Today we have Lane. She is from San Francisco. Her last drink was on December 30, 1996.
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Paul reminds you that you’re declining one drink at a time. When we think about quitting drinking, a scenario arises in our mind with 100’s of people, simultaneously offering us drinks, all at once. That will never happen, and just like one day at a time, you’re saying no to one drink at a time.
As Paul mentioned at the end of last year he wants to cover the Nervous System, which is what he’ll be covering today, and in future episodes. Today he covers why it’s important to have a balanced nervous system and he explains, in layman’s terms, what the nervous system is.
[11:38] Odette introduces Lane.
Lane is in her 50s, and lives in San Francisco, CA. She took her last drink on December 30, 1996. Lane is a wife and mother and a mindfulness and meditation teacher. Lane loves to hike, listen to really good music and dance.
Lane had her first drink at the age of 12 and blacked out. This pattern continued with her into her 20s. She loved the effect that alcohol had on her. She was very involved in sports during school and nobody knew she was drinking like she was.
Everything on the outside looked normal, but on the inside she depended on that drink. She didn’t think she had a problem because her friends drank like she did. To be hungover was normal, was life.
It wasn’t until she sent her best friend to the hospital with a concussion, while in a blackout, that she started to think that something was wrong with her drinking.
On New Years Eve (1996) she went to a “meeting” with some friends, unknowingly this meeting turned out to be an AA meeting. She heard the message of recovery that night and had hope.
When Lane was 5 years sober she fell into Buddhism and found a way out, through prayer and meditation and that has been the golden thread throughout the last 20 years of her recovery.
Lane says becoming a mother 12 years ago has been the most challenging thing in her recovery.
You may have to say adios to booze if…
you just drank and you get into a car and you drive.
Odette’s final thoughts:
Take care of yourself, believe in yourself and believe in possibility.
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