People do change 6/25 — The daily addict

I am challenging the old adage “a leopard can’t change his spots.” A miracle is defined as a change in perception. Wayne Dyer stated : “When you change the way you look at things….the things you look at change.” Recovery produces these changes. I have seen the near dead come back to life. I have […]

People do change 6/25 — The daily addict

To identify and not compare 6/24 — The daily addict

This is a concept that I was first introduced to in recovery. I was taught when someone was sharing their thoughts and feelings at a meeting to “identify” with the speaker and not “compare” myself to them. Coming into the rooms of recovery there is every walk of life imaginable. Much to my surprise there […]

To identify and not compare 6/24 — The daily addict

What does addiction have to do with it? 6/21 — The daily addict

The other day I received a comment on a post that got me thinking. The person was wondering what addiction had to do with the topic that I had posted about. Such a good comment because it made me realize not everybody knows. Not everybody knows that EVERYTHING that I encounter in this life, every […]

What does addiction have to do with it? 6/21 — The daily addict

Addiction is a response 6/13 — The daily addict

I was listening to Dr. Gabor Mate give his explanation of addiction on a youtube video. Gabor stated that “Addiction is a response to human suffering.” I understand this perspective. I have heard it said many times in recovery that the drink and drugs are but symptoms of the disease. So it is like sneezing […]

Addiction is a response 6/13 — The daily addict

The island of misfit toys 6/7 — The daily addict

I have heard many times in recovery addicts referring to themselves as belonging on the island of misfit toys from the Rudolph classic. I always found this to be a light funny way to express the feelings that we as addicts did not «fit» into society. We were the unwanted. The outcasts. For many these […]

The island of misfit toys 6/7 — The daily addict

Did I choose Addiction? 6/1 — The daily addict

As a child with dreams and an astounding imagination becoming an addict was most certainly not on my list of wants or to do’s. But the thing that my hearts deepest desire held …… led me to become an addict so I could simply and truly understand the connection with a higher power. Confused? Here […]

Did I choose Addiction? 6/1 — The daily addict

The unique addict brain 5/30 — The daily addict

I was listening to someone sharing on a recovery meeting. They said they were working a new job and their coworker was complaining about their psychiatrist. Apparently the psychiatrist just kept giving prescriptions for Ritalin to the coworker. The coworker expressed she hated the effects of it and really wanted a new doctor. The addict […]

The unique addict brain 5/30 — The daily addict

When one sibling is sick 5/26 — The daily addict

Pickles and Snoopy are 12 year old cats and they are brothers. Pickles has been ill and diagnosed with cancer for about 3 weeks now. What I am noticing is the attention and focus that Pickles is getting and the neglect that Snoopy is receiving. I literally find myself a little annoyed with Snoopy when […]

When one sibling is sick 5/26 — The daily addict

A Built in Forgetter 5/20 — The daily addict

When I first came into recovery and I heard it shared that we as alcoholics/addicts have a “built in forgetter” I was very confused. Fresh out of rehab and attending meetings the bruises on my face were healing but my insides were extremely uncomfortable. I thought it ridiculous that I would EVER FORGET the pain […]

A Built in Forgetter 5/20 — The daily addict

A family disease 5/19 — The daily addict

Last Saturday evening I was at a recovery meeting to see my friend Bootsie celebrate his 31 years of clean time. There was also another gentlemen named Mike and he was celebrating 11 years. They both shared a bit of their personal story. Bootsie has just started sponsoring this man. Helping him help himself. What […]

A family disease 5/19 — The daily addict

“I wanted to fit in” 5/11 — The daily addict

Monday morning I got to hear a beautiful recovering soul named Michael share his experience, strength and hope at a recovery meeting. Michael came into recovery about 7 months ago. He arrived confused, broken and lost…..but ready. What blew me away was that he already recognizes that the drugs and booze were but symptoms of […]

“I wanted to fit in” 5/11 — The daily addict

The addict bottom 4/29 — The daily addict

This is something that has baffled me since I have come into recovery. It is said that once an addict “reaches their bottom” then and only then can they truly surrender and get well. However, I have noticed over the years that each persons “bottom” is different. Why are all of our “bottoms” different? I […]

The addict bottom 4/29 — The daily addict

The Ripples of Recovery 4/21 — The daily addict

The other day I received a very kind email from a friend who wanted to apologize for potentially hurting my feelings. In the email he stated  “the rings of that hurt can go outward like a splash in the water.” This hit me and got me thinking. I started to think about how when one addict […]

The Ripples of Recovery 4/21 — The daily addict

Connection Kills Addiction — The daily addict

I was listening to a man named Michael from Tampa, Florida share during a recovery meeting on the topic of isolation. He stated that “connection kills addiction.” I thought about it and I could not agree more. When I was in active addiction I was ALONE. I was isolated beyond belief. Not just physically but […]

Connection Kills Addiction — The daily addict

Recovered or Recovering? 4/4 — The daily addict

I was asked by a fellow friend blogger if I will ever consider myself recovered from the disease of addiction. They pointed out that I have been in recovery for over 10 years, yet I still refer to myself as recovering in the present tense. My opinion might change in the future….but for now, with […]

Recovered or Recovering? 4/4 — The daily addict