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A Hobby Turned into Addiction

  The History Channel’s widely viewed television show, American Pickers, is my favorite program on television right now because I love and respect what those guys do.  I also happen to be a Picker myself.  At the beginning of the show the two main leads state:  “I’m Mike Wolfe and I’m Frank Fritz. And we’re pickers.  We travel the back roads of America looking for rusty gold.  We’re looking for amazing things buried in people’s garages and barns. What most people see as junk, we see as dollar signs.  We’ll buy “anything” we think we can make a buck on. Each item we pick has a history all its own and the people we meet? Well, they’re a breed all their own.”  I could not agree more! Instead of rummaging through garages … Read entire article »

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What does an Olympic Gymnast and a Recovering Addict have in common?

  I’ve been watching the Olympics every night, and while I enjoy the athletics to a certain degree, I find myself more touched by the human experience of the athletes.  In a weird way, their interpersonal relationships of parent-athlete, coach-athlete, and teammate-teammate, are similar to the ones I have been experiencing on my journey of recovery.    These athletes train for most of their lives to become as talented and strong as they are, and they do not do it alone.  Like an athlete, I have performed the physical and mental feat of getting and staying sober (I have a year now!), and I have not been able to do it alone.  Obviously, I have more of a mental recovery to go, but it is one of those journeys that never truly … Read entire article »

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An Addict’s Will to Change

An Addict’s Will to Change

  I had fifteen months clean before I relapsed on May 11, 2011.  My run lasted a little over a year.  I thought I would only use one time so I could escape from the immediate situation and the hell inside my head, but heroin doesn’t work that way – certainly not for me.  One night turned into a year and I still feel like I just woke up from some awful fever dream. The first few … Read entire article »

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Safe and Sober Vacation

Safe and Sober Vacation

  Once individuals are grounded in their sobriety, traveling often becomes an attractive option.  While traveling and using often went together, whether it was a cross country road trip with a pipe or a cruise with a lot of booze, a sober vacation is normally a new experience.  There are several structured sober travel companies that provide opportunities for sober individuals or groups to travel in large groups in order to provide 12-step meetings, support, sober … Read entire article »

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What Kind of Meeting is Best for You?

What Kind of Meeting is Best for You?

  Whether you are new to recovery or have been around for some time, finding the right meetings to attend can make or break your level of serenity and enhance your sobriety.  As AA and other 12 step programs have grown, so too have the variety of types of meetings.  Below is a short list of the various types of meetings one can find: Single sex meetings (identified men only or women only) Co-ed meetings Primetime meetings (discuss … Read entire article »

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Sober, Happy & Free on the 4th

  When I was using, the Fourth of July was just another excuse to get wasted.  We set the scene with bottles of vodka, mixers, ice, mismatched cups, and a pack of three Swisher Sweet grape cigars, a whole lot of weed, and some junk food.  It was one of those nights when my apartment was filled with people I knew and some people I barely knew.  A few friends from college, my best friend from the apartment complex who also used to go to my college, and an assortment of people I knew from the apartment complex, a few of their friends, and a few of their friends’ friends.  Needless to say, it got weird.  I’m not sure how it happened, but with the music blaring, the fireworks exploding … Read entire article »

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ENMESHMENT

ENMESHMENT

Enmeshment; I see it all around me, EVERYWHERE. Not only is it all around me, but, I too have experienced it first-hand, in my relationship with my mother. I certainly qualify as a candidate.  Firstly, for those of us out of the loop, allow me to catch you up to speed. Do you or a loved one rely upon others for happiness/wholeness? Do you or a loved one spend every waking moment together? Do you … Read entire article »

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Relapse in Sober Living

Residing in a sober living allows for a safe, controlled environment in which one can focus on his/her recovery. Someone described it to me as an “elaborate pause in life”. Going into treatment permits one to pick up the tattered remnants of their past, and learn new skills so they can cope with whatever the future may bring. In my opinion it is the chance of a lifetime. Very few people have the ability to put their very existence on a hold in such a manner, and it can bring out the infinite potential that resides within all of us, given we put the time and effort into our recovery. That is why it can be so upsetting when a sober brother or sister in the same house undergoes a relapse. … Read entire article »

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Social Recovery

Social Recovery

It is no secret that with recovery, there is work involved. The disease of addiction calls for close and diligent self examination. Addiction is a serious problem that calls for serious course of action, that said the life of a recovering addict is a joyous one. Questions that will often arise from addicts in early recovery are 1.) What will I do with myself now? 2.) What will become of my social life? 3.) Will I ever have … Read entire article »

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Applying Lip Balm – Trendy or Sign of Addiction?

Applying Lip Balm – Trendy or Sign of Addiction?

Rehab for lip balm…? A fellowship of…addicts who can’t stay away from Cherry Chapstick? I can’t figure out whether or not half the websites on Lip Balm Addiction have been created in jest or if they have an element of seriouness to them. For example, iVillage, a popular multifaceted website with the latest buzz, has a quiz for readers to assess whether or not they should consider themselves “officially” addicted to lip balm. The ways … Read entire article »

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