Autobiography in Five Chapters

  Autobiography in Five Chapters (From the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying) I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk I fall in. I am lost… I am hopeless It isn’t my fault. It … 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

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

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

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

Breathe into this Moment | Addiction Recovery

“Too much information running through my brain” The Police True or not, I recently heard that the average 21st century person is exposed to more information in a single day than someone from the late 19th century was in a full year. … Continue reading

Spirituality in Addiction Recovery | Phoenix Substance Abuse Treatment

“CHANTS OF A LIFETIME” SEARCHING FOR A HEART OF GOLD By Krishna Das In a Bill Moyers interview entitled “Love’s Confusing Joy” about the ecstatic poetry of the twelfth-century mystic, Rumi; contemporary Scholar, Coleman Barks said: “If you think there … Continue reading