A collection of personal stories that focuses on the difficulties of addiction and the joys of recovery. From 1 year to 25 years, congratulations to these amazing friends and their recovery time.
“Doing meth is like a black hole. When I picked up meth, I wanted to put it down, and I couldn’t. It was crazy. I don’t know that anything was good about it. It gave me a lot of false notions about myself; a lot of quote-on-quote confidence. Then afterwards I couldn’t do certain things without meth in my life. In my recovery, I’m still learning and walking through my fears and thinking about how I can do life sober. My life is a lot better now. I have to remind myself to be grateful and think about where I was eight months ago. Eight months ago, I was in full on psychosis, thinking I had rats in my body and running out to the freeway. Today my life is very simple. I show up to work, I put my recovery first, and yeah, it’s a good life. I get to be a part of my family’s life. I get to rekindled friendships that I put in the back burner because I didn’t want them to know how bad my drug use had gotten. It’s simple a life. I’m so fortunate to be alive.” —Luis Pineda
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A SECOND CHANCE
“Being new in sobriety is the hardest thing to do, but at the same time I’m feeling like I have another opportunity to keep going with my life. I was in a very dark space, so being sober is a second chance. This is my second time getting sober, but it’s different this time because before, I stopped because I had to, not because I wanted to. My other options are hospital, death, or institution. Right now, I feel good. I’m doing 90 meetings in 90 days. I have a sponsor. I’m connecting with people. I also have a therapist that is helping me. And I’m reconnecting with my family. I have a beautiful family in Mexico. So yes, I’m staying focused on taking care of my sobriety right now.” —Javier Sanchez
In this collection of AA Grapevine stories about the joys and challenges of getting sober at an early age, AA members talk about recognizing their disease even though their drinking may have only lasted a few years.
“Coming off a binge is like a bad country song. You lose your job, you lose your money, your house. Then there is the excitement of being newly sober. I’ve done it before on my own, but then I’d start drinking again. As I surrender, things are starting to progress. I just got a new car. I’m driving for Lyft, so I’m working. I’ve been diving into the literature, surrendering, and reaching out to God and I’ve never been a spiritual person. I realize I’m powerless over situations, so the only thing I’m left with is me and God and prayer. For the first time, I’m letting go. It’s also a little stressful when I think of the tangible consequences of drinking and using. I’m still not out of the woods. There is the excitement of knowing things are getting better, but then the reminder that things are out of my control. If I do the work, I have to trust that everything is going to come together, and I am going to be okay.” —Jamin Davis
in this collection of Grapevine stories, AA members share what helped them in early recovery – a jorney sometimes full of bumps and ddetours, but also new ideas and surprising insights.
“It’s a miracle. It’s amazing for someone who had no plan on long term sobriety. My life was getting better, so I stuck around. It’s been a great solution for me, being sober and working a program. I’m grateful for my life. Twelve and a half years ago, I was this homeless guy with no hopes or dreams. All I wanted to do was die. This past year has been super challenging. I went home to help my parent in the pandemic for eight months. It was an amends for all the hell I put them through. I was able to take care of my mother. There was a moment when we thought my mother was going to pass. The priest came. We were all crying. She said if this it, she was happy knowing that all of her sons were taken care of and in a good place. She no longer had to worry about me. That was the biggest reward of sobriety. I’ve been able to accomplish so much and help other people in our community. I got my Master’s Degree. I just got a promotion, so now I’m a manager at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Now I’m working towards getting my Doctoral Degree in policy, so I can help more people. It’s been a wild ride; one I wouldn’t change for anything in the world.” —Robert Gamboa
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Sober & Out is a collection of stories by AA members who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (and a few friends) from the pages of AA Grapevine.
“When I look back 25 years ago, my alcoholic brain tells me it was a very glamorous thing. There was champagne and cocaine and hot boys and fast music, but those were short moments of time. Towards the end, it was pretty awful. I was vomiting and pissing my pants. I had a cloudy head and insufferable hangovers. It was such misery. I vowed, I’d never do this again, and then I would. I finally reached the point where I said that simple three-word prayer, ‘God help me.’ I had been to 12-step meetings before, but this time I was desperate. I’ve had three great sponsors these 25 years. I did what they did. I went to meetings, I took commitments, and I worked the 12 Steps. I said yes, even when I wanted to say no. And doing those things I laid the foundation for what I think is a legacy of work that would have not been possible without me getting sober… I’ve been given the gift of sobriety and it has made all the difference.” —John Duran
An extremely informative book which does not offer a plan for getting sober but does offer us sound advice about how to stay sober. Basic, essential information from Alcoholics Anonymous.
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