P-Rae Jackson – Recovery at 15

By marilynldavis

By: Penelope, P-Rae Jackson   It Could Have Been   I had nothing to offer anybody, except my own confusion – Jack Kerouac So, there I am, sitting in the recliner at my therapist’s office. He smiles. “What do we say when we meet new people, Penelope?” “Welcome to the shit show,” I reply. “He…

Rise and Whine or Rise and Shine?

By marilynldavis

Changing the way we think takes time. Recovery allows us to learn new skills, attitudes, and actions, but it also gives us time to unlearn the self-defeating patterns of negative thinking.

When we begin the day on a positive note, it makes the day and our recovery shine.

Recovery: You Just Need the Tenacity of a Tulip

By marilynldavis

I do not take lightly when the Universe demonstrates a lesson for me, and at that moment, I saw how tenacious that tulip sprout was. That longing, if you will, to grow, to fight for survival and thrive. To blossom and show itself in all its splendor and beauty.  

Addiction Distorts – Recovery Transforms

By marilynldavis

How convenient and dishonest to say that all the harmful things I did to people were in my use. Then I could blame my behaviors, attitudes and actions on a substance, not the shadow aspects of myself or my character defects. Although my use distorted my thinking, behaviors, and attitudes, it was the shadow aspects or myself and my character defects that fueled my actions as much as my use.