How Narcotics Anonymous Helped Me

I had been sober in AA a bit more than a year when Biker Ray heard me mutter about my drug use. I’d just realized I had a collection of 10 or 12 prescription bottles for codeine, each of which had one, two, or three tablets in it. Mostly these had been prescribed for tooth […]

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Why She Drinks – My Take

I got two emails concerning the Wall Street Journal’s article, Why She Drinks: Women and Alcohol Abuse. Actually the second was an excerpt of the article without any credits posted on a private forum I belong to – it’s been taken down. I’m never quite sure what to make of the rediscovery that one segment or another […]

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When It Doesn’t Go Your Way

The check doesn’t arrive. You don’t get the job. You get laid off. Your spouse doesn’t call. The car breaks down. The bus is late. You end up waiting over an hour for your appointment with the doctor. Your favorite candidate loses. You discover your favorite soft drink is bad for you. The list of […]

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Anonymity – Another Look At Tradition 11

Over at TheFix columnist Susan Cheever has an article titled AA Remains Deep in Denial About Anonymity. It’s worth a read I think because she examines why anonymity breaks can be a good thing. Obviously, I agree with her. I published Powerfully Recovered! under my full name after much pacing because I didn’t want to hide my challenge […]

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I’m Uneasy With Two ‘Official’ Definitions Of Recovery

Last week I wrote about my personal definition of recovery. Today I was poking around and found two  semi-official defintions over on Buddy T’s site at About.com in a post called Working Definition of Recovery Developed. SAMHSA & Betty Ford According to the post the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) spent over a year […]

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What Is 12 Step Recovery?

We talk about 12 Step Recovery, but rarely discuss what that actually might mean. Here’s my take on it at the moment: Letting go of the addiction First of all it means stopping the addictive substance or behavior. That’s most obvious when it comes to alcohol and other drugs. Every day I don’t drink or […]

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So… What Can You Change?

Several years ago someone I thought was a potential client told me they had checked and one of my references was totally bogus. It isn’t and I asked where they had gotten the misinformation. They never replied. I told my best friend about it when happened and just today she asked if I’d ever been […]

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Returning Fully To Life

Recently  I heard someone with well over a decade of recovery say something like “I don’t know if I dare admit I’m successful.” As I listened to the rest of her share I realized she really was, at least in that moment, afraid if she said out loud that her life was working well she […]

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Anger Or Resentment? Yes, There’s A Huge Difference

Every now and again someone in a 12 Step meeting will say something like “I don’t dare get angry because I’ll slip.” If the group has some old timers, one of them is sure to point out that there’s no way we humans can avoid anger and we’re not even supposed to. It’s resentments that […]

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12 Step Recovery Slogans – Easy Does It

You see the slogan, ‘Easy Does It’ on the wall of almost every 12 Step meeting, no matter what addiction or behavior that meeting addresses. Like so many things in the history of 12 Step Program, the exact history of the slogans is a bit murky. Affording to the Alcoholics Anonymous website, when Ruth Hock, a non-alcoholic, who […]

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