Monthly Archives: September 2013

Sick Addicts = Sick Families

When someone addicted to drugs or alcohol begins to decompensate and their life spins out of control, or even if they should decide to become sober or go to treatment, the focus of attention will intensify on them and rightly so. What we must not underestimate or forget is the...
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In Memory of Ed

He was a good looking fellow, blonde haired, blue eyed, trim but muscular and had a sterling smile. That was his most noticeable attribute. Although he was not well educated, he was fairly intelligent. He had spent most of his earlier life on the west coast and had only recently...
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The Singular Imperative

Ask a thousand people in a solid recovery program, whatever their addiction might be, what is the single most important aspect of their recovery and you will get many disparate answers. Yet, for each and every one of them there is one overriding necessity, a singular imperative that I feel...
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POWERFUL

His name was Danny. He was a patient of mine for many years. He kept his alcohol abuse from me until he couldn’t hide it any longer. He came in one day with his wife, actually because of his wife. She couldn’t take his constant drinking anymore. She said that...
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Do you mind if I have one?

No, not me. I get asked this question all the time by others. People who find out I am a recovering alcoholic will feel uncomfortable having an alcohol beverage in my presence, at least until they get to know me. The people who are concerned about this are of two...
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Masquerade

Everyone has a fake persona they put on from time to time. It is something we do when we want to hide our true feelings. Ever feel sad, sick, tired, emotionally unbalanced but smile anyway and say everything is fine when asked? Of course you have. We all do this...
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Well, I’m just going to quit.

I love maps. All kinds of maps. Not e-maps or maps on a smart phone but real printed paper maps. The older the better. I have reproductions of ancient maps of distant lands and the night sky with the constellations. I have contemporary maps of national parks, cities, states, the...
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PERCEPTIONS

They say perception is everything. In general, what are the prevailing perceptions of the public concerning addicts and alcoholics? If you are a healthcare provider, are their perceptions different from yours? I dare say they would vary depending on whether you are addicted, in recovery or neither. What about your...
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Anonymity

Anonymity – the state or quality of being anonymous; an anonymous person.  Anonymous – without any name acknowledged, as that of author, contributor, or the like; of unknown name; whose name is withheld. Anonymity is one of the cornerstones of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. It is implicit in the...
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