3 Things All Parents Of Adult Addicts Should Know

Hope for parents of drug addicts. As a man who has lived on both sides of the fence when it comes to addicts and parents of addicts, I can easily say that being the parent is, by far, the most painful of the two. As an addict, I shielded myself from my pain through self-medication while my parents experienced the …

How To Never Have To Ask, “Am I Relapsing” Again.

Am I relapsing again? I found myself asking this question repeatedly over my 25 years of recovery. Usually, it came shortly after some milestone in the 12 step program like getting a chip for time served or completing a certain step and patting myself on the back. It always began with a subtle warning. Maybe I’d tell a “little white …

Too Many Meetings? Signs You’re Someone Who Needs Recovery From Recovery

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There– Marshall Goldsmith A Man Who Needs Recovery from addiction? It’s been almost a quarter century since I walked into my first 12 step room. Admitting that I may be someone who needs recovery was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life. Despite, having answered the popular discovery questions …

Why Getting High With Your Kids May Be Your Best Defense Against Addiction

5 Healthy Ways To Get High With Your Kids “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean-neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.” “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master-that’s …

5 Ways To Help Your Marriage Survive Your Child’s Addiction

Marrying your mother was my first choice and if I have to choose between the two of you, I choose her. These were the words my father said to me when I was 14 years old and I still remember every sight, sound, and smell from that moment as if it was yesterday. I also remember the smorgasbord of emotions …

3 Things You Should Know About The Past

“I’d like to take your inner child and kick his little ass”-Don Henley of The Eagles It seems like there are a million quotes about letting go of the past and rightfully so. It’s one of the greatest challenges for people, at least in the space I work in. In my years of addiction and recovery I’ve lived through and …

Rewriting Your Life Story

There is nothing that’s good or bad, only thinking makes it so -William Shakespeare It seems that every time I go on social media I see another famous quote from Shakespeare and it made me wonder… Why do we give the same value to a man who wrote fiction as we do to others whom we revere as our great …

ARE YOU STILL RECOVERING FROM A DIS-EASE OR FULFILLING YOUR DREAMS?

The difference can be as simple as the words you use to identify yourself. Hi, I’m (insert name here) and I’m a recovering addict. I hear this over and over from people who are years removed from substance abuse. People identifying themselves as recovering addicts although the obsession or desire to use hasn’t been alive for years. I used to …

How To Go From Hopeless Addict To “Clean and Super” in 30 Days Or Less

“One moment of genuine insight dispels eons of ignorance and confusion” -Lama Surya Das My original title idea was “How to go from hopeless to dopeless in 30 days or less. I thought that was clever but it’s not the message I want to share. Although the first step is putting down the dope or abstaining from the behavior, the …