Patience Is A Virtue

Waiting can be difficult. Everyone finds themselves wanting a new job, a new place to live, or just a general change in life. The problem is that no matter how much we want these things, we cannot always make them happen as quickly as we would like. Sometimes, we have to learn a thing or…

Accepting Loss in Recovery

We all lose things. Even people. These things and people may be quite dear to us, or they may be things without which we can live quite happily. But no matter what the circumstances, each and every one of us will encounter loss at some point in our lives. To expect any different would be…

Emotional Disturbance: Highs and Lows

If there is one thing for which addicts and alcoholics are not widely known, it is our emotional stability. We may have our good days. We may spend years as high-functioning addicts and alcoholics, able to appear normal despite our intoxication. At times, we may even have others convinced that we really are better off…

Isolation and the Road to Relapse

Everyone feels a little bit lonely from time to time. We discussed this briefly in our article on HALT (Hunger, Anger, Loneliness and Tiredness). But with just a few short paragraphs, we could not possibly dive into the full depth of emotion experienced by those who feel that they are truly alone in the world.…

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Do’s and Don’ts of Telling Your Story

You may not know the answer to this question when you first begin, but the following should help you figure it out. (Ivelin Radkov/Shutterstock) Those of us who enter programs such as AA and NA may eventually be charged with the task of telling our stories to others. This may be in the form of…

Letting Go of Resentments Before They Kill Us

There is a quote about resentments which gets bandied around in recovery circles from time to time. You’ve probably heard it before, at one point or another. “Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” There are several variations of this quote. The above is attributed to Malachy McCourt, while…

Putting Aside Your Reservations Against Sobriety

Even when we know that our addictions have gotten the best of us, we usually have several reasons for believing that we are better off in the throes of alcoholism and addiction than we would be in recovery. We convince ourselves that it helps us think more clearly, or that we perform better in our…

The Origins of Willingness

It hasn’t been very long since we engaged in a Star Wars-themed discussion of mindfulness. In doing so, we explained that one of the key ingredients to mindful living is the willingness to do what one must in order to ensure that their thoughts remain properly curated. Such measures included, above all, a daily moral…

Practicing the Art of Mindfulness

This weekend, people all over the world were excited for the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens after so many years away from the franchise. We thought that it might be fun to publish an article relating to the film in some way, when we realized that the franchise itself contained a very important…