Category Archives: alcoholism

Thoughts On A Higher Power

When we first came to recovery we already had a Higher Power.  We worshiped it, followed its every command, and spent many hours a day in its service.  It was the first thing we thought of in the morning, and … Continue reading

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Are You Trying To Microwave Your Recovery?

“…If we focus on the outcome we miss the process, and that’s where the good stuff actually happens. Doing the work and absorbing it is where the benefits lie: in the subtle improvements in the way we think, the mended … Continue reading

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Rodney

My friend Rodney died a couple of weeks ago.  I have wanted to write something about him, and just couldn’t; it wouldn’t happen.  But after his memorial service last night, I made a journal entry that I’ll share with you instead. … Continue reading

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Came To Believe

The Second Step reads “Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”  It gets a lot of attention because of that “power greater than ourselves” part, but not so much about the “believe” part. … Continue reading

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As Sick As Our Secrets?

Addiction is all about secrets.  By the same token, recovery is about letting sunshine and fresh air into the hidden corners of our souls.  In addiction we build ourselves a little fantasy world, a totally imaginary place where we go … Continue reading

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Numb

The topic at last night’s meeting was “dealing with feelings in recovery.” Several folks mentioned how being happy is often just as big a trigger as being depressed or upset. Early in my recovery from chemical addictions I knew a … Continue reading

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Superstition

Many, if not most, addicts have fallen prey to various superstitions.  By that, I mean that we have adopted ideas about our relationships with the world that have only a passing acquaintance with reality. For example, we may imagine that … Continue reading

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Handling Cravings

A craving is a feeling that we want to get high — to forget who we are, what’s happening, what happened in the past, things that worry us, family problems and so forth. There are times when we’re unable to … Continue reading

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A Doctor’s Most Dreaded Patient: The Addict | Addiction Recovery

A Doctor’s Most Dreaded Patient: The AddictIt is an unfortunate reality that most doctors don’t like treating addiction, and they don’t like addicts. They’ll treat the consequences of the disease but they won’t always confront the underlying issues, discuss treatment … Continue reading

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Concerning A Higher Power

I heard another newcomer at a meeting complaining about how she’d had God shoved down her throat by her parents, and she wasn’t having any part of this Higher Power stuff, blah, blah, blah.  I find this sort of thing tedious, to put … Continue reading

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Re-writing ‘The Legend’ in our minds

We all have a self-concept that is mostly shaped by our perception of how others think of us. This is the “mirroring” that teaches us in early life how to view ourselves and the world. Over-protective parents can make us … Continue reading

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Sponsorship

By Bill I’ve come to believe that going to meetings, getting a sponsor and working through the 12 steps is the most important part of recovery.  Why?  Because the process provides a template for dealing with recovery and its problems.   … Continue reading

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Craig Ferguson Talks About Drunken Celebrities (Video)

This video was posted on NPR along with commentary about the recent problems of Justin Bieber.  Although well before Justin’s recent notoriety, it bears on him as well as the people that Ferguson mentioned. One of my great-nephews asked me … Continue reading

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Silent danger: Living with a secret addiction

Addictions can sneak up on you.  I embraced my alcoholism with open arms, but became addicted to prescription drugs without realizing it, and entirely because of ignorance on my part and the part of my (then) doctors.  As an example, … Continue reading

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It’s interesting…

Every day I’m on a lot of sites that deal with addiction, or have articles on it.  Often, after finishing an article, I’ll read a few of the comments until the denial gets to me and I have to stop … Continue reading

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