The Real Issues Behind The Irish Peoples Water Protests!

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The Real Issues Behind The Irish Peoples Water Protests!

0 Comments 26 November 2014

This topic may seem a very different area than the topics I usually write about which is mental health and addiction. However, the catastrophic social issues that Ireland is facing at the moment has lead and will continue to lead to an increase in poor mental health and increased substance abuse. This essay was originally [...]

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Gender Inequality Is Alive And Well In Recovery!

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Gender Inequality Is Alive And Well In Recovery!

2 Comments 24 November 2014

Sitting in a meeting recently, I listened to a young woman in floods of tears, speak about how really difficult it is sometimes for her to not drown out reality with chemicals. She sobbed uncontrollably about how it was so difficult to work for shit pay, be a single parent to two children and stay [...]

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Are addicted people really “wired differently?”

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Are addicted people really “wired differently?”

0 Comments 04 November 2014

There was a time, up until quite recently if I’m being honest, that I gained a quiet comfort from the notion that because I was once unable to function without alcohol, I am “wired differently”. After all, in addiction recovery circles we hear that on a consistent basis and for some of us it has [...]

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Can Live Online 12 Step Meetings Heal The World?

0 Comments 16 October 2014

There was a time when my recovery was confined to 12 step meetings in my own home group in my own little town, in my own corner of the world. That corner of the world would be Ireland, for those of you who have no idea who I am. Initially I didn’t really notice that [...]

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Have YOU got the Courage to change?

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Have YOU got the Courage to change?

7 Comments 08 October 2014

  Am I brave enough to live my own reality? Do I have the strength to step outside the social norm and give two fingers to a stifling societal expectancy that doesn’t honor me, and allow myself to become who I really am?  These questions have become the bedrock on which I make decisions these [...]

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Is Anonymity For 12 Step Members Still Important In Modern Day Recovery?

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Is Anonymity For 12 Step Members Still Important In Modern Day Recovery?

3 Comments 23 September 2014

  “In my belief, the entire future of our fellowship hangs upon this vital principle. If we continue to be filled with the spirit and practice of anonymity, no shoal or reef can wreck us. If we forget this principle, the lid to Pandora’s box will be off and the spirits of Money, Power, and [...]

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My quest for the perfect sponsor

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My quest for the perfect sponsor

2 Comments 10 September 2014

When I was actively kicking up an alcoholic storm I never really had ambition or a sense of freedom. Alcohol was my freedom. It was the beacon of my life, my escape from the dreary painful world I inhabited. I always felt suffocated by others expectations of me, rules, should’s, have to’s. I was a [...]

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How I became my own sober coach and found self love

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How I became my own sober coach and found self love

4 Comments 26 August 2014

Before I begin I should state that I am not, by any stretch of the imagination an expert on anything I’m about to talk about. I am trained in massage therapy and reflexology but alas I have no phd’s or masters degrees in anything whatsoever. This article is simply relaying the lifestyle changes that have [...]

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Still dealing with the guilt!

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Still dealing with the guilt!

2 Comments 20 August 2014

Summer is almost over and the kids are getting ready to go back to school. It’s been a pretty good summer for them. At least I think it has. They had plenty of days at the beach and even had a week long vacation in Spain with their dad. We live in an area where [...]

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3000 people died by suicide yesterday and Robin was one.

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3000 people died by suicide yesterday and Robin was one.

5 Comments 13 August 2014

“One day I walked into a store and I saw a little bottle of Jack Daniels. And then that voice – I call it the lower power- goes “hey. Just a taste, just one drink.” I drank it and there was that brief moment of “Oh I’m ok!.” But it escalated so quickly. Within a [...]

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The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink. Our so-called will power becomes practically nonexistent. My powerlessness over alcohol does not cease when I quit drinking. In sobriety I still have no choice—I can’t drink. The choice I do have is to pick up and [...]

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