“I Need to Get Stronger”

My 7-year-old son was bullied at school recently.  Fighting off tears, he told me a kid punched him in the stomach "and it really hurt".  He explained further that there were two boys and after the one punched him in the stomach another gave him an Indian burn (twisting one's arm separate ways, creating a burning [...]

“God’s House”

I heard one of my recent program participants refer to my sober living home as "God's House".  Coming from a very religious background I could easily see one of my active family members gasping at even the very notion that anything other than a building affiliated with the church could be assigned such a label...  sacrilege!! [...]

3 Ways to tell if you are a Delusional Coward that will destroy Everything and Everyone you come in contact with (including yourself).

You drink, drug, gamble, sex, lie, control others, rage, manipulate (or any other flavor of destructive behaviors) to the point that it has documented itself to be a negative element in your life and/or the life of those around you....... yet you keep doing it.  To quote my brother 11 years ago (on my sobriety [...]

Integrity… Time to Grow UP.. Recovery and Relationships.

Growth is painful and scary.  Especially Growing upward (UP).  It can require going against gravity (as an example), defying other's opinions or getting outside of our comfort zone.  I've heard that the human brain is designed to prevent us from certain types of growth and limit decision making (that could be beneficial) on a very [...]

Amends

Step Eight: Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. Step Nine: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. This should be a practice in everyone's life but for the addict in recovery, it's crucial if they want [...]