Life is Better Sober

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I recently made the choice to take a staycation. Typically, I don’t stop. I am on the move constantly. I haven’t taken a break from life to just “be” in what seems like an eternity. Over the past several months, I found myself wanting to be still. I am not sure exactly how it happened. Maybe I am tired. Maybe I am longing for something new. Or maybe, just maybe, I’m seeking to be close to what feels familiar. Whatever it is, I haven’t really been questioning it.

The idea of not booking a flight or hotel and leaving for a bit had become foreign to me. At first, I was thinking, “what in the world am I going to do with myself? How am I going to stay in close proximity to where I live?” But as my time off approached, I felt relief knowing that I was going to be spending time with people I love. I wasn’t going to have my days mapped out with some crazy busy schedule.

My goal for this trip was to flow with whatever came my way. I threw my bag, bike, and beach chairs in the back of my car, and off I went. The first stop was Madison Square Garden to see Pink, who, by the way, was incredible as always. I then headed to a friend’s house for a few days, where I was able to do some of the things I enjoy the most. I worked out, prepared and cooked healthy meals, read a book, went to a meeting, and relaxed in the sun. I then visited with a friend for a few days. We walked everywhere. We ate dinner at an amazing restaurant, got our nails done, watched a movie, had an incredible brunch, and went to a Broadway show. I ended my trip waking up each morning to the sound of the water and the birds chirping. I fished, completed a workout on Memorial Day that challenged me both physically and mentally, went paddle boarding, cooked out for the holiday, and sat with my toes in the sand.

What I learned is that I don’t need to travel to some far-off destination to feel fulfilled. What I long for is quality time with the ones I love, more of the simple life, and to be where it feels like home. My time off was refreshing because I was able to take each moment as it comes, without expectations. It was definitely something that I needed to do to recharge my soul. I enjoyed every minute that I had available to me. I didn’t waste any of it. It was filled with great conversation, lots of laughter, pure relaxation, and most of all, love.

In an effort to help more individuals struggling with addiction, Mountainside is expanding to Suffolk County, a community that has been greatly impacted by the opioid epidemic. The new outpatient treatement is located in Huntington, NY and will offer Outpatient Services, Recovery Coaching, Adolescent Services, and Medication-Assisted Treatment.

It will also offer the following services:

  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Family and Couples Counseling
  • Psychiatric Services
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Health and Wellness Education
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Share Night Speakers
Many thanks to the alumni who volunteered to speak in May!
Erik V.West Haven, CT3925 Days
Michael R.East Longmeadow, MA2185 Days
Matthew C.Litchfield, CT2183 Days
Henry L.Worcester, MA1482 Days
Louis H.Bristol, CT1479 Days
Brian D.West Palm, FL842 Days
Frederic B.Trumbull, CT376 Days
Please email Jessica Dolan if you are an alum with six months of sobriety and are interested in sharing your story at Alumni Share Night.
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