I had an addiction problem that landed me in daily meetings with like minded people. I met a very serious and robust systemic illness and discovered the source of my true addiction in the sugars I had to give up.
It took 9 months of simple sugar abstinence to fully appreciate what it meant to be sober minded rather than just sober.
My true vice was sugar and alcohol was just the most potent form. But when that became a detriment I switched to Skittles and meetings…8)
And it worked because I was still feeding my muse. Just a slower uptake. Which led me back to where that addiction started and there I was starring at a picture, looking back at my first birthday cake and the ice cream suit I so proudly wore with a smile.
It is unfortunate for sure, but we do this to our kids just as it was introduced to us. And what should be a life of ease becomes one of disease and viola…Alcoholism and over-eating really is a disease. One that we strapped on.
Hang out once per week with someone 20 years younger than you. Maybe your kids.
Hang out once per week with someone 20 years older than you. Maybe your parents.
In A.A. Get a sponsor, become a sponsor while keeping a sponsor.
Be a mentor or a person who is advised, trained, or counseled by a mentor.
Learn from from others mistakes that have gone before you and be there for those who need someone who’s mistakes they can learn from. Just imagine the good that can come from your less than awesome moments.
The above is one of many ways to improve your overall longevity and outlook on life.