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”
I’m sitting here this morning having just talked to both my Dad and my youngest son, Uriah. We had wonderfully informative and short talks. They’re both doing great! I’m waiting for my coffee to brew, thinking to myself “So THIS is what happiness feels like. DAMN!! I’d forgotten. Happiness does not exist as an experienceContinue reading “What An Odd Feeling ~ Happiness”
“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.“ ~ Confucius He speaks to perseverance, focus, discipline, and patience. I’d add faith. These are all tools we can use to move into recovery.
Notice that the cloud has edges? Yes. Early sobriety is wonderful for a lot of folks. We live in and on the Pink Cloud. This euphoric state follows us every where we go. We walk around feeling proud (as we should because getting sober is quite the endeavor for some of us), serene, unencumbered, andContinue reading “Oh, EUPHORIA!”
A friend of mine just asked me to write a post about responsibility. I thought that was a terrible idea because I was content in my new chair and I didn’t want to move from my purring babies. But, the chair isn’t going anywhere, neither are they, and I haven’t written anything all day, soContinue reading “Who’s Responsible?”
I still find it interesting when I encounter folks who have indeed relapsed but prefer to call it something else. Like a mistake. Or a slip. Or a setback. Or (insert your favorite noun) … To me, this suggests that this person hadn’t paid the full fare for the recovery train in the 1st place.Continue reading “Let’s Call A Spade A Spade.”
This has got to be the shortest and the most powerful sentence a sober person can utter. That’s what I say, “I don’t drink.” If someone offers me a drink, I say “No, thank you.”