The need to change in alcohol and addiction recovery

“To be or not to be, that is the question”   Shakespeare   “Should I stay or should I go” The Clash     I recently had an encounter with a young man who attempted suicide. To choose life or … Continue reading

Relapse in substance abuse recovery

Relapse is discouraging for anyone. But our response to a lapse is at least as important as the lapse itself. And where does the process of relapse really begin anyway? Well, as it turns out, ground zero lies in our … Continue reading

Not knowing in recovery | Substance Abuse Recovery

“I live my life in widening circles That reach out across the world. I may not ever complete the last one, But I give myself to it” Ranier Maria Rilke I walked into the group room one night last year, … Continue reading

Recovery is about practice | The Legend of Bagger Vance

The Legend of Bagger Vance When is a sport not only a sport? When is a movie not only a movie? When they are truly metaphors of life. Mythologist, Joseph Campbell described mythology as a story that never happened, but … Continue reading

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

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