Addiction and Recovery Podcast Episode 44 Achieving Success in Recovery Can be Hard Work

In this podcast I discuss how achieving our dreams in recovery can be hard work.

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This weeks podcast is influenced by my post The Price I Pay to be a Writer

You can also check out my new website Middle Aged Muay Thai

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9 thoughts on “Addiction and Recovery Podcast Episode 44 Achieving Success in Recovery Can be Hard Work

  1. You sound a bit weary, Paul. Is it time for a respite? I hope your training regimen gives you a mental as well as a physical break from your work. Sometimes the general intention of perfection spills over onto everything we do and becomes a treadmill taking us faster and faster but going nowhere. How goes the meditation? Is there sufficient trust in yourself and your practice to let your intuition be your guide? All in all, taking care of oneself is an honorable task. I relate enormously to the quick passage of childhood for your son. I look back on the childhood experience of the 2 children that I reared and wish that I could have spent more intimate time with them. But then nobody much goes out of this world complaining that they really needed to spend more time at the office! Happy St Pat’s Day – a sober one at that. What a pair of deviate Irishmen we have proven to be (big smile).

    1. Thanks Doug, I still meditate every day and I’m increasing my exercise regime to build up for my Muay Thai fight in July. I have family visiting at the end of the month so I’ll take a week off. I think I do follow my intuition and even though work can be hard it still feels right.

  2. Great podcast Paul. I read the early version of your Thamkrabok book before checking in myself. I also work as a writer in Bangkok. You come across as an honest writer who is working hard at what he knows he is meant to do. Best of luck.

    1. Thanks James, I hope that you found what you were after at the temple. There are pros and cons to being so honest about my life, but I wouldn’t like to write any other way.

  3. Paul, great episode. I think you touched on a really important point – which is that for us in recovery, getting past the dependence on alcohol is just a small part of the wider challenge of being able to cope with (and rise to the challenge of) life without booze. You are definitely correct that for most of us, alcohol was just a way to delay confronting reality by numbing ourselves out. Once the booze is gone, we have to be able to deal with work, family life, hardships, finances, and so on – without alcohol. I think one of the reasons so many of us relapse frequently is because we’re not always able to cope with those things after sobriety, and thus head back to the “refuge” of the bottle. Each day of sobriety is a day of building (or rebuilding) the kind of resilience and strength we need to keep going day after day.

    Thanks again for the excellent commentary and inspiration!

    1. Hi Bob, I’ve had lots of times in my life when I felt like a failure. My old response would be to wallow in it and use it as an excuse for bad behaviour. I’m learning though that the best approach is to just concentrate on doing things that don’t make me feel better about myself. So in my case in times like this I turn to my meditation and my writing; whatever can get me out of the space I’m in. These periods of despondency are sort of like a bad dose of the flu; I just have to do all I can to get out of them and make sure I’m not making matters worse. I hope that makes sense.

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