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
For many addicts and alcoholics coming to terms with the puzzle of addiction – knowing they need to change and doing the complete opposite is frustrating and scary. However, the good news is that the barriers and objections are within you and that means you have the ability to change them. It’s just a matter of isolating them, examining them and then changing what doesn’t work or fit anymore.Read More
By: Marilyn L. Davis Isolated Incident or a Pattern of Behaviors? ____ ___ ____ ___ When any behavior becomes the normal response or reaction to life or the typical way you respond or react to life, the behaviors become a ‘pattern of behavior’. In our active addiction, we created many patterns: ___ Manipulation to get […]Read More
By: C. W. Stratton “Self-deception is the surest way to self-destruction. Reality has a way of catching up with us.”~Sam Erwin How Am I Deceiving Myself? I’m Doing So Good! Active addiction is filled with so many feelings and emotions; guilt, shame, low self-esteem, low self-worth, feelings of inadequacy and feelings of being […]Read More
Ambivalence or of two minds happens when a person has both positive and negative feelings about someone or something and is struggling with deciding which option has more merit.
You’ll know you are ambivalent if you think conflicting thoughts about something, or hear yourself talking about a subject and then qualify it with a “but….”, “however…..”, or “on the other hand I think or feel……”.Read More