Another Dog’s Purpose

“We keep what we have, only by giving it away”-Narcotics Anonymous A Cheyenne storyteller once said, “Stories are gifts. It is up to us to give and receive them.” Today I am going to be on the giving end of storytelling. Some stories just need to be told. Yeah, it’s a break from my normal “recovery” topics, but sometimes big …

No You Can’t Touch My Breasts.

Recovery has so many components to it — mental, emotional, spiritual, physical — and we are constantly jammin’ with one, more or all of them at any given time. Beyond the initial detox experience, recovery doesn’t focus much on the physical aspect of life as an addict. It’s a ton of spiritual work, cozying up with our Higher Power, and …

“I Learned It From You”: How to Help Your Child With Their Addiction

“F@#K YOU!” “Damn it!” “Go to Hell!” “****!” Out of the mouths of babes! There are rites of passage familiar to every life and every role in life. And I would venture a hallucination that, if you are a parent, you vividly remember the first time you heard your pre-K child blurt out some little gem from The Sailor’s Handbook …

Rewriting Your Story-3 Ways to Love a Vampire

  Rewriting Your Story 3 Ways to Love a Vampire One of the most important parts to a good story is the supporting cast. When creating our own story it’s important that we populate our world with loving, supportive people and release the toxic ones. The first part to this process is determining which ones are which. We do this …

9 Ways to Become Instantly Happier

I love this picture of my brother, P.J. Dixon. He’s one of the happiest people I know. He’s also confined to a wheelchair with only the use of his head and shoulders. Setting goals can be your greatest friend when you’re trying to reach a certain destination in your life. It can also be your greatest enemy if you attach …

Who Am I? How Did I Get Here? Who Are You?

Let’s Get Naked! I’m speaking figuratively, of course. As a 57 year old man with a ton of battle scars, exposing myself to you in a physical sense would not only be traumatic to you, but would be very counterproductive to my purpose for creating this blog. I do, however wish to be completely vulnerable and expose every other part …

5 Tips For Repairing Your Relationships With Your Children

Addiction wreaks havoc with every relationship in its path, and the closer the relationship, the greater the fallout. Probably no relationship has higher stakes than the parent-child relationship — the loss is so deep and personal (on both sides), and the risk to the child’s development and future is critical.   Your commitment to mending and improving the relationships you …

Scarred for Life, Addiction or Triumph

Scarred for Life Have you ever heard someone use the term, “scarred for life”? It always seems to come with a negative connotation. It’s as if we’re understanding it to mean “wounded for life.” The reality is that our scars represent something much more positive…healing. Whenever I see someone with an interesting scar I always wonder how they got it; …

Responding to Triggers

Early in my recovery it was suggested to me that I avoid people, places, and things that would trigger my fear-based thoughts which I allowed to lead me back to my addictions. While this worked OK for a little while, I soon realized that there were so many so called triggers in the outside world that in order for me …