorite of mine is sun tea – just put tea bags in a lidded jar
and set in the sun for the day. Add sugar/lemon if desired. Also
love the flavored cherry limeade water – which has no calories.
Another is grape Kool-aid with an orange squeezed into it (then
put the orange in the pitcher too).
Diet, caffeine-free Coke
My favorite drink, actually year round is Louisburg apple cider
from Kansas. I will also refresh myself with seltzer or ginger ale,
but that might be too much like a mixed drink for some.
My favorite summer beverage is brewed herbal iced tea. Take
two tea bags (Celestial Seasons makes a mean black cherry),
brew with hot water, add enough water in a pitcher to make one
quart. Chill and serve iced with lemon.
I like Glaceau Vitamin Water, there are several different flavors
and it has vitamins and nutrients that people new to their
recovery would need. It’s non-carbonated and caffeine free.
Strawberry lemonade or cherry limeade.
A bottle of mix or lemonade, ice, frozen strawberries and a
blender and you’re set. I always have fun and NEVER feel like
I’m missing anything.
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