So. I’ve been talking to my sister, Claire, and another friend who seem to think it a great idea that I start making videos for this blog and YouTube. I’m not sure about doing this because I’ve never done it, and while I’m willing to try most things at least once – this idea hasContinue reading “People are Talking Video…”
I am currently revising the 1st edition of my memoir, Saturation. I have created a new blog where I will share portions of the updated version. My new goal is to republish the book by end of 2022. You will find snippets of the 2nd edition here: https://wordpress.com/view/buildwithwords.com I am also editing a short storyContinue reading “2nd Edition of Saturation: A Memoir”
You stumble over the cats as you make your way into the kitchen with one eye open and flip on the switch to the coffer maker. Your cell phone rings but you can’t find it because you’re not awake enough to realize it’s in the pocket of the robe you’re wearing. You need to peeContinue reading “Your Alarm Just Went Off And It’s Time To Start The Day.”
It’s disheartening to read about job openings on social media sites that are listed under the title of Recovery Coach (or something similar) that have absolutely zero duties that relate to actual coaching. I’m not convinced that most folks know – exactly – what a recovery coach is supposed to do. We talk and listen.Continue reading “What Does A Recovery Coach DO?”
There is always a way. Figure it out.
Here’s a little something to shine the light on… I think many of us have these worn down mental pathways of thinking that reinforce ugly feelings. And once we feel these ugly feelings – they – in turn – reinforce the ugly thoughts. And we go ’round and ’round in ugly circles. What might beContinue reading “For Those New To Sobriety~”
I am accepting applications for a reader/writing coach. I am NOT looking for an editor. I’ll get to that later. Right now, I am looking to hire someone to read my book, the 1st edition, and tell me what you THINK about the story – regardless what you think I might want to hear. TheContinue reading “Here Is The Big Announcement And It’s Not What You’re Thinking.”
While I understand and respect the value of experiencing the full process of addiction and recovery – I feel the need to put it out there that many who do choose to directly experience every nuance of the path, don’t make it to the happy ending called recovery. For some of us – our addictionsContinue reading “The Process. Drink, Get Sober, Relapse, Repeat.”
I had one of those last night – in a dream, which I find sort of odd because I never drank crap like that. I was a strict vodka and wine drinker. I can understand why having a dream about drinking might make some folks in recovery a little apprehensive. While the dream is inContinue reading “Fruity Alcoholic Drink Dream”
What’s the difference? It’s BIG. Is there a difference? YES. To be sober – one needs to stop swallowing alcohol. That’s it. To be in recovery – one needs to become a non-drinker. These are two very different positions to take. The first is a change in outward behavior. Don’t pick up a drink. TheContinue reading “Am I Sober or Am I In Recovery?”
I was walking the kittens yesterday when an idea overtook the direction of my thinking. Do Alcoholics ever fully recover? I considered that as long as I continue to – not drink alcohol – my alcoholism stays dormant. Perhaps like cancer? (I’ve never had cancer) But if I ever choose to pick up again, I’llContinue reading “Do Alcoholics Ever FULLY Recover? 🤔”
For the last eight months, the only reason I’ve stayed sober is because I’ve chosen not to swallow alcohol.
Oh Lordy, does it feel good to clean my home! I can walk and talk and think and function… It’s wonderful! Even during my worst moments in withdrawal, I still couldn’t stand the sight of a messy space. There’s something about having everything clean and in order that promotes my ability to think about lifeContinue reading “Not Tripping Over My Thoughts”
I’m nearly beside myself with shock and joy. I never, not once, thought I would live to see 51. And here it is. And I’m sober. All I can say is – Recovery is SWEEEEEEET!
Which one is the right one for you or a loved one? There are a lot of facilities to choose from! Unfortunately, the right one may not be the affordable one. And when it comes to this – sometimes you DO get what you pay for. But not always – because – some of the most expensiveContinue reading “How To Choose A Treatment Center”