Good News and Bad News

by Bill

Been a touch disturbed for the last couple of days.  A writing gig that ran for the past 4 years or thereabouts is ending.  Not only will it put an uncomfortable pinch in the finances, but it’s less opportunity to help folks in recovery.  All good things come to an end, though.  Something else will come up.

The good news is that I’ll be able to focus time and material that I might have placed elsewhere on this site.  I hope that will result in some interesting reading for you, and some insights for me.  I always get insights into myself when I write (which, I suppose, makes this sort of a journal as well as my effort at carrying the message).

With regard to the message: if you like what you read here, spread it around.  If you find a particular post inspiring, reblog it or forward the URL to someone else in recovery.  I don’t make a cent off this blog, and I don’t ever intend to.  I do, however, want it to be as effective as possible, and you can help.  Easy way to do a bit of 12th Step work — for both of us.

Obviously, only do that if you think it’s worth the effort.  If I write b.s., don’t spread it around, call me on it!  I may or may not be gracious about it, but it will make me think about recovery from a different angle.  That’s important to me personally, and to my recovery.

Got some stuff to do before I head for a meeting this evening.  I’ll be back soon.

Keep on keepin’ on!

Going It Alone

by Bill

My wife and I picked up medallions at a meeting last night. We’ve been celebrating with that group since we got out of treatment 25 years ago, with the exception of a couple of years a few years back. My anniversary was the 14th, and hers is today. Although we don’t get to that meeting very often, the group is special to us because it was the first 12-step meeting we attended outside of a treatment facility.

It was great to see old friends and listen to the things the other celebrants and attendees had to say. I couldn’t help but think, as I often do, about the incredible importance of those folks’ support, and the support of many who are no longer with us. There is no question in my mind but that I would have relapsed without it, because my arrogance had me convinced – for much longer than it should have – that I could handle recovery on my own. Continue reading

Genetic Differences Influence Taste For Alcohol

People may differ in the sensations they experience from a food or beverage, and these perceptual differences have a biological basis, explained John Hayes, assistant professor of food science and director of Penn State’s Sensory Evaluation Center. He noted that prior work done in his laboratory has shown that some people experience more bitterness and less sweetness from an alcoholic beverage, such as beer.

“In general, greater bitterness relates to lower liking, and because we generally tend to avoid eating or drinking things we don’t like, lower liking for alcoholic beverages associates with lower intake,” he said. “The burn receptor gene TRPV1 has not previously been linked to differences in intake, but we reasoned that this gene might be important as alcohol causes burning sensations in addition to bitterness.  MORE…


Lookin’ For A Home

by Bill

“Lookin’ for a home – gotta have a home…”
The Boll Weevil Song

Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to let you in.”
Robert Frost, The Death of the Hired Man

Most of us have heard that line from the famous poem in one form or another. It sounds great when you say it, but many of us addicts have discovered that it’s a cruel joke. Some of us were never let in, even when we lived there physically. Others of us were rejected – perhaps as a result of our addictions, or perhaps for other reasons. Some of us were ashamed, and rejected home and family because we imagined that we saw ourselves reflected in their eyes. Not a few of us left as soon as we could for other reasons. The last thing we want – and the thing we want most – is to go back, and we have no idea what might happen if we did.
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Is football stress hazardous to fans’ health? [...and sobriety?]

It’s well-known that stress is a major precursor to relapse.  This health bulletin from the University of Alabama is practically required reading for folks in recovery, especially from alcohol.

“The body doesn’t distinguish between ‘bad’ stress from life or work and ‘good’ stress caused by game-day excitement,” Gilchrist said. “It impacts your health either way.”

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