Ground Hog Day as it applies to recovery

The message in this ostensibly lighthearted romantic comedy turns out to be one of profound international interest and acclaim. It begins with the character Phil Connors, a curmudgeon weatherman, dissatisfied with life and his place in it, defiantly resisting every … Continue reading

The Cure for the Pain is the Pain

“The cure for the pain is the pain” Rumi In her amazingly progressive book “Radical Acceptance,” author Tara Brach Ph.D. talks about the power of using safe people in safe places to open up to our pain. She is accurate … Continue reading

Is that so? | Healing stories for drug addiction and recovery

The Zen Master, Hakuin was praised by neighbors as one living a pure life. A beautiful girl whose parents owned a food store lived near him. Suddenly without any warning, her parents discovered she was with child. This made her … Continue reading

Calming the Hurricane in Drug Addiction & Alcohol Addiction Recovery

“My mind is burning It starts to shout Desire is coming It breaks out loud… Here I am, Rock you like a hurricane” The Scorpions Any one, who has ever tried to quiet the mind in a sustained fashion, whether … Continue reading

Homecoming | Poetry for Substance Abuse Recovery

I will no longer abandon myself to prevent someone else from leaving me. I am an amazing kaleidoscope; diverse and dynamically rich; with myriad colors, shapes and textures, tints and hues tumbling about, defying description, holding projections, and reflecting them … Continue reading

One Day at a Time or One Breath at a Time | Inspiration in Substance Abuse Recovery

I live my life in growing orbits that move out over the things of this world. Perhaps I can never achieve the last, but that will be my attempt. I am circling around God, around the ancient tower, I have … Continue reading

The obstacles in our paths are our paths – substance abuse treatment

Keep walking Though there’s no place to get to. Don’t try to see through the distances. That’s not for human beings. Move within, but don’t move The way that fear makes you move.                                                        Rumi Nearly at the “end” of … Continue reading

Beginners Mind in Substance Abuse Recovery |Phoenix Arizona

“Choking on Feel-Good” Line from the movie “White Squall” It happened last night, as it often does in program; after an evening of people taking risks, making themselves emotionally vulnerable, exposing their bare-naked souls to each other, it culminated into … Continue reading