There are lots of buzzwords in recovery, “recovery” being one of them. And any time you have to learn a foreign language, it can be disorienting. I wonder if there’s some sort of urban dictionary of recovery to define things like “geographical” and “do the dishes.” I’ll Google it and get back to you but… Continue reading A Pinkish Hue
In the early days attending AA meetings, the first 6-8 weeks or so, I felt like I didn’t fit in. From my skewed perspective, these were NOT my people. They were addicts and alcoholics, I just drank too much and couldn’t stop. Don’t you see the difference? They had a certain edge about them, real and honest,… Continue reading The Difference Between Me & You
I remember when I had my daughter many years ago, and her father and I were preparing to leave the hospital to take her home, just 23 1/2 short hours after she was born. I was in a daze, still coming to grips with the fact that I had birthed a child, walking gingerly with… Continue reading Born Again
I love round numbers. When I was born, I weighed in at exactly 10 pounds - dead on. No ounces. Perfect 10. BOOM! The nurses were like holy shit, we've got a big 'un here. It was back in the day so my mom was sedated for the whole event. (Quite thankful she was, I… Continue reading Keep it 100
The 4th step of 12 in AA is about taking a thorough moral inventory of yourself, and that begins by writing down your resentments. Resentments toward your family, the world, yourself, your situation, your car, your dog, your job, your coffee cup, your high school coach, etc. Anything at all that you may be a… Continue reading Bitter, party of one
Today marks 81 days of sobriety. Nothing special about this number, no coin at my meeting, no confetti cannons raining bits of paper down on my head. Just the happy and content feeling that comes with a clear head and heart and gratitude for this number and the prospect of it going up each day.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! For those of us who don't drink alcohol, we can often pose a mental or emotional challenge for friends who want us to join their holiday festivities. Some sound advice for hosts and hostesses on this lovely holiday: In short, don't be a jackass. We don't need special handling or attention. We're capable… Continue reading Just Act Natural