Recovering from domestic violence.

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Recovering from domestic violence.

4 Comments 23 April 2014

I have avoided writing about the issue of domestic violence even though it’s been something I’ve wanted to address for a long time. My recovery embodies many aspects including addiction to chemical substances and food issues. The other aspects of my recovery are from life traumas which include chronic illness. But the one that is [...]

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Why such reluctance to care for ourselves?

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Why such reluctance to care for ourselves?

5 Comments 09 April 2014

(photo courtesy of National Association of Baby Boomer Women)   Something struck me lately about some of the people I’m closest to who are also in recovery. For some reason, some of us are reluctant to take care of ourselves properly. We are all aware of our not so good physical state when we come [...]

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Today I nearly didn’t make it.

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Today I nearly didn’t make it.

7 Comments 19 March 2014

I slept a little late today. I’m not such a great sleeper anyway, and on top of that both my kids are sick, so the little sleep I usually get was even more disturbed tending to them during the night. No big deal, it’s all part of being a mother. Every morning I begin my [...]

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THE REAL VALUE OF MAKING PROPER AMENDS

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THE REAL VALUE OF MAKING PROPER AMENDS

3 Comments 21 February 2014

  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.   I have made hundreds of amends in my time, as I’m sure, many who will read this have. Step 9 tells us that it is vital that we make restitution to those we have hurt [...]

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It’s Just not program!…stuff that has nothing to do with AA

6 Comments 11 February 2014

Anyone that knows me, even in passing, will be well aware that recovery of any kind and from any issue is at the forefront of my life. I am in recovery from a list of substances and behaviors that almost killed me many times, and undoubtedly sent me to the abyss of insanity. The day [...]

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TURNING 39 AND 4 YEARS SOBER

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TURNING 39 AND 4 YEARS SOBER

5 Comments 19 January 2014

Our childhood stories tell us about happy ever afters, knights on white horses rescuing the damsel in distress and fairies that grant you your greatest wish.  Society tells us that being successful is to obtain the perfect nuclear family, have a wife that looks like a Barbie doll, a husband that looks like GI Joe [...]

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2013 In Words.

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2013 In Words.

2 Comments 31 December 2013

7.20am on the last day of December 2013.  It is so cliché to sit and contemplate the year just past.  I’ve managed to thoroughly annoy myself with the fact I feel the need to write my thoughts and experiences of 2013 down, but that’s what writers do.  We contemplate, express, and feel way too much.  [...]

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A SIMPLE SOBER CHRISTMAS IN OUR OWN HOME.

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A SIMPLE SOBER CHRISTMAS IN OUR OWN HOME.

0 Comments 23 December 2013

This year my little family and I will spend our first Christmas alone since I separated from my husband 6 years ago.  After our split, my kids and I always spent Christmas at my parent’s house, but this year we decided to break with tradition and stay home.  There will be Jess, my 7 year [...]

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A change of thinking!

0 Comments 02 December 2013

I had a long conversation with my brother recently, who is 11 years my junior, about addiction and mental health.  He is not an addict; well maybe he’s addicted to his music a little bit, but there is nothing in his life that he uses to self destruct at present.  The gist of our conversation [...]

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I WISH I KNEW.

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I WISH I KNEW.

5 Comments 15 November 2013

I wish I knew By Nicola O’Hanlon.   Like a soothsayer predicting bad omens in the air. I feel it coming and yet I try to ignore what is unignorable . Outside it seems all is perfectly wonderful but the eyes tell the truth, it’s their deadness to afraid to move in their sockets for [...]

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