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The question: Do I know how to align self?

There is no magic elixir on any website to cure one’s thinking.

(aka: alcoholism, codependency, addiction)

I must see life for how it is, not how I pretend it to be.

I can’t wish my way out of universal laws, I can only align with them.

From this moment forward, I am responsible.

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Sober Identity was born from the idea to not be an anonymous recovered alcoholic.

I don’t want to be anonymous. I don’t want to hide where I’ve been, what it took to recover, and who I am now. While I comprehend and respect this tradition, I have chosen another path.

Not all alcoholics are anonymous alcoholics.

There is more than one way to recover. If you don’t prefer the popular ways, find another way. Don’t find an excuse.

This site is about recovery through self-inquiry, awareness, and awakening.

This work isn’t the drive through variety of dinner. It’s the meal you plan a month in advance because you want everything to be nice for the occasion. This work takes desire, prepping, adjustment to plans, and follow through.

There are no quick fixes to addiction. It’s a slow process. We don’t plant a seed and then water it with a fire hose to get it to grow faster. We don’t decide to get sober tomorrow with everything better by the weekend.

It’s a long sucky, confrontational, scary, painful, tearful, and humbling process.

This type of learning can only be appreciated by the addict who is ready to be done living a life of lies. If we are not there yet, this work is not for us. We can’t fool ourself into choosing peace-of-mind.

If we are a true addict the bargaining days are OVER.

There are no other options.

No one comes to this work willingly. We come to it on our knees, tired and ready to do the work that needs done.

About the Blog ~

As a general rule, I will post once per week, usually Sunday.

This blog is an extension of the book Sober Identity: Tools for Reprogramming the Addictive Mind

This site is designed for sharing, in depth, the topics discussed in Sober Identity. It is also designed to reflect the principles and mindset that Sober Identity promotes.

That being said, we promote accountability and responsibility to self first.

If we do not know how to give this to self, we do not know how to extend it to another human being.

I teach:

  • recovery through universal principles
  • recovery through application of key competencies
  • recovery through facing and overcoming personal challenges
  • recovery through energy medicine (i.e. light workers, EFT, Theta Healing™)

If you are an addict or one who loves an addict please heed the following advice:

We do not recover alone. We require a support system.

This blog, recovery coaching, life coaching, 12-step programs, and support groups are all helpful and important.

Do not get thinking you can undertake this project alone.

Is it possible? Yes.

Is it probable? No

Is it advisable? No

Additionally, the recommendation of this site is that you do a medical detox.

Why? It’s safest.

Need a referral? Contact me.

Last but not least, we are not “pro” or “anti” any recovery option. There are many good programs and resources. The goal is to find one that works and stay with it.

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Brief Bio~

Lisa Neumann, a recovered addict and the child of an alcoholic, got sober in 2004 at the age of 40. Longing to help other women and families Lisa made a mid-life career shift. After graduating from International Coaching Academy and obtaining certification through International Coaching Federation in 2008, Lisa founded OGEL.

OGEL Life Skills Coaching: {Ordinary Goal, Extraordinary Life}. OGEL provides coaching for both the addict and their family.

Lisa published, Sober Identity: Tools for Reprogramming the Addictive Mind in 2011She does one-on-one coaching, as well as, couples, groups, and workshops.

In 2012 Lisa co-hosted a weekly radio program in Panama City, Florida which included on-air coaching for addicts seeking help with their recovery and their life.

Lisa currently resides in Southern California with her family. She is married, mom of two, a recovered addict, a good cook (time permitting), runner, cycler, dog-lover, and a T/TH home-schooling-mom (11 year old).

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The author of this site does not dispense medical advice or prescribe use of any technique as a form of treatment for physical, emotional, or medical problems with the advice of a physician, either directly or indirectly.
The intent of the author is only to offer information of a general nature to help you in your quest for emotional and spiritual well being. In the event you use any of the information from this site for yourself, which is your constitutional right, the author assumes no responsibility for your actions.