By: Noelle Sterne “Are you ready?” Klaus asked finally. “No,” Sunny answered. “Me neither,” Violet said, “but if we wait until we’re ready we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives, Let’s go.” The Ersatz Elevator […]Read More
By: Marilyn L. Davis “As a pearl is formed and its layers grow, a rich iridescence begins to glow. The oyster has taken what was at first an irritation and intrusion and uses it to enrich its value. How can you coat or frame the changes in your life to harvest beauty, brilliance, and […]Read More
My name is Andrea. My clean date is 3/29/10. Early Rejections and Emotional Voids I was born in 1980 to a single mother. I was not her first child; my sister is three years older than me and has always taken care of me like a second mother. My grandparents were well off […]Read More
Growing Up, I Never Grew Up My name is David Delorenzo. I was born June 2, 1981. My clean date is May 1, 2015. So that’s three years and some change. I grew up in San Diego California. I am the youngest of three boys. My two brothers are only a year and a […]Read More
By Whitney McKendree Moore Who’s The Real Manager Here? This photograph was posted with the caption, “BRANCH MANAGER AND ASSISTANT BRANCH MANAGER.” I howled (pun intended) because that little dangler is me. My real puny status was not in the least bit funny when I first crawled into Twelve-Step recovery, exhausted from years of […]Read More
By: C. W. Stratton Judgement: We’re All Experts on Others “Judging others is easy because it distracts us from the responsibility of judging ourselves.” ~Charles Glassman, Brain Drain: The Breakthrough That Will Change Your Life Trying to discern another person’s level of commitment to recovery is such a challenging task. When interacting […]Read More
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
We carry out recovery as a goal, much like any other goal. Want a new car or house and cannot simply write a check? Then you know that you will have to save money to carry out the goal.
Want a better opportunity for a lucrative job? Then you know that you need either a college degree or specialized training to help this goal.
All of these goals take incremental actions to define and bring about your stated goal.Read More
By: Marilyn L Davis Participation: Start with Your Counselor “I found the prospect daunting, but somehow comforting, too, because the counselors insisted it could be done, and, after all, many of them were recovering alcoholics themselves.” ― Craig Ferguson, American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot Recently someone referred to you as […]Read More
By: Marilyn L. Davis In reading Whitney McKendree Moore’s book, Whit’s End, the first thing that stood out was how self-sufficient, poised, and seemingly together she appeared. However, we all know that looks are deceiving. Adeptly moving from one type of crisis to another, she finally realizes she can’t fix the problems, can’t control the […]Read More