ENTRY: My perpetual disdain for cross-talking at AA

Yesterday was tough.  I went to an AA meeting last night, but that was a last-minute decision.  I typically go to the only meeting that my hometown hosts on Friday evenings because it’s nearby and the people there are generally very kind and welcoming.  So, I was planning on attending this meeting, known as “The Outreach … Continue reading ENTRY: My perpetual disdain for cross-talking at AA

ENTRY: MAT Protocol in Need of Empathy–NOT Sympathy

As a person facing true substance use disorder, you do in fact have many options when it comes to attaining sobriety, and in turn a life built around everlasting recovery.  Inpatient rehabs are widely considered the gold-standard when it comes to initial sobriety.  I say 'initial' since, just as with any option for treatment, getting … Continue reading ENTRY: MAT Protocol in Need of Empathy–NOT Sympathy

ENTRY: The ‘Big Book’ – use it to your advantage!

I love the Big Book.  It’s like a Bible for people that go to AA and NA (Narcotics Anonymous).  My intention with this blog, in general, is to help the addict that is still suffering and/or did suffer at one point.  We are all still addicts and it’s important for us to keeping working with … Continue reading ENTRY: The ‘Big Book’ – use it to your advantage!

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

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

The Empty Promise of Alcohol — National Addiction News

Promise 1 Alcohol promised me confidence. But my feelings of guilt, shame and paranoia when I was drinking led to a drastic drop in my self-confidence and self-belief. The lack of quality sleep that heavy alcohol consumption led to and the impact on my brain function meant that I was mostly just getting through life, … Continue reading The Empty Promise of Alcohol — National Addiction News