A Return To Sanity

Folks mention this a lot at meetings when they’re discussing getting sober. Getting sober is considered a return to sanity, which begs the comment, alcoholism is akin to insanity. But that isn’t e n t i r e l y true… BECAUSE – plenty of sober people have a sincere inability to function in reality.Continue reading “A Return To Sanity”

Oh, EUPHORIA!

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!”

The Problem With SELF-CONTROL

Isn’t that we don’t have any. It’s bountiful within each and every one of us, yet completely underutilized. Why? I don’t know! Self-control is right at our fingertips, but how many of us use it? We don’t go to the gym because we don’t feel like it. We eat the cookie because we want it.Continue reading “The Problem With SELF-CONTROL”

Who’s Responsible?

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?”

The Art of Getting Sober

Stop drinking. Getting sober is one thing. Becoming sober is another. If getting sober was easy, everyone would do it. But here’s the inside scoop – getting sober doesn’t have to be hard and it can be permanent. There’s only ONE thing anyone has to do – stop drinking alcohol. Isn’t that nuts? It’s crazyContinue reading “The Art of Getting Sober”

Let’s Call A Spade A Spade.

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.”

It’s 4:00 a.m. Ugh.

Well, at six months of sobriety, sleep can still be elusive. So, I surf, play my word game, and now I’m blogging while the rest of the country slumbers peacefully. Here’s a picture of my sober Saturday. A friend and I walked up Skinner Butte in Eugene. Yes, I wear a lot of skirts inContinue reading “It’s 4:00 a.m. Ugh.”

I Can’t Get My Money!

Here is a brilliant reason why not to become an alcoholic. Drinking kills your memory and right now, I need to be remembering some valuable information! I’m trying not to freak out, but I can’t get my money. I self-published my memoir back in 2011. Since then, I have moved, changed my phone number, changedContinue reading “I Can’t Get My Money!”

Just Another Sober Weekend. Happy Happy!

Oohhhhhhh boy. Sobriety just rockadillies! This weekend, because I’m sober, I was able to get out of bed and buy one of these…In case you can’t tell, that’s a chocolate chip cookie. Nomnomnomnomnom!! This weekend, because I’m sober, I was able to roll out of bed and head out on a hike with this guyContinue reading “Just Another Sober Weekend. Happy Happy!”

The Biggest Mistake …

Most folks can make at the onset of early sobriety is to go into it with a recovery plan made in cement. It sets them up for failure. But most people will disagree with me on this. For those of us in recovery, our plans for a sober future are akin to promises we makeContinue reading “The Biggest Mistake …”

Anxiety During Sobriety

My anxiety has always reminded me of times I got high and hated it. I never really enjoyed smoking weed much in the first place, but some highs were definitely worse than others. After taking a walk a few minutes ago and experiencing a lot of anxiety at the same time (it felt like anotherContinue reading “Anxiety During Sobriety”