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Gossip or Concern?

Human beings are a social lot, and sometimes, our socialization can turn into a discussion of others. There aren’t many people who have never gossiped about someone else. It begins from an early age, and sticks with us into adulthood. Even though recovery is about becoming better human beings, we are not immune from runningRead More

Addiction Is an Experience, Not an Identity

Addicts and alcoholics have been stigmatized by society for centuries. The 21st century has seen some improvement in the way the public views those afflicted by addiction, but we still have a long way to go. Though addiction is medically recognized as a disease, people don’t respond to it the same way as say, aRead More

It’s Not a Sentence, It’s Freedom

Most people don’t want to stop drinking or using entirely—they just want to control it. Though, after many unsuccessful attempts at doing so, they look elsewhere to find out the secret on how to have just one, or how to not drink or use when you absolutely said you wouldn’t, but find yourself doing itRead More

Caterpillars and Butterflies

Alcoholics and addicts have the disease of perception. Many new people who show up to recovery, show up with a very warped perception of reality. It may not seem clear to you now, but the truth of the situation is, you have reached a turning point in your life. You may feel like a caterpillarRead More

Fake It Till You Make It

Not drinking or using is a foreign concept for those of us who are addicts and alcoholics. When you’ve been addicted to a substance like we have, sobriety is not our natural state, and it shows at least a little bit in the beginning. As newcomers to sobriety, everything feels weird and awkward—the world, theRead More

Living in the Now

You can’t live in the present if you have one foot in the past and the other in the future. We can’t change the past, and there’s not a whole lot we can do about the future, which leaves us with today. As addicts and alcoholics, we have a hard time getting over our past.Read More

Why You Can Have Hope in Recovery

The reason why you can have hope in recovery, is because recovery itself is hopeful. In active addiction, hope is nowhere to be found and lonely despair fills our small world. In the dark hours of drinking and using, we as addicts and alcoholics can only hope for it all to end, to never feelRead More

Will I Ever Have Fun Again?

Almost everyone who chooses recovery has asked the question, “Will I ever have fun again?” It’s an interesting question, especially since addiction has zapped every ounce of fun out of our lives. Most people who come to treatment don’t get there because their lives were going so well, rather, they’re here because recovery or deathRead More

Forgiving Ourselves

For those of us in recovery from active addiction, we don’t need to be told how abusive we were toward ourselves. We went months, years, and even decades drinking and using to the point of oblivion. Depression, anxiety, physical injuries, and more laced our daily lives, and eventually became our normal. We beat ourselves up,Read More

What is the 13th Step?

If you are new to 12 Step programs, you may hear people speak of the 13th Step. It may not make much sense since the literature makes no mention of any step past the 12th. Generally speaking, the 13th Step refers to an old-timer in the program seeking out a newcomer with less than aRead More