I just found out that there is a live stream available on, where else, YouTube (of course) to those individuals who still wish to attend AA meetings on a daily basis. Well now, you theoretically still can! Just like how most schools in the country are managing with their "distance learning," well we folks in … Continue reading SPECIAL: Maintain RECOVERY from home during the pandemic!
This is, by far, one of my favorite passages written in the Big Book (of Alcoholics Anonymous). Upon first reading this inspirational portion, I was awestruck. To be honest, I think it was the simplicity of the text that truly compelled me. Moreover, this is a useful section to return to especially if you toil … Continue reading MUSINGS: The Broad Highway
Yesterday was tough. I went to an AA meeting last night, but that was a last-minute decision. I typically go to the only meeting that my hometown hosts on Friday evenings because it’s nearby and the people there are generally very kind and welcoming. So, I was planning on attending this meeting, known as “The Outreach … Continue reading ENTRY: My perpetual disdain for cross-talking at AA
As a person facing true substance use disorder, you do in fact have many options when it comes to attaining sobriety, and in turn a life built around everlasting recovery. Inpatient rehabs are widely considered the gold-standard when it comes to initial sobriety. I say 'initial' since, just as with any option for treatment, getting … Continue reading ENTRY: MAT Protocol in Need of Empathy–NOT Sympathy
I love the Big Book. It’s like a Bible for people that go to AA and NA (Narcotics Anonymous). My intention with this blog, in general, is to help the addict that is still suffering and/or did suffer at one point. We are all still addicts and it’s important for us to keeping working with … Continue reading ENTRY: The ‘Big Book’ – use it to your advantage!
The Big Book is a very useful tool; in fact, it's probably more useful than a new package of guitar strings would be for me… (Yeah really, 'tis that useful.) I would never encourage any person in recovery to live and breathe by the Big Book, just like I don’t really think a Christian person should encourage another Christian … Continue reading ENTRY: Absorbing the Big Book, before you even start it
"Just Beneath the Surface" by Dean B. [circa 2000] Just beneath the surface of her pleasant, winning smile, Pompous and indignant, it’s been there quite a while, Comforting, reliable, it keeps her in the dark, At least a million reasons and subtle quirks remark: “Sure it makes a lot of sense!” she’ll deal with it … Continue reading POETRY: Just Beneath the Surface
I used to maintain another online journal a few years ago, but it was a bit more personal. I spoke of all the changes and enlightenment I'd been experiencing as a wide-eyed newcomer to the recovery world. Scanning through old entries, I ended up towards the beginning of the blog, when I was only at … Continue reading ENTRY: Reflections… 4 years ago
Promise 1 Alcohol promised me confidence. But my feelings of guilt, shame and paranoia when I was drinking led to a drastic drop in my self-confidence and self-belief. The lack of quality sleep that heavy alcohol consumption led to and the impact on my brain function meant that I was mostly just getting through life, … Continue reading The Empty Promise of Alcohol — National Addiction News
I love crafting my own prayers. It's a special, sacred way of communicating with Higher Power, or God in my case. Of course, the prayers must be written down, so that I can keep revisiting them. They then serve like journal entries, as well. So, these homemade devotions make for very detailed and colorful time … Continue reading ENTRY: Praying the Way You Want to