Hello and Welcome Recovery Friends,
So, it has been a long while since my last personal recovery share, I wanted to take some time to let you all know what has gone on with me and my recovery journey. First, I have had some book trailers made for my current book and recovery memoir; Addicted To Dimes, Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat that I would love some feedback from all my recovery blog friends. I also now offer them here for authors, poets and musicians that have products out. A good friend of mine can get them done and back to you in one day! They are a great tool to use when promoting your books, music, and poetry books.
Now, some of you know I have been for a while a contributing recovery writer for a wonderful treatment directory website, Addicted Minds & Assoc. Fresh Perspectives Blog and they have asked me to help with Social Media as well. So, more recovery blessings & perks! I always share that when we get the hard work in our recovery completed so we get to a place where we begin our journey of long-term recovery, of course, we still have a lifetime of recovery work to maintain a healthy and well-balanced. When we attain long-term recovery? We can then be of recovery service to others and advocacy as well. That is where I am in my own recovery. I have been blessed with many wonderful open doors to share my message of hope with others . . .
Another Book Trailer Sample Authors …
My next project I have been invited and involved with is very exciting! And a huge accomplishment for myself with my craft as a recovery writer. I am now a recovery columnist for a Premier Recovery Magazine and will be interviewing recovery authors, film maker’s and recovery app developers for “The Authors Cafe.”
My first column will be in IRM June 2016 issue and so will my book and author interview as well. This has been a dream of mine to be established as a columnist for a recovery publication to have a venue and platform to advocate about gambling addiction. Visit my new page here on my blog for some exciting news and offers, IRM The Book Stand Authors! …
That is what I have been up to this past few months. And yes, I am still running my book promotions for all authors who need help promoting their fabulous books. Lyon Book & Social Media Promotions and if you’d like a Book Trailer? They are only $50 and you can Email my buddy Kevin Coughlin: firstname.lastname@example.org or Me: LyonMedia@aol.com . . .
I thought I would share a little of my past of those who are new to my blog, kind of like a “Flash Back Look” of where I came from within my addiction, to where and how far I come in my recovery journey these last 9 years. Yes, I celebrated my ninth year in recovery from gambling addiction and alcohol abuse this past Jan 29th, 2016. BUT? I still remember how bad it was when I entered recovery. Yes, it was hard, and yes, I had a few relapses and had to do treatment twice from this insidious and cunning disease. But I finally made it . . . Thanks friends for stopping by 🙂 XO
*Catherine Lyon, Author*
LOOKING BACK: “Addicted To Dimes” My Story from Heroes In Recovery . . . .
My recovery journey started in 2006. I woke up in a hospital as the result of another failed suicide attempt and then went back to an addiction and mental health crisis center for a 14-day stay. The problem wasn’t that I gambled again and relapsed; the problem was not taking my psych medications for a few weeks. I thought I didn’t need them; that I could be normal like everyone else around me, but as you read my story, you’ll see that didn’t work out too well.
I had a few severe financial crises happen, and since I had not taken my medication and had worked through all of my savings, I panicked and chose to steal from someone. What a mess! Of course, they pressed charges. I was arrested, went through the courts and was sentenced to many hours of community service, two years of probation and paid restitution that I’m still paying today. My point?
You have to do the work in all areas of your recovery, including your finances. I chose to not do all the work necessary for a well-rounded recovery. Even though I was not gambling, my financial and legal troubles told me I still needed to work with a gambling addiction specialist. After my troubles occurred, I worked with a specialist for a year while I went through the legal mess I created. Why am I sharing this? Our recovery stories and words are powerful tools to help others.
After this second suicide attempt and crisis, I learned I did not have a well-balanced recovery and had a lot more work to do, and I also learned that God, my higher power, has bigger plans for me, a purpose for me that involves helping those reaching out for recovery from the cunning illness of compulsive gambling addiction. After I was released from the crisis center in 2006 and started working with a gambling specialist and got my mental health under control, I began to see the stigma surrounding those of us who live in recovery. Those of us who suffer from a mental illness have a huge hurdle in our path.
I am a dual-diagnosed person who lives in recovery and has mental health challenges. It can make obtaining recovery a wee bit more work, as I discovered. The nasty habits, behaviors and diseased thinking needed more correcting. Working with the gambling specialist was eye opening. He helped me break down the cycle of the addiction, and we also worked with tools and skills for dealing with financial problems that may arise while in recovery. I was given a fantastic relapse prevention workbook as well. Although I didn’t relapse into gambling, this workbook has helped me develop a plan for any financial or life event that may arise during my recovery journey. You need a plan before life events come.
Another tool that helped was journaling every day. I have always done this, but my specialist showed me how to relieve stress and learn more from my journaling. Those journals were used for help in writing my current published book. Writing my story and experiences in memoir form was a very healing process for me. I shared my gambling addiction and alcohol abuse, my past childhood abuse and sexual trauma and what it is like living with mental illness. I never dreamed I would be a published author, recovery advocate, writer, and blogger, and now a columnist, but these are just a few of the recovery blessings I have received in my journey thus far.
By writing my book and sharing it with the world, I hope to shatter stigma around gambling addiction, recovery and mental and emotional health. I want to be a voice for those who are childhood sex abuse survivors. Through my book and my recovery blog, I have chosen to not be anonymous. I want others to know how devastating compulsive gambling addiction is and how easily one can become addicted. It truly is a real disease and illness. I want others to be informed and educated, and I raise awareness of the effects it has in our communities and in families’ lives. The expansion of casinos and state lotteries is making gambling more and more accessible today and is now touching our youth.
Currently 1% of our population are problem gamblers. Through my own recovery and by writing my book, I have learned a lot. The best advice I can give? When starting recovery learn about this addiction. Work with a specialist or recovery coach to learn the cycle and then learn the tools and skills to interrupt it. Work a well-balanced recovery that encompasses mind, body, spirit and finances. There are many ways to recover including in or outpatient treatment and 12-step meetings. Anything and everything you can find? Do it. Only one option may not be enough for success in long-term recovery. I learned this the hard way.
Now that I have reached nine years in recovery from gambling addiction and alcohol abuse, I know it is my job, my duty, to be of recovery service to others. Life today is good! My husband and I learned that we can weather any storm together. I’m proud that my book has done so well and has opened doors for me to share what I have learned. I share as much as I can with others. I do this in many ways. My second book is almost finished, and I hope to release it late 2016.
It will be more of “how-to” for reaching that elusive first year of recovery. With a high percentage of people relapsing after rehab or treatment, I wanted, and my readers asked me, to share how to attain the first year of recovery. I also share my recovery journal in blog form. All I can urge others to do is never give up. You are worth a better life in recovery. Sharing our experiences and our recovery story with others is just as important as the professional or clinical side of how to recover. Sharing one’s story is a powerful tool for others to listen to and learn from. My last tip is to do something for your recovery each day. It will help keep you in recovery, and you won’t ever become complacent in your recovery journey.