FROM 1-2-1: Redefining Rehab

I have always been big on using inferences to explain concepts. So far, I believe that everything in the world is tied to everything else. That the simplest concepts can explain the most complex ideas. This way, I find it easier to understand how some things work without necessarily breaking a sweat. It’s all about … Continue reading FROM 1-2-1: Redefining Rehab

MEDIA: How to Cope with Lying and Addiction

We’ve all been challenged by our kids lying when they have a substance use problem. Your child may tell an outright lie, or they may omit information. Either way, it is a struggle to deal with.  I recently spoke with a mom who was frustrated with her son’s lying. “I want him to admit the … Continue reading MEDIA: How to Cope with Lying and Addiction

sizzlin’STORIES: Opioid Rx misuse higher in LGBTQ people, study finds

A new study on prescription opioid misuse rates by sexual orientation confirms what earlier, less comprehensive studies suggested: Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are at a higher risk for misusing opioids, according to researchers. But the study also raises questions about a worrisome trend in one subset in the LGBT community. If opioid abuse rates … Continue reading sizzlin’STORIES: Opioid Rx misuse higher in LGBTQ people, study finds

From1-2-1: Even in Dark & Lonely Times, Amanda Still has Recovery

I have been sober for 3 months now. I have learned a great deal about myself and why I started using in the first place.  Many of my problems revolve around my relationship with my family.  It's not good.  Let's just say that it's not the typical relationship that you would have with your family.  … Continue reading From1-2-1: Even in Dark & Lonely Times, Amanda Still has Recovery

ENTRY: The Powerful Cement

Page 17. Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. Original copyright 1939. The part that I highlighted is simply [and stunningly] beautiful.  This roughly 80-year-old book is often regarded much in the same way the Bible is, which is truly amazing.  Moreover, even though Big Blue is basically a done-deal, it will never cease to astound me … Continue reading ENTRY: The Powerful Cement

ENTRY: A Parent’s Perspective

'My Daughter’s Addiction Has Made Me Stronger' ~ When you hear about someone with an addiction overdosing and dying, you might think of how depressing it is that this person was willing to do these things to themselves for so long, and so hard that it kills them. If you don’t have an addicted loved … Continue reading ENTRY: A Parent’s Perspective

MEDIA: Under the Bridge

Just about everyone knows "Under the Bridge" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  A lot of people know, too, that the song does in fact pertain to drug addiction.  Many alt-rock/indie-rock bands from the early '90s were experiencing major woes when it came to the various members engaging in illicit drug use.  Obviously, partying is … Continue reading MEDIA: Under the Bridge

MEDIA: Muse du Jour

I was feeling inspired today.  You know, that's one thing I truly love about being sober.  It feels so good and fulfilling to experience real emotions again.  And it could be any emotion.  I remember having a somewhat curious bout of constant crying spells about a month into sobriety.  I know this has happened to … Continue reading MEDIA: Muse du Jour

ART: The Apprehensive Addict

I've been to many invigorating AA meetings.  And I get it; some meetings are most certainly not as fulfilling as others.  Also, it's plausible that some addicts or alcoholics might have had a negative experience related to attending a meeting, and it might be why he or she doesn't continue to go.  This is part … Continue reading ART: The Apprehensive Addict