Oasis Movement Blog

We hope this blog will give us the opportunity to discuss and find solutions to issues we all face in recovery, and, through our stories, help others to support their sobriety or inspire those who have not yet made the decision to get clean and sober.

I, myself, came back into recovery a broken person – physically, emotionally and spiritually.  By writing about my experiences and sharing them with others, I have improved my life tremendously, and it is our hope that by actively engaging those in the recovery community, others will benefit from those who have been there.

We invite you use the “comment” section below to express any thoughts and feelings you have about recovery we can create an open dialogue.

 

12Jul 2017

Lead by an experienced Addictions Counsellor, the groups include such discussion topics as: Understanding Relapse (how it happens and how to avoid it) Personality of an Addicted (tolerance, anxiety, grandiosity) Relapse Warning Signs (attitude & behavior changes, H.A.L.T.) Setting Goals for Relapse Prevention The sessions are held every Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in our […]

12May 2017

I personally hate dealing with conflict! It makes me feel extremely uncomfortable and like my skin is crawling. I would rather just ignore it or change everything. I had a very bad outlook on life and thought that people were generally useless stupid and selfish creatures who only cared for themselves. Although I am not […]

12May 2017

Commitments, who needs them? Well as it turns out, to have a successful life everyone does. In my life before recovery I had no problem making commitments to other people and following through with them. I needed people to like me and feel like I was useful and I could only do that through the […]

30Aug 2016
thoughts on gratitude after addiction recovery

Every once in a while, I forget to be grateful for what I have gained this past year in recovery and the people who have given me continued support.  I admit it is still easy for me to focus on the negative instead of the positive. One day this past week, I sat down and […]

13Jul 2016
The Disease of Job Ownership

In the workplace, everyone has responsibilities, big or small, in their particular positions.  But over time, some of us can easily create a type of “ownership” of our jobs.  As a result, we don’t want others to know how to do our job – we may give them some information, but never all. This possessiveness […]

04Jul 2016
Finding Happiness

Coming into recovery gives all of us a chance to turn our lives around. It certainly did for me. For a long time, alcohol was the only thing that made me happy or gave me any sense of comfort. Of course, it was only a temporary, fleeting happiness. Once I got sober, I had to […]

27Jun 2016
work hard and stay humble after recovering from addiction

It is very easy for those of us in recovery to forget where we came from – we can sometimes have a very short memory.  We suddenly forget how we started our lives in recovery – and those people who helped us along the way. Some of us can even let our ego make us […]

22Jun 2016
recovery takes time

Thinking back, I realize how easy it was to be on what we in recovery call “the pink cloud”.  This had something of a positive affect – it drove my excitement and confidence in returning to a sober life. I also knew that the enthusiasm I had could be a double-edged sword, because it could […]

10Jun 2016
now vs then after addiction recovery

My journey in recovery began a year ago.  The feelings I had then were ones of despair and depression.  Thankfully, I became convinced that returning to treatment was the only answer.  During this first year, I have had a healthy fear of relapse coupled with a very strong desire to maintain my sobriety.  I have […]

09Jun 2016
Man standing alone on the end of a jetty, looking over a foggy lake.

A lot of people in recovery have an unhealthy habit of isolating – I know I did.  We do this for many reasons.  We may feel shame or guilt for our behaviours when we were drinking or using, we may fear being around people, places and things that could trigger our addiction, or we may […]

17May 2016
dream of being addiction free

‘The founders realized that meaningful work was a key element in rebuilding individual pride, the human spirit and the will to succeed – to find a better life’. This is actually about two dreams – the hopes and dreams of people everywhere and the dream that started OASIS, for they are interlocked. Let’s start with […]

02May 2016

Relapse is more than just using alcohol or drugs. It is the progressive process of becoming so dysfunctional in recovery that self-medication with alcohol or drugs seems like a reasonable choice. The relapse process is a lot like going a little insane. The first thoughts that were not ok yesterday are ok today.  I tell […]

26Apr 2016

I was thinking this past weekend about those people who are newcomers in recovery – I know how they feel because I was there… …I know the pain of addiction and what it takes away from us …I know the loss of self-esteem when we are actively drinking and how much we can be hurt […]

21Apr 2016

In looking back over the past year, I have come to realize that while there are temptations and triggers out there, I really don’t want to go back to my life before sobriety. The emotional roller-coaster I live on back then was unhealthy – one day I was happy, the next I wanted to die […]

12Apr 2016

One of the biggest challenges I’ve found in recovery is digging deep and finding the courage to change. It is sometimes difficult to accept that I do have the right to ask for something that I am honestly entitled to, that I have the right to say “no” without a long explanation, that conflicts or […]

30Mar 2016

We often make ourselves miserable in our search for happiness.  We may feel that we are missing out on something or that the next “big” thing is right around the corner. We tend to have a sense of urgency because we think we are running out of time and that we should be doing something […]

23Mar 2016

It’s human nature to compare ourselves to others.  Many people go so far as to look for proof that we are insignificant “nobodies”, that we don’t deserve to be happy. Those of us in recovery often have low self-esteem, causing us to judge ourselves based on what we think are the standards of others.  We […]

14Mar 2016

One of the biggest issues I have had to overcome in recovery is fear.  I know that fear – particularly fear of change and an unknown future, would keep me trapped in my active alcoholism.  Being “under the influence” was a familiar and comfortable place.  A lot of my fears were based on what I […]

08Mar 2016

How the Opinions of Others Can Influence our Decisions Almost everything we do in life involves making decisions.  Often they are small decisions that are simple to make, others may have a much greater impact on our lifestyle, behavior and attitudes. One of the worst things we can do is to make decisions based on […]

03Mar 2016

Trying to please other people has been a weakness I have grappled with my whole life.  I always felt that if I wanted to keep peace with others and be accepted, I had to go along with others’ wants whether or not I agreed with them. I have learned (the hard way) that by always […]