By: Joy Toro The context of this poem is capturing the mother who is imagining herself the day of her son’s funeral – a torment and a necessary psychological preparation. The day has come I had hoped to not see Dressed in sadness Black lace hides my weary eyes I […]
“Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could travel into the future, see where you messed up, and then go back in time to rearrange things to make your future better? You can. If you can foresee regret, you can mind travel to the future. If you can train yourself to mind travel effectively, you can intentionally affect your future by doing something about it today.”~Richie NortonRead More
It was at that point that I knew that change was a lifelong job; that it would create fears, uncover aspects of myself that generated and caused embarrassment, but that I would only benefit from my recovery if I went beyond not using to healing the underlying motives that produced negative outcomes in my life.Read More
By: Marilyn L. Davis Recovery Warriors Stick Around ____ “In my experience, people who don’t stick around during the hard times weren’t worth having around anyway.” ― Kimberly Belle, The Ones We Trust I remember my dad talking about fair-weather friends; those who are with us when everything is going smoothly; we’ve got drugs, […]Read More
By: Marilyn L. Davis Moon, Life, and Recovery Phases “When I look over my past, I see that the stages in my life are like the phases of the moon. I’ve had periods where I was the waxing gibbous: fat with wealth and success. There have been other seasons when my happiness […]Read More
If you find yourself in the cycle of only identifying the problem, ask yourself, do I have the want and the willingness to change something?
But continuing to just ponder the problem, leads to frustration, tension and guilt. In the case of addiction, not changing can and does lead to harsher outcomes.
People who have relapsed can learn something from the experience. But, for the rest of us, those lessons are best learned from a distance. We can learn from watching what others go through when they relapse. This is a better alternative than learning first-hand.Read More
It gets frustrating to keep asking for clarification sometimes; again because we think we are smart enough to understand it the first time. However, asking questions is better than making mistakes. The adage of measure twice, cut once comes to mind.Read More
Today, my recovery field is full of the fruits of my labor, but the original seeds and ideas came from others. It’s time I considered sharing some of the harvest; after all, spring is the time for planting and I’m sure that when I share and free up space in my field, I’ll have room to plant the ideas and suggestRead More
“Affirmations are our mental vitamins, providing the supplementary positive thoughts we need to balance the barrage of negative events and thoughts we experience daily.”― Tia Walker, The Inspired Caregiver: Finding Joy While Caring for Those You LoveRead More
By Whitney McKendree Moore “What you have become is the price you paid to get what you thought you wanted.” ~Mignon McLaughlin Reflecting on What I Thought I Wanted I’m on the eve of celebrating my 72nd birthday and my 48th year of marriage, thanks to 30 years of Twelve Step […]Read More
By: Dr. Barbara Sinor My son, Richard, was an alcoholic. He knew it, but did not admit to it until age twenty-five. His father, my husband, didn’t want to believe it; I sensed it much earlier. Both of Richard’s grandfather’s were alcoholics, that could not be denied. Alcoholism skipped a generation as neither Rich’s father […]Read More
“Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different. Life would undergo a change of appearance because we ourselves had undergone a change of attitude.” ― Katherine MansfieldRead More