3 Years Today and Five Ways to Make it to 4

Yes, it is that day of the year again where I can honestly say that I am sober of GHB addiction.

Five Ways to Make it to 4

  1. Don’t hang out with people who use the drug you were addicted to no matter how much you like them steer clear because a moment of weakness could strike at any time.
  2. Do something else. Pick up a pen and write or call a friend and talk out what you are feeling.
  3. Exercise. Do anything! Walking. Gardening. Swimming. Renovating. Picking berries. You don’t need to have an expensive gym membership to get in shape. It’s a big world out there folks… get outside regardless of the weather. I walk an average 15K a week and splurged on expensive sneakers instead. I rarely drive.
  4. Eat super healthy food all day long. Cut out or significantly cut down on fast food and processed foods and give your digestive track and waistline a break. I was a monstrous Pepsi addict. Yes, I consume Pepsi and drink on average two cans a day down from the 10 to 14 cans a day of two years ago.
  5. Find the love and honesty within yourself first and you will attract those qualities in others afterwards.


Change your vocation if you need to. My career choice of 10 years was making me sick. The more I worked in an office the more I wanted to use and pull my hair out. And this is not easy. I went from earning thousands every month to meager hundreds per month and lived in the most expensive city in Canada at the time.

I don’t have any words of wisdom or advice on how to quit what you are currently addicted to. I still smoke cigarettes as of today and someday will quit those to. What I do do is this; ONLY smoke outside! That choice in itself has cut my smoking in half. I never smoke inside ever! I am diligent with washing my hands and never smoke when creating art, packaging or printing. My studio is bright, south facing, smoke-free and clean. And to test whether or not your art smells of art or smoke simply ask a few non-smokers to smell it. It only takes a few moments of their time and will give you the piece of mind that when your customers buy your stuff it will smell of what it was created of and not of smoke. My art, reproductions and supplies smell of paper, ink and art supplies. Those non-smokers told me so!

Oddly enough, I am more worried about my art smelling of smoke than I am of myself being addicted to smoking. đŸ˜‰

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8 thoughts on “3 Years Today and Five Ways to Make it to 4”

  1. Major congrats on three years to you. A good friend just passed 4 with AA.

    I have been clear of cigarettes for a little over a year… and I still want to smoke. I miss it. Not as much to lean on when stressed, and harder to lose weight when the five pounds of mardi gras shows up. (I am still four pounds from smoking weight. I was ten pounds away from it…)

    Dating a non-smoker helps a lot, though. I’ve regained the sense of smell that I didn’t realize was missing, recently as well.

  2. And congrats to your friend Candice.

    You are doing great! I hope that when I finally quit I am able to maintain my weight. A few pounds though would be ok.

    I quit twice before for a year and half each time. I will quit again as three time’s a charm they say. Whoever “they” are I do not know.

    Most of my female friends smoke. 95% of us do where the men do not. It’s a starnge mix. The marketing in the eighties must have geared towards younger females and older men.

    Many men where i live who are older than 45 smoke where the women in that age group do not. The women who are younger than 36 smoke and the men in that age group do not.

    Regaining smell sounds wonderful! I have hope.


  3. This is the third time for me as well, and I think I’m going to make it this time.

    It is odd about ages and smoking. Those of us in our mid-late twenties before the ID crackdowns on cigarettes that started in our teens smoke more than the younger kids now. (Wow. terrible sentence.) Where I live now there are so many service industry people that it sometimes seems as if everyone smokes.

    The smell thing is weird. Only problem with it is you notice garbage more.

  4. Candice that is sooooo awesome! When I quit again it will be for good I hope.

    I’ve been thinking about you as that nasty hurricane is veering your way. I hope you are ok and you will be in prayers :) *hugs*

  5. I just want to take a moment to congratulate you on being clean for 3 years! That is wonderful. My husband is a recovering heroin addict. He has just about 12 years under his belt. What a life changing gift you and others like you have given to the people who love you.

    I love your blog and will follow your progress.

    Big hugs,

  6. Hi Danielle

    Thanks so much for the kind words. And congrats on your husbands sobriety to. I’ll be at four years this coming August.

    Cheers and hugs to you!

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