By: Tricia Moceo “I felt empty and sad for years, and for a long, long time, alcohol worked. I’d drink, and all the sadness would go away. Not only did the sadness go away, but I was fantastic. …But at some point, the booze stopped working. That’s when drinking started sucking. Every time I drank, […]Read More
By: Marilyn L. Davis When Our Body and Mind Rebels Against Us Our bodies and minds got used to being high. When we take away those substances, either our body or mind or both react and start craving the substance. As far back as 1988, when I got into recovery, we’ve understood […]Read More
By: C. W. Stratton The Baggage We Bring to Recovery “Everyone has baggage, maybe we should help each other carry it.” ― Rob Liano There are so many facets and perspectives in the process of recovery. Something that’s consistently heard and relayed is the concept of “don’t use and go to a […]Read More
By: Noelle Sterne I’ve Wasted Too Much Time ___ “It is true that you may have lost some time in the past. You may have allowed your life to melt away with your time, but the good news is that you still have the future.” ― Sunday Adelaja, How To Become Great Through Time Conversion: Are […]Read More
By: C. W. Stratton “Feeling powerless and not acting is like being hungry and not choosing to eat.” ~Naoshad Pochkhanawala Step 1 or Stalled? The recovery process is full of concepts, phrases, simple quotes, and words that we either take for granted or use them to our advantage in many ways. When we […]Read 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
Those feelings and thoughts about our life were held down rather like a jack-in-the-box – hidden away only by the mechanism of the box, or in the case of our addiction, by our use.
Take away the drugs and alcohol, and the feelings come flooding back, seemingly without rhyme or reason. However, emotional memory stores all those old feelings. They are still there.Read More