ENTRY: Organized Religion a Valid Tool While in Recovery

You know what, I've come to realize that the concept of religion and spirituality in general have become possibly even more influential to modern Western pop culture.  Think about it, in the news, how often do we hear about the ongoing abortion debate?  The folks that deem themselves "pro-life" never hesitate when it comes to … Continue reading ENTRY: Organized Religion a Valid Tool While in Recovery

ENTRY: Absorbing the Big Book, before you even start it

The Big Book is a very useful tool; in fact, it's probably more useful than a new package of guitar strings would be for me…  (Yeah really, 'tis that useful.)  I would never encourage any person in recovery to live and breathe by the Big Book, just like I don’t really think a Christian person should encourage another Christian … Continue reading ENTRY: Absorbing the Big Book, before you even start it

MEDIA: The Other, Other Opioid Crisis – Tramadol in West Africa

According to a 2016 study commissioned by the United Nations, 90% of all illicit opioids confiscated around the world were seized in North and Western Africa, and the vast majority of those opioids were tramadol tablets produced in India. These Royal-225 tablets are made predominantly by small, family-owned firms in India, who then export the … Continue reading MEDIA: The Other, Other Opioid Crisis – Tramadol in West Africa

POETRY: Valium Obsession

Swallowing little blue pills by the milligram, taking just enough so you don’t give a damn, it stops the anger and it brings the calm, life is what it is and I am what I am.  No standing in line for my prescription, rudimentary methods to fulfil my addiction, from India to Pakistan or straight … Continue reading POETRY: Valium Obsession

POETRY: Just Beneath the Surface

"Just Beneath the Surface" by Dean B. [circa 2000] Just beneath the surface of her pleasant, winning smile, Pompous and indignant, it’s been there quite a while, Comforting, reliable, it keeps her in the dark, At least a million reasons and subtle quirks remark: “Sure it makes a lot of sense!” she’ll deal with it … Continue reading POETRY: Just Beneath the Surface

ENTRY: Reflections… 4 years ago

I used to maintain another online journal a few years ago, but it was a bit more personal.  I spoke of all the changes and enlightenment I'd been experiencing as a wide-eyed newcomer to the recovery world.  Scanning through old entries, I ended up towards the beginning of the blog, when I was only at … Continue reading ENTRY: Reflections… 4 years ago