staying clean

If staying clean is hard for your right now, you aren’t alone. Sobriety has been the biggest challenge for millions of people during the deadly pandemic of Covid 19 and the political disruption we are experiencing now. And to top it all off, a mob tried to take over the Capitol and hurt lawmakers just a few days ago. Let us be very clear.

Staying clean when things get dicey is what makes people in recovery heroes

All the events that brought us here make this not just another day. How are you feeling right now, really? Do you think mob rule is a good idea? What if it’s not your side that’s rampaging? Hostility like this is not the answer. I, for one, am mad. How about you? Are you shaken, frightened, anxious about how safe we all are? If you’re an anti-masker, are you happy with the way things are going? Will you ever care about anyone but yourself?

Sobriety right now is hard even for old timers

How many people do you know who have said, “I feel like using or drinking?” My go-to for calming down used to be alcohol. I quit drinking 12 (and a half) years ago, and I never looked back. But now feeling helpless about people dying all around me and advocating for war, I wish I could take something to make me feel better.

Here’s a big surprise staying clean is my greatest anchor

If staying clean means you have to go back to basics and take it one day at a time, that’s fine. Think of the slogans, combat your anxiety with meditation. check out 12 step meetings like Al-anon or AA. When you feel like things are out of control, remember you are not alone, and please reach out and remember how precious your sobriety is. It’s my anchor and I won’t ever let go.

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Leslie Glass

Leslie Glass became a recovery advocate and co-founder of Reach Out Recovery in 2011, encouraged by her daughter Lindsey who had struggled with substances as a teen and young adult. Learning how to manage the family disease of addiction with no roadmap to follow inspired the mother and daughter to create Reach Out Recovery's website to help others experiencing the same life-threatening problems. Together they produced the the 2016 ASAM Media Award winning documentary, The Secret World of Recovery, and the teen prevention documentary, The Silent Majority, distributed by American Public Television. In her career, Leslie has worked in advertising, publishing, and magazines as a writer of both fiction and non fiction. She is the author of 9 bestselling crime novels, featuring NYPD Dt.Sgt. April Woo. Leslie has has served as a Public Member of the Middle States Commission of Higher Education and as a Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation. For from 1990 to 2017, Leslie was the Trustee of the Leslie Glass Foundation. Leslie is a proud member of Rotary International.

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