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Synergistic Intervention Specialists and Training, LLC An addict or alcoholic may not be willing to accept that they need help. Sometimes it may be necessa

07/10/2023

I can only imagine what my family and friends saw and felt every time I would attempt to get sober and fail miserably time after time. The best way to describe what it was like for me and everyone around me was like watching me get in the ring to fight Mike Tyson. That’s right, my alcoholism and drug addiction was like fighting Mike Tyson. My family and friends were ringside every time I crawled back into the ring to fight him knowing he was going to kick the s**t out of me, nonetheless they would watch hoping for that one miracle punch that never came. That’s how delusional I was about being able to beat this thing on my own. I would come up with new ways how I would sneak a punch or two in against one of the most dangerous men in the world inside a boxing ring. Always knowing he was going to knock me out every time I got in there. That’s what is was like every day of my life until I got sober. Today I will remember to trust in God and make sure I’m nowhere near that boxing ring. I don’t need any further ass whoppings from Mike Tyson to convince me. I know what I am today. have a blessed day my friends

It was a nightmare. A waking nightmare. A waking nightmare from which I could not be roused. That was my life before. I ...
05/25/2023

It was a nightmare. A waking nightmare. A waking nightmare from which I could not be roused. That was my life before. I have difficulty remembering (with sufficient force) how awful it was. Remembering the relentlessness of my alcoholism for the last five years of my disease is heartbreaking.

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04/26/2023

I’m not quite sure how old I was when I started trying to use external things to fix, or even better yet, quiet the things that were going on inside me. It started out innocent enough, I thought. A few drinks to relax me to fit in. A few hits to chill. And so started the progression of my alcoholism and drug addiction. I was so quick to run from uncomfortable feelings and emotions. I didn’t just use drugs and alcohol to fill that void, more stuff, and it didn’t matter what it was. At a point in my life when I should’ve been the happiest, I was at my lowest.  I had everything a man could want. A beautiful and amazing wife, five incredible and healthy children, a family and friends that loved me unconditionally, a career that most men would love to have, and yet I woke up most mornings dreading the fact I was still alive. I never learned to sit with my emotions. I spent a lifetime running from myself and never escaped. It wasn’t until I got sober and had no place to run that I had to face that man in the mirror. I had to learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Today I can still have that knee jerk reaction to run from those uncomfortable things in life, but then I remember I’m not alone and never have been. It’s in those moments when I lean more into God and less into self. Have a blessed day my fiends.

04/21/2023

Anything worth doing is worth doing well. Well, I’m here to tell you I did my alcoholism and addiction well, so I thought. I was always trying new ways to hide, manipulate, control and ultimately fool myself into thinking I had this thing under control. I spent so many waisted hours thinking of new ways to fail miserably.

On this flip side of that very coin is my sobriety and recovery. What if I put a fraction of the effort into my sobriety that I put into my addiction and alcoholism? That’s a scary thought. What I’ve come to find out is that the more I put into my relationship with God and my recovery, the better my life seems to be. Today I will put my relationship with God and my Sobriety first and everything else will work out the way it’s supposed to. Have a blessed day.

04/20/2023

One of the greatest gifts I have received in my sobriety is the chance to give back to other men the way my mentor gave his time and guidance to me. When I first got sober I had no clue what to do or even if this sobriety thing would work for me. Thank God, literally for great mentorship. I have the ability to sit with another man and walk him through the process my mentor walked with me. Anytime I had a question my mentor was there to answer it, but more importantly, if he didn’t have the answer he said let’s take it to the guys. You see, we don’t do this sobriety thing alone. I am reminded this sobriety thing works every time I sit with a man and watch his life change from the inside out. I get to see him build and cultivate a relationship with God that is personal to him. Today I will remember that this sobriety thing works as long as I continue to Trust God, Clean House and be of Service.

04/19/2023

While I was suffering in my active alcoholism and addiction I was always expecting things to go wrong. I knew I wasn’t living my life the way I was raised to. You could say I was always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Even in early sobriety I was still looking over my shoulder and waiting for things to go wrong. But what if we expected things to go right? Little by slowly I was able to not only see the good in the world and the people in it, but also in myself. Like I was told early in my sobriety, you can’t think your way into right actions, but you can act your way into right thinking. To me that means I need to take the right actions no matter what I think the outcome may be. I need to remember I am in the Actions business and God takes care of the results. Have a blessed day my friends.

I Drank To Be Normal - It seems counterintuitive, but I had to thoroughly destroy my former self to be set free. However...
04/19/2023

I Drank To Be Normal - It seems counterintuitive, but I had to thoroughly destroy my former self to be set free. However, looking at my ruined life gave me the willingness to try something different that would have otherwise been impossible. If I had any more good ideas, I would have tried them. But I didn’t.

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04/17/2023

Courage. The ability to control your fear in a dangerous or difficult situation. You see before I got sober I was full of constant fear. Fear of the the world and everyone and everything in it. Fear of running out of alcohol. Fear of detoxing and having to sober up. Fear of being sober for brief periods of time, always knowing deep down inside I was going to drink and burn my life to the ground again. It wasn’t until I hit my bottom of bottoms and sincerely cried out to God, my Higher Power for help I was able to have the slightest bit of Hope that I could get sober. With a little Hope and a ton of Courage I have been able to handle anything and everything this would has thrown my way in sobriety. Don’t ever let anybody tell you it doesn’t take Courage to get sober, because it does. Have a blessed day my friends.

04/13/2023

Prior to getting sober I was the conductor of chaos that was my life! I was always trying to navigate the minefield of alcoholism and addiction blindfolded. There were plenty of people, including God, in my life that warned me and tried to guide me off that battlefield, but I wasn’t ready to surrender. You see, I thought surrender was a bad thing. I thought it was a sign of weakness. I was so wrong. When I finally surrendered to alcoholism that lead me directly to my ultimate surrender to God and his will for me. I now know that God was always there for me, every minute and every breath. Today I will remember to stay surrendered to God and his will for me. I’ll do my best to stay off that battlefield of active alcoholism and addiction.

04/12/2023

I took a drink, the drink took a drink, and then the drink took me!! This about sums up my drinking. Drinking wasn’t always a tragic event. There were those times when it didn’t turn into a s**t show, but not at the end. That might be one of the reasons I continued to crawl back into the ring with King Alcohol. Unfortunately I had passed on from drinking for fun and trying to recapture those few moments of so called fun from the past into drinking because I had to! I would wake up every morning and promise I wasn’t going to drink that day and like clockwork, drunk again. I remember crying out to God for help or to end it all. I don’t ever want to forget those dark and seemingly hopeless times. That seemed to be my life, doomed to die drunk. Thank God, literally for proving me wrong. Today I do my best to not dwell on the past, but also never forget. I was told if I don’t remember my last drunk, I’m bound to repeat it. No Thank You!! Thanks to God, the rooms of recovery and people like you in my life, I have a chance.

04/11/2023

I spent so many years lost in my alcoholism and addiction. It was always the world and everybody else’s fault. I was unable to see my part in anything while drowning myself in alcohol. When I finally got sober and took my 1st fearless and thorough moral inventory I saw exactly who and what I was. I was able to see my part in every single situation in my life, good or bad. I saw how I used drugs and alcohol to either allow me to be ok with my actions or accept wrongs done to me, fancied or real. Fear was my chief motivator back then. Today I can still let Fear creep back into my life, but in those moments I have a process I plug into that works as good at 3426 days sober as it did at 1 day sober. Trust God, Clean house, and be of service. Today I will do my best to lean into God and my fellows and not my Fears.

Here's a thought; if alcohol did for everybody what it did for me, everyone who tried it would become an alcoholic! What...
03/21/2023

Here's a thought; if alcohol did for everybody what it did for me, everyone who tried it would become an alcoholic! What I mistakenly believed alcohol gave me was what I had always been searching for… wellness, quiet, and satisfaction. I think we are all searching for these things. Drinking seemed to give me that.

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02/28/2023

While I was lost in the depths of my alcoholism and drug addiction I was always expecting things to go wrong and waiting for the other shoe to drop. I had one eye looking over my shoulder and one eye on my booze and drugs. I must have looked like a spun out crazy eyed lizard!! In those times I had no hope. Everything was yours and their problems, not mine. Today it’s not like that at all. I heard a gentleman speak at a meeting the other day and he said something that really made me think. He said he expects good things to happen today. I can relate to that statement. I spent so many years lost in my alcoholism that bad is I all I expected and received. Not today. I do my best to take the right actions on a daily basis. I take the action and God takes care of the results. This doesn’t mean I get everything I want, but I’ve received everything I’ve needed. God can moves mountains, but I was told to bring a shovel!!

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02/28/2023

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02/24/2023

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02/23/2023

While I was getting sober and working on my recovery I was told to be fearless and thorough. I wish I could tell you that was the case… it wasn’t!! I was full of doubts, fears and anxiety. For me I did the best I could at the time. Looking back after I had a relapse after being sober for over a year I was able to see where I held back and failed to enlarge my spiritual life and grow my relationship with God. I thought being 95% honest was good enough…. For me it wasn’t. I was one of the blessed ones who made it back after that relapse and was given grace one more time. This time I didn’t hold back. I got all that stuff out and on paper and shared it with a closed mouth friend and God. Today I do my best to keep that channel between me and the sunlight of the spirit free and clear of the debris of the wreckage of the past and present. Today I am one of the blessed ones thanks to God,the amazing people I’ve met in recovery and in my personal life.

02/22/2023

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Everything looks like a nail if all you've got is a hammer. Drinking was my go-to for anything life threw at me. It beca...
02/22/2023

Everything looks like a nail if all you've got is a hammer. Drinking was my go-to for anything life threw at me. It became my only tool. When something good happened, I drank. When something painful happened, I drank. When I was afraid, I drank. When I was celebrating, you get it

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02/06/2023

I heard it said that when you pray for something that God answers your prayer at that very moment. It’s just not answered on your time. It will be delivered on God’s schedule, not yours!! Pretty sure God doesn’t work on Amazon Primes schedule!! Have a blessed day.

02/03/2023

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02/03/2023

Travel day before Intervention Day!!! Prayers needed!!!

After I went to treatment and got sober I used to wish I had gotten sober earlier. I would think about all those horribl...
01/31/2023

After I went to treatment and got sober I used to wish I had gotten sober earlier. I would think about all those horrible things and situations I had put my family and loved ones through.

But what if?? What if I don’t lie that last lie? What if I don’t end up in that hospital that one last time? What if I didn’t cross that last line?

Every one of those last “One more times” brought me to my bottom of bottoms and to my ultimate surrender. In those last moments right before I went to treatment I prayed the Foxhole prayer… God Please Help Me!!!

I believe that ultimate surrender created just enough room in my heart for God to enter and take over!! Today I no longer wish I had gotten sober earlier, I work on what it’s going to stay sober today!!

01/27/2023

We talk about planting seeds of hope inside the rooms of recovery. We plant these seeds knowing we may never see that hope grow into a new way of life. When I share my own testimony on what happened and how I have recovered that seed is planted with a newcomer. What about outside the rooms of recovery? Am I still planting those seeds? Yes, yes I am. I do my best to be that example of recovery outside the rooms. Wether it’s a casual conversation or a heart to heart with someone, I’m planting those seeds. Today with Gods help I will continue planting those seeds of hope not knowing wether they sprout or not!!!

More, more and more. I was always trying to get more of whatever. It wasn’t always a bad thing until I I was engulfed by...
01/24/2023

More, more and more. I was always trying to get more of whatever. It wasn’t always a bad thing until I I was engulfed by alcoholism. Just a few more minutes outside playing when I was younger. Trying to sneak one more kiss before I had to drop her off. Trying soak up a few last minutes on Sunday before going back to work on Monday. Then came King Alcohol. Once he had me under his control it was over. He demanded my uninterrupted attention. Just one more drink to calm my nerves before my kid’s birthday party. Just one more small pint and a tall boy before I get home to unwind before I get home. Just one more shot in the garage before Christmas morning with the family. Just a few more pulls from the bottle before bed. Then came the day when one more was an all day event. Today thanks to the grace of God and an amazing fellowship of recovery around me my life looks nothing like that. My last thought before I went to bed last night was thanking God for another day sober and the blessings in my life, and not if there was any booze left in the bottle for the morning. My first thought today wasn’t where did I hide that bottle in the garage, but rather thanking God for another morning and a chance at this beautiful thing called life. Today I am chasing more. One more sunrise and one more sober day by the grace of God.

01/20/2023

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” Oscar Wilde. I read this quote in one of my readings this morning and it got me to thinking. What kind of man am I today? Am I the type of man that others want to be around or the type people are trying to avoid? This applies in my recovery life as well. Am I doing my best to be a trusted member who is active in his own recovery or am I being a Bleeding deacon ? Today, God willing I will remember to do my best to be the same guy whether I’m in the grocery store or in a meeting of recovery.

While I was in rehab I was given an assignment to write about my “Triggers”. I was to write about the things that I thou...
01/18/2023

While I was in rehab I was given an assignment to write about my “Triggers”. I was to write about the things that I thought about that made me drink or the stuff that happened around me that made me use. After sitting at my desk in my room and staring at a blank page for about an hour I wrote one word “Breathing”. When I presented my paper to the group my counselor asked me what that meant by that. I explained as simply as I could. I drank when I was happy, I drank when I was sad, I just drank. Drinking had become so interwoven into every fiber of my being. I could give a million so called reasons I drank. The truth is at the end before I got sober I was drinking to escape, but unfortunately I couldn’t drink me away. Today good things happen, bad things happen, I don’t drink. I get happy, I get sad, I don’t drink. Grandkids are born and loved ones pass away, I don’t drink. God has given this once lost and hopeless soul another chance at this beautiful thing called life. I don’t intend on waisting it.

01/17/2023

Before I got sober I was always trying to control everything and everyone around me, even though my drinking was completely out of control. If I could only prove, to myself and you that my life was manageable then how could I be an alcoholic? Unfortunately I was the last to find out what everyone else in my life already knew. Once I hit that bottom of bottoms I was able to see what my drinking had done to me and the depths I had sunken to. Today I can still revert to those old fear based behaviors when something isn’t going the way I think it should in my life. It’s in those moments when another surrender is needed and putting those things back in the hands of the one who’s qualified to handle it, God.

01/16/2023

“Stop rehearsing your worries” Wow!!! That is a powerful statement. I can easily slip into catastrophic failure mode when I dwell on a negative situation no matter how big or small I perceive it. That thing that hasn’t happened will be there or it won’t. I don’t need to give it power and diminish the beautiful things in my life that are. Until “It” happens I’m going to leave ”It” where it belongs.

We've recently been working with a family who has been loving their son to death. They have been helping him when he get...
01/13/2023

We've recently been working with a family who has been loving their son to death. They have been helping him when he gets in a bind due to his drinking and drug use, helping him carry his water now and again... Families do this all the time. They do it out of love, fear, hopelessness, guilt, remorse, and shame. But mostly fear.

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01/12/2023

A West Virginia State trooper pulled a car over on Rt19 about 2 miles south of Summersville, West Virginia. When the trooper asked the driver why he was speeding, the driver said he was a Magician and Juggler and was on his way to Charlotte to do a show for the Children’s Hospital. He didn't want to be late.

The trooper told the driver he was fascinated by juggling and said if the driver would do a little juggling for him then he wouldn't give him a ticket. He told the trooper he had sent his equipment ahead and didn't have anything to juggle.

The trooper said he had some flares in the trunk and asked if he could juggle them. The juggler said he could, so the trooper got 5 flares, lit them and handed them to him.

While the man was juggling, a car pulled in behind the State Troopers car. A drunken good old boy from Kentucky got out, watched the performance, then went over to the Trooper's car, opened the rear door and got in. The trooper observed him and went over to his car, opened the door asking the drunk what he thought he was doing.

The drunk replied, “You might as well take me to jail, cause there ain't no way I can pass that test.” 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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