Category: Opinion

Faced With Alcohol

It happens periodically, where I find myself face-to-face with alcohol; either in restaurants, parties or other random social settings. It seems to be rather unavoidable in this day and age, actually. I would be naive to think that I could navigate the rest of my life completely avoiding alcohol. However, I’ve become ok with this

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Celebrity Addiction: When The Music Stops…

Well, this round with celebrity addiction was especially jarring for Mac Miller fans and rap listeners around the globe; bringing to light the very real probability that, left untreated, addiction too, can and will kill you. -and before anyone starts in with that, “people die every day and no one bats an eye but one

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Rethink Recovery

Often, the term ‘recovery’ leads people to infer that you will one day return to your old self; same old normal you before all this mess began. Although, that’s not really what it refers to. Instead of trying to get back to the normal you used to know, recovery is more about getting back to

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Refreshments, Anyone?

Well, here we are approaching another summer holiday and for some of you, I know it’s officially crunch time. Summer parties send up triggers and temptation like landmines, and it seems impossible to walk through a minefield and never catch some shrapnel. My advice: STEER CLEAR OF “MOCKTAILS“!!! Even the word feels haughty to say!

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Let The Fear Of Change Work In Your Favor

…Think about how many people had to eat oleander and die from it before people were like, “oh yeah, maybe we shouldn’t eat those ones, or pick them really lets just leave those alone.”

Keep in mind, the technology at our fingertips now is but a “.” on the very last page of human history.
Being afraid of new things is…

Is Addiction A Life Sentence?

“Once an addict, always an addict.”

If you have been in recovery for any amount of time, you have heard this statement. Which is why my last blog, Reflections probably had some of you reeling. This is one of the more damming renowned recovery statements.

I use the word ‘damming’ to describe it because I feel that way when I hear it. Like my entire recovery is being funneled into this life sentence telling me repeatedly that eventually, I will relapse. That seems like a bum rap from the jumpstart if you ask me.

Am I the only one who feels like this system is setting me up for the mindset that I will inevitably fail, rather than that I will undoubtedly succeed?

Reflections Of The Past While Moving Forward

A sliver of light broke over the horizon as I poured myself into bed this morning; happy, clear-headed and completely sober.   I did it! I officially attended (and survived) my first typical adult party without consuming so much as a drop of alcohol. Sure, I have been out and about with friends who were

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We Tried Brutal, Now Let’s Try Compassionate Honesty

Your recovery is directly dependant on your honesty and to some degree your ability to be vulnerable while still communicating effectively. This, for many people and for any number of reasons can be especially scary. Although, I don’t have to fact check to tell you that being emotionally vulnerable won’t kill you. Sure, it’s uncomfortable

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Addiction Isn’t A Choice, You Are Just Hurt

I’m going to take some time to talk about something that I feel, is a little missunderstood from both, the addict in recovery and the person who loves/ is affected by the addict and their addiction. It’s something I have no doubt you have all heard. “Addiction is a choice.” Yeah? Is it? Do you

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Find Your ‘Fix’ In Nature

In recovery a lot of people will ask, ‘what was your key’ or ‘how did you stay sober’ and I never really have an answer. Well, that’s a lie, I have a ton of answers to those questions, but that’s the issue. Explaining ALL that recovery is, to someone not in recovery looks a lot

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