judgment from addict 2 advocate marilyn l davis

Judgment Perpetuates Stigma

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 […]

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hope from addict 2 advocate Annie Marek-Barta on Upsplash

Changes Give Us Hope for a Better Future

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.

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from addict 2 advocate marilyn l davis

Recovery: Overcoming the Whirlpool of Self-Deception

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 […]

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from addict 2 advocate

Return Journey – Making Amends on the Spiritual Road

“It’s about making a list of all the people you’ve harmed, either emotionally, physically or financially, and going back and making amends. That’s a spiritual lifestyle. It’s not a fluffy ethereal concept.” ― Anthony Kiedis, lead singer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and author of Scar Tissue
But that’s the cycle of addiction. 
 
Rather than be trapped in the loop of addiction, travel that road again and see what you missed on the first trip.

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from addict 2 advocate feelings marilyn l davis

Recovery: All the Numbed Feelings Pop Back Up

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.

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