I shared at a meeting this morning and my focus kept on coming back to coping skills. So I guess today I will stay with that topic and chat a bit about coping skills....
I flipping had none-nada-zero......When you come from a family that drinks (I won't call my family an alcoholic family as my Mom will kick my ass, but you get my point.) coping skills are not taught. When the adults in a family drink to cope with THEIR stress it is nearly impossible for them to pass down healthy coping skills to their children. They have a program for just that reason called Adult children of alcoholics.
Coping skills are one of biggest blessings that the program has given me. I have solutions and skills to cope with whatever life puts in front of me. On top of that being a healthy adult with coping skills I have the ability and knowledge to teach my children coping skills.
In this day in age most people are lacking the ability to handle life on lives terms....it is so much quicker to pick up a drink or a drug....so the fact of the matter is they should have coping skill taught in every school in America to help stop the next generation from the train wreck they are headed towards. But they have no such class. Kids are dying at an alarming rate, and all we can worry about is the fucking budget. Gross really.
Anyway, I feel blessed today-Blessed that I have skills, blessed that I have a sober and sound mind, blessed that I have a place to go where I am loved and embraced. Just all around blessed for the life that sobriety has given me.