One of the most prevalent stereotypes amongst many, including those new to sobriety, is a rather repugnant conception regarding the physical characteristics or appearance of addicts and alcoholics. Through the course of many conversations, I've heard folks propogate the notion of the alcoholic as a beggar on the streets toting a bottle-shaped brown paper bag.
If you can't have fun in sobriety, you probably won't stay sober. In an effort to engage and offer healthy recreational options to the Middle Tennessee sober community, Discovery Place created Fellowship Night. This free event offers those in recovery, young and old, the opportunity to get together and enjoy each other's company in a safe, welcoming environment.
I remember sitting in a 12 step meeting not long ago and hearing a newcomer, filled with the dubious elation of early sobriety, exclaim he was on a ‘pink cloud.’ For those who don’t know, the term ‘pink cloud’ refers to a state of mind, usually experienced in early sobriety, characterized by unusual happiness and grandiosity in spite of rather difficult life circumstances.
It was disheartening to see the top story on CNN today (July 31st, 2013) referencing the scams orchestrated by California drug and alcohol rehabs. The actions perpetrated by these facilities tarnish the reputation of an industry that seeks to better the lives of those affected by addiction-related issues.