Honest, I started thinking about this without even remembering that Thanksgiving was coming up. When I began to consider a title, however, it dawned on me. Then, being the sort of person I am (read: addict/alcoholic) I immediately thought, “How trite! I don’t want to publish a gratitude post in November!” Continue reading
Down on yourself? Consider the lowly mushroom. If it can turn bullshit into gourmet food, so can we — and we don’t even have to eat the b.s; we just need to stop doing it to ourselves. We can also choose to remain in the dark, living in our collection of manure. It’s up to us.
To be a woman suffering from a drinking problem in America is a lonely enterprise, defined by stigma and judgment. And that’s tragic. Women in America are drinking more than ever before, and they are suffering the consequences in sharply rising numbers.
The booklet provides detailed descriptions of the two types of professionally-led treatments shown to benefit people with alcohol use disorders — established behavioral treatments which focus on changing drinking behaviors, and medications, which are often coupled with behavioral treatment. It also includes information about mutual-support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous.
It usually comes from the back of the room, but is sometimes heard outside the rooms of recovery as well. It’s not uncommon in detox and primary treatment facilities. Depending on the situation, it may be delivered in a penitent tone or the voice of imagined authority. Regardless of how it sounds, or where you hear it, a whine is a whine is an excuse. And a poor one at that. Continue reading
I wrote in a previous post (the 2nd one down, I believe) about things that we need to accomplish before undertaking to make amends to others. Merriam-Webster.com defines amends as compensation for a loss or injury, as do most dictionaries that I’ve checked. To make amends is to do more than simply say, “I’m sorry.” If something is serious enough to require amends, it is serious enough to consider carefully how the amends is to be made. Continue reading