Don’t use; go to meetings; get a sponsor; work the steps: These are the basics of recovery in the 12-step programs. If we say “don’t act out,” we can include all variations of addictive behaviors, and if we broaden our definitions to include other successful recovery programs, these are the basics of recovery, period. Continue reading
Think of a single word that describes the process of recovery.
Share it as a comment. I’ll collect them and report back.
Sobriety is unexplored territory. You have to paddle your
own canoe to get there and you can’t take a taxi.
Of all the addictions, food has to be one of the trickiest. Let’s face it: we don’t really need tobacco, heroin, cocaine, booze, shopping, sex, religion and so forth in order to survive, although we may think we do. It’s hard to convince an addict who’s shaking it off cold turkey, or an alcoholic who’s in the midst of an unsupervised detox, but people do survive these things every day and, despite how it may feel, no one is going to die if he doesn’t get laid today.*
Food — well, that’s a different issue. Continue reading