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Recovery is NOT a Drug!

Solemnity is often the appropriate attitude It is far from uncommon to hear a person in recovery talk about how great working on a step, or especially completing a step, makes one feel.  Or, if not a step per se, how doing some aspect of the 12 step program makes them feel great.  One will hear, … Continue reading

The Great Pull of Avoidance

Tomorrow morning I begin what is, in my chosen profession, one of the biggest “jobs” that we can face.  It will likely last three to four days, and consume every moment from 8:30 am until at least 5:00 p.m.  My nights are also likely to be focused on preparing for the following day.  It will … Continue reading

An Honest Balance

Avoid the denial of your own ordinariness! Anyone who struggled with the excesses of an addiction knows that the path to a life of balance is long and hard.  One moves from active addiction, through the torment of very early mental and physical withdraw.  One faces the frustration, or anger, or sadness, or terror, or… … Continue reading

Powerlessness (Re)Considered

A Buddhist/recovery blog that I frequent recently posted a  piece describing the idea of powerlessness in recovery ( An insightful article, it has inspired to (re)consider the idea of powerlessness in my own life, and my own recovery.  (Please note, the following ideas are mine, not his.) Within the 12 Step recovery movement the admission that one … Continue reading

The Addiction of Memory

The Persistence of Memory – Dali One may occasionally be struck with a particular type of difficult memory, what I’ll term a “Siren memory”.  Normally it’s a moment of great pain or of great joy.  These memories are not like an ordinary recollection that brings to mind the emotion of the situation in the vague … Continue reading

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