GROWING PAINS

By marilynldavis

By: Ben Rose   “Someday Somewhere We’ll find a new way of living We’ll find a way of forgiving…” “There’s a Place for Us”, from the 1957 Broadway musical West Side Story    Excrement Occurs   On 4/22/22, I turned 15. Not a chronological 15; I am far older than that. This date represents 15 years of…

Words

By marilynldavis

By: Ben Rose   What is the Importance of Words?   “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is. ~William Jefferson Clinton I have had many discussions with people of late, both inside and outside of recovery meetings, on the topic of word meanings. As an author, words are important to me.…

Incarceration Doesn’t Guarantee Recovery

By marilynldavis

By: Marilyn L. Davis   Incarceration is Punishment and Addiction Isn’t a Crime   “We cannot incarcerate ourselves out of addiction. Addiction is a medical crisis that warrants medical interventions, not incarceration, for nonviolent offenders. Decades later, data unequivocally illustrates that this war has been a massive failure. It has not only failed to reduce…

How Cognitive Distortions Harm our Recovery

By marilynldavis

By: Marilyn L. Davis    “Cognitive distortions can be defined as faulty or problematic ways of thinking about ourselves and the world that leave us feeling anxious, out of control and often helpless.” ― Sonali Gupta, Anxiety: Overcome It and Live Without Fear   What are Cognitive Distortions?   People in 12 Step based meetings refer to…