*IMPORTANT UPDATE* Yes, It Has Been Awhile. Here is Why and What Is Next!

So Much Change, In Such Little Time…

As I am sure most of you have probably noticed, there has not been any posts or activity lately here on the website or on my social media’s. I can promise you all that this was certainly not intentional. As fortunate as I was to publicly launch this website and blog, the timing could have been better since soon after my life took a steep turn into chaos and it has not let up much since. With the schools closing until next year along with a lot of other setbacks occurring because of the Covid-19 pandemic, I have been no exception when it comes to the hard times many of us have been faced with since this all started. Though I have had the extra time off from my day to day job, I have picked up the responsibilities of being a full-time parent at home since my better half is an essential worker.  

I know I am not alone when I say that this entire experience has truly gave me a whole new perspective and sense of gratitude towards teachers and what they go through on a daily basis while caring for our children. On a side note though, I really cannot wait to see these teachers again so I can call them out on all the lies they spit out on parent teacher night’s about how great our children are and how happy they are to have them as students. Now this feeling is one I am not alone with because after just one week of having to home school my kids. I immediately knew that either the teacher lied or these kids act completely different in school then they do at home. With knowing how these kids are, I can confidently say it was the teachers that were not telling the whole truth here. (That was 100% a joke and I do not actually hold any hard feelings towards any teachers so please refrain from any negative comments because of this. This was purely a LoL moment. Thank you!) 

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As unfortunate as this entire situation has been, one fortunate thing to happen is that my girlfriend, the kids, and myself are all finally moving into our new home! We have known since before this past Christmas that we would be moving into my girlfriend’s childhood home, but what we did not know was exactly when that was going to definitely happen. We knew that we had to wait for her parents to finish renovating their new house and then get partially moved in before getting an exact date. We were predicting that it would happen by or during the summer. Thanks to the extra freed up time the Covid-19 situation had presented. The entire process was completed a lot sooner then anticipated. Pushing up our official move in date to May 23rd!  

So along with the extra day to day duties added to our already hectic lives, packing and moving was also added in on top of all that. Making it extremely hard for me to be able to fully commit the time required to produce the best content that you all deserve! Yes, I could have thrown together partially researched posts on sloppy thrown together topics. But that is not the type of content I want Lifeoholics Anonymous to be known for or associated with. So I have sacrificed the short game to help insure a better long game. Even though I have not published any posts and have not been as active as I wish I was on social media. That does not mean I have not been working on anything or have not been preparing for what comes next.

New Logo Concept/Idea – Tell Me What You Think Of It In The Comments Below!

Without going into too much detail, here is some of the highlights as to what is to come from Lifeoholics Anonymous in the very near future… 

  • Fully detailed product reviews featuring products from “Love The Fight Lures,” “Lew’s,” and Many More! 
  • Apart from the product reviews, I will be doing “Product Versus Product” posts that put to the test some of the best brands in fishing and how they compare to similar products on the market!
  • Step by step budget fishing guides that will include posts from other respected writers and sources in the fishing community. Here is a sneak peak at one of the writers and posts to be included in these guides! Paul Gaskell who recently did a fantastic article called [“What’s the Best Baitcasting Reel for Less than $100?”] Click the link to see his article now!
  • The biggest change to come is the launch of the Official Lifeoholics Anonymous’s YouTube Channel! The channel launch event is set for Monday, June 29th!
  • Upon release of the YouTube Channel, all my original posts will be getting an update that will include a video of myself going over each individual post and adding in some extra thoughts, Answers to Questions asked from previous readers, and other bonus content that relates to each topic.
  • There are a lot of big changes and updates happening with Lifeoholics Anonymous as well as for me personally. I have not set an exact time or date, but one of the last big changes to be coming to the website (Apart from the overall layout and design) will be an added Premium Membership option available for anyone who would be interested. The Premium Membership Perks will include such features like Viewing All New Content (Both Videos and Blog Posts) Before Anyone Else, Live Events Streamed for Members Only, Product Giveaways, and Much More!

Just because I have not had the time to publish new posts or articles, does not mean I have not had any free time at all. As little as that free time may have been, it never went to waste! I have been working on new graphics for the site, new logo ideas, and I have been cooking up some new posts that will be published soon. I will be sticking to a strict schedule so you all know exactly when to expect new posts and videos! 

Thanks to everyone for your patience and continued support through these tough times. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy as this Covid-19 situation starts to come to an end. My county just officially went to the Green Phase as of earlier today and I hope the rest of you out there are lucky enough to be having the same happen already or will have it happen soon.

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Recovery During Corvid-19 Lock Down – Featuring “Rewired Addiction” Discord Group with Step by Step Guide on How To Join!

Try Seeing Things from A Different Perspective

The Corvid-19 pandemic has been one of the hardest situations that we have ever had to face in our lifetime. Most of us have grandparents who have never had to deal with something like this. We will be telling our grandchildren or great grandchildren about this one day in hopes that they never go through something like this themselves. But if they do, maybe by our stories and seeing how we got through it. They will be able to face it head on and beat it as well.

      Many people out there still have not grasped the severity of this current situation. It’s because of those people that the daily count of positive cases still manages to rise more and more despite all of our attempts of social distancing and isolation. We were first told that the shutdown would be lifted by the first or second week of April. By the time April came around, schools were closed indefinitely and not to open again until the following school year. We went from having our daily freedom to go and do whatever we please to the state governments issuing stay at home orders and curfews. Now we are being told that the nationwide lockdown should be starting to lift by the first week of May. I am personally not feeling too confident about that statement since even today. The number of positive cases is still going up instead of down.

     For any typical American, the challenges we currently face have most definitely taken its toll. For those of us who have been in addiction recovery, it’s taken more than a toll on us. Especially those who are in Alcoholics Anonymous trying to stay sober and away from alcohol. The first thing to go when all this first started was social gatherings. Meaning things like Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and Narcotics Anonymous meetings were cut off since day one. Many of us currently in recovery have always depended on those weekly meetings to keep us strong, moving forward, and most importantly sober. Some people attend daily meetings because they are still in their early stages of recovery or they simply needed that daily meeting to keep themselves in check. To have all that taken away from them and being forced to isolate themselves from the world has impacted the state of their sobriety in ways that most people could never imagine.  

     For me personally, life did not just change when the nation was shut down. My life got completely flipped over, ran through the washer and dryer, and then hung out to dry. I have always been dependent on scheduling and routines. I have attempted numerous times to try and create new ones that would be as equally fulfilling and stable, but every time I felt as if one would start to stick. Something else would pop up and change everything again. The constant uncertainty of where I may be tomorrow or what trouble I might be able to get into was part of my addiction. I was not just addicted to opiates; I was addicted to the rush of the hustle. Finding a way to get up money, then make the rounds of calls and texts to my trusted hookups, and then leaving to go pick up one person. To then go to another person and then end up in a 50/50 situation as to whether I might get ripped off or everything comes through. The rush of it all on top of the feeling I’d get after popping a pill was what kept me in the same self-destructing cycle for years. Getting myself into a program and ridding my life of the people and things who kept me in that cycle.

What I have Done to Keep My Recovery Through Corvid-19 And What You Can Too

The main things that has helped me stay in recovery before the Covid-19 lock down happened, was those I hold closest to myself and the benefits I would get from attending my local meetings. Unfortunately, I never got to go as often as I would have liked, but I did go as much as I needed. Which is what is most important when in recovery. As many people in my local area would do, I would attend Alcoholics Anonymous instead of the Narcotics Anonymous meetings. Whenever I’d leave an AA meeting, I would always get this feeling of being refreshed as if it restored my self-confidence and natural positive attitude. The only thing I ever felt after attending NA meetings was wanting to go get high. Obviously, I kept away from NA meetings ever since but while keeping an open mind to any new ones that may be erected in my area. Guess I hold onto that hope that there might be a new one which had a better foundation and morals.

     Once the pandemic broke out and all the social gatherings were disbanded. Like others, I found myself in a bit of a panicked state. At first, I kept a leveled head and just kept thinking that it has only temporary and that everything would be back to normal soon. Then the schools closed for the remainder of the year not to open until the following school year. That same day, the state government ordered the extension of the lockdown along with a stay at home order for all nonessential workers. That has when I realized that this was not going to go away anytime soon, and things were only going to get worse before it got better. My doctor and counseling appointments were changed from in person to over the phone or webcam appointments. As much as those did help, getting to still share my thoughts and get some sort of guidance in return. It is just not the same as sharing and conversing with other’s who suffer from their own addictions.

    As I continued creating this website/blog and started on my initial posts. I continued researching my chosen niche and then found myself drifting into other topics. The main thing was finding online groups or chat rooms that may serve as a replacement for the meetings I have not been able to attend. I first came across addiction and recovery blogs. One of which was for someone I have come to admire very much. That person and what they do will be left for another post. From their blog, I found different YouTube videos and Facebook groups of others sharing their addiction stories. The one video that helped me the most, was by Derek Lambert – “5 Tips to Stay Sober in Early Recovery”. The tips from this video were fantastic and helped me quite a bit. More important than that, was what I obtained in the description of that video. A group that is based on Discord.

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“Rewired Addiction” – Brief Summary of The Discord Group and How Being Member Has Helped Me

What is Discord? Discord is an all in one communication app for communities, gaming, and friends that is currently available on iOS, Android, and PC/Mac. The group I learned of from the video Derek Lambert did, is called “Rewired Addiction.” From the moment I followed the invite link to the group to the first time joining the general discussion room after being added to the group. I immediately felt welcome and an overall sense of support from everyone that was online at that time. They welcome you in with open arms, personally greet you so you know that they are real people there and not bots, and they let you know you are not alone. If ever you need someone to talk to or just simply need a place to vent about your day. There are numerous rooms available for all different types of topics. Not just for general text but also for voice chat as well. The main thing I have been utilizing that this group offers is daily and weekly voice meetings. There are meetings for both Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. As well as literature readings, spiritual gatherings, and just like going to a local meeting. There are numerous options available for whatever stage of recovery you may be in and the members are always there to help you find whichever resource they offer that will best benefit you personally. I truly do not know how else to put into words just how much they have helped me and all the other members currently apart of their group.

      Just like a local meeting, you can join up to just to listen to others share or share yourself if you feel comfortable doing so. The one thing I cannot stress enough is the fact that they will never pressure or make you do anything you do not want to do, or you are not comfortable with. On top of that, the group has an extremely strict policy in place in order to protect their members and to not let in anything that would ever jeopardize someone’s sobriety and recovery. Being a part of this group is a privilege and if you do not respect that privilege along with its guidelines currently in place. You are immediately ejected from the group. The only reason that would happen is to protect the many members who do follow the rules.

     If you would like to be a part of this amazing group and have the chance to experience all this for yourself. Then please follow the steps below that I’ve provided for you and I wish you the best of luck on your continued journey of recovery. If you know anyone else who may benefit from this group, please share this post with them and have them follow these steps as well. Together we can make it!

Step by Step Guide to Joining “Rewired Addiction” On Discord

  1. First, Download the Discord App. Each Option Available Below:
    1. Direct Download For PC/Mac – https://discordapp.com/download
    2. Direct Download For iOS – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/discord-chat-for-games/id985746746
    3. Direct Download For Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.discord
  2. Once you have Discord downloaded on your device, simply create a new account or the faster option is to sign in via Facebook or Google. If you choose Facebook or Google, DO NOT STRESS!! You get to choose how much your profile displays and to who. You choose your own Username once your logged in and then you may change it again in each group you join by clicking on the group’s icon and the click change nickname!
  3. Now that you are signed in and customized you profile a bit, simply click the magnifying glass or search button on the bottom and type in or copy this invite code exactly how it is typed (Warning! Code is Case Sensitive) – QwZ5v5
  4. Once you click to join the group, you should be immediately added to it and then welcome to venture out into any of the rooms provided!

**** VERY IMPORTANT!!! Make sure you immediately read the rules and policies of the groups and channels you join!! Each group/community has their own set of rules and regulations! So, make sure to read them all before becoming too active in a channel to prevent being kicked before getting started. Plus, it is just good manners and knowing those rules will insure you start off on the right foot and on a positive note right out the gate! ******

I hope you all enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed sharing it. I truly hope that at least one person who reads this finds this amazing group and it benefits them as much as it has me.

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The Journey Ahead: What to Expect and When…

Before I begin, I would like to personally thank you for taking some time out of your day to visit Lifeoholics Anonymous! This initial post will explain what to expect over the next year along with a brief overview of Lifeoholics Anonymous.

Introduction

Lifeoholics Anonymous is a fishing and recovery blog/website based out of Northeast Pennsylvania, here to help share the journey of Christopher Weiss and how the world of fishing helped him get through the early stages of his addiction recovery and beyond.

Over the next year, he will be bringing you:

  • The Latest In Fishing News
  • Step By Step Guides
  • Tips And Tricks
  • Along With The Top Locations That The Northeast Has To Offer

Along with everything fishing, he will continue reaching out to others who might be struggling with their own addiction and help them realize that it’s never too late to turn their lives around for the better. Especially cause, if Chris can do it, then anyone can!

What To Expect

To start this off with a bang, there will be a handful of initial posts that all relate to northeast fishing including some of the current hot spots, conditions, and the best gear to help ensure everyone has a great time on the water.

As for the weeks ahead, there will be fresh posts weekly that will help keep you up to date on season changes, fishing patterns, and weekly status updates on Chris’ recovery and out reach status. Whether it’s positive or negative, full disclosure is one of the most important basis this website is built upon.

Current Options Available To Stay Up-To-Date On What Comes Next

Right here on the Lifeoholics’ website we have many options available so you never miss a post, video or any status change whatsoever. Those current options are:

  • E-Mail – By Simply Signing Up Below or On The Welcome Page, You Will Receive All Notifications Via The E-Mail You Provide
  • You May Also Follow Us On:
    • Our YouTube Channel
    • Facebook Page
    • Pinterest
    • Instagram
    • Fish Brain

To find us on any of the above mentioned social platforms, simply click on the icons on our website or type in “Lifeoholics Anonymous” on your chosen platform.

We hope to grow and spread out to other platforms in the weeks to come. By following us here or on the pages above, you’ll always receive updates as soon as they happen.

*That sign has hung in the living room of my girlfriends and my house since we moved in together*

When To Expect Videos On Our YouTube Channel

My main focus the last few weeks, has been creating quality content followed by the fine tuning of the overall web design and website layout. The idea was to not take on more then I could handle to start. With that said, in between writing quality posts and creating the best web designs possible. I have done my best tokept up with my fishing venture and made sure to record anything and everything I could while I was out. By doing this, I hope to have my first video edited and released on our YouTube Channel within one to two weeks of the websites official release. Now that doesn’t mean wait until then to subscribe! Make sure you head immediately over to the channel by clicking the link below, then hit the subscribe button followed by clicking the little bell. That way you receive a notification as soon as that first video is released along with all the videos to follow.

To Conclude, I Need Your Help!

To wrap up this initial introduction post, I now turn the spotlight over to you, the readers. In order to make all this work and for me to continue posting new content. I rely on your feedback and thoughts to guide me in the weeks to come. Let me know what your initial thoughts of your first visit to Lifeoholics Anonymous. Tell me where I can improve, what I might need to change if anything, and/or anything I should add to help insure you keep coming back for as long as Lifeoholics Anonymous is active!

More importantly then any of that, tell me what you would like to see me post next! Whether it’s reviewing a specific product or piece of gear, maybe there’s a location you’ve wanted to fish and would like me to check it out first, or perhaps you’re currently in recovery and need help with something so that you continue to stay in recovery. I am open to any and all suggestions that you may have.

The best way to do all this is to simply comment below or on the main page, e-mail me directly at christopher-weiss@lifeoholicsanonymous.com, or through any of the above listed social networking platforms.

Thanks again, I’ve worked very hard to make this dream a reality and I’m really excited to see where this journey takes us!