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“Drinking – A Love Story” – Looking at Similarities Not Differences

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I almost didn’t have a story to write this week.  I was reading Caroline’s book and finished Chapter 3.  The majority of the second half of the chapter was about her family and their relationships.  They were upper-middle class.  Both parents were highly educated and came from wealthy families.  Her father was a functional alcoholic. […]

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Love Attracts Love – By Nicola O’Hanlon

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The eternal quest to find the perfect life partner – that someone we connect with on every level – is something we all crave. We feel that if we just find that right person, our whole lives will transform into magic. Having someone to spend our days and nights with, share the highs and lows […]

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Healing A Broken Heart through Nutrition – By Kathleen Russell

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Matters of the heart are generally a big issue for people in recovery. Not only from the emotional aspect, as we learn to come to terms with our past, but also from a physical sense, having spent years abusing our bodies recklessly. So what mends a broken heart? Self-care is always the first port of […]

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Loving Self and Others – By Kyczy Hawk

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What does Valentine’s Day have to do with yoga and recovery? Love, admiration, and relationships that are discovered within ourselves and with one another at meetings and other sharing. But occasionally we draw in advertising, movies, and other social media and experience sadness, loneliness, and, maybe, self pity. Sometimes we crave and contemplate what we […]

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What Sexual Addiction is NOT – By Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S


Unfortunately, there is a lot of inaccurate information floating around about sex addiction. Because of this, some people will use the label “sex addiction” to define any type of sexual behavior (in others or in themselves) that does not meet their personal, cultural, or religious view of what sex should look like. He goes to […]

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Dating: A Cautionary Tale – From A Sober Mom’s Guide To Recovery – by Rosemary O’Connor


© 2015 by Rosemary O’Connor Hazelden Publishing Published with permission of Rosemary O’Connor. “All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else.”— MAE WEST For the alcoholic single mother, the dos and don’ts of dating are convoluted and complex. Dating for anyone today is like a minefield, but for recovering women, […]

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“Drinking – A Love Story” – I’m Not That Bad!

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Finishing Chapter Two and starting Chapter Three, this week’s reading focused on two parts of alcoholism with which I could readily relate. First, that no one ever saw my real drinking and second that denial allowed me to stay out there as long as I did. The author spoke at length about how she drank […]

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Chaos – I can’t quit you! – By Jo Black Sullivan

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Chaos has been in the fabric of my being since I was five years old.  I didn’t understand it then but I was most definitely cultivating the art of creating it, developing an eye to spot it and seeking out people who responded to it. Chaos was my safe place long before booze and drugs […]

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“The Beauty & the Madness” Spoken Word by Aaron Lee Perry & Nicola O’Hanlon

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      My essay “Managing the Madness so I can Eat Cake” was turned into a Spoke Word piece and named “The Beauty & the Madness” – By Aaron Lee Perry (SOBrSOLDIER) for the Since Right Now Network. Check out both these awesome recovery resources.           “I am forty one […]

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“To Web an Elegy for Andrew Webster” – By Gabriel Rheaume


There was a time in breaking youth When all the spoils of the world did not suffice. We were urban nomads, Living off the fat of the land, Indulging in the surplus, Chasing loneliness with liquor. Some robbed banks and slept in crackhouses Searching for the quickest fix, The permanent solution, To live up to […]

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“Drinking – A Love Story” – The Functional Alcoholic


By Jackie S. The next installment of Caroline Knapp’s story digs deeper into the life of the functional alcoholic.  She talks about the difference between perception and reality.  How it looks to the world like she is holding it all together, but inside she is falling apart.  Like the Smokey Robinson tune, she used humor […]

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The Fire – By Ryan Sirois


Four years ago I swallowed my last pain pill. Christmas night. After days of trying to look past the glowing orange pharmaceutical bottle on the kitchen counter. At Chris’s parent’s home in Pennsylvania. My mind a mess. Months of heavy anti-psychotics, antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication. A pill to focus. One to calm. Another to balance. To block […]

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Managing The Madness So I Can Eat Cake

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Today is my birthday. I am forty one years old and ecstatic to have reached this age. On Saturday, I will be six years clean and sober. I say that with confidence because I cannot remember the last time I craved a drink or a drug, or even romanticised the notion of using either. During […]

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Drinking – A Love Story – The Story Continues


Our reading this week took us to the end of Chapter One and the beginning of Chapter Two.  The joy of reading together like this, is the ability to share our stories and to look at the similarities we have with the author. I highly recommend this form of study to others as a wonderful […]

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A Story Of Transformation – By Christine Campbell

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I’m approaching another sobriety anniversary, and God willing I will celebrate twenty four years on the twenty eight of January. What a ride it has been for sure. I finished my final project for my Master’s degree in Advanced Studies of Human Behavior last Spring. I am an A student, and I put my all […]

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271 Days and I’m a Believer – By Aaron Lee Perry

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In 4 days I will be clean and sober for 9 months.  I never thought I could get a day sober much less this long. And it is absolutely mind blowing to me how much my life has changed.  I am doing things I never imagined I would do in my life, especially after losing […]

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Drinking: A Love Story – Chapter 1

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A recovery friend and I had heard about a book called Drinking: A Love Story, written by Caroline Knapp.  As it suggests, it is a woman’s walk through alcoholism as a love affair, and how she had to remove herself from it.  My hope is to write a bit about each chapter and share that […]

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“Uptown Eagle” – Words & Music By Harv6StringSarch – Sung By Monica Patton

Harv and Monica Patton from “Book Of Mormon” performing the demo for “Uptown Eagle” in the studio.

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AA Language – Does it Help or Hinder Recovery?


“My name is Damien, and I’m an alcoholic.” This is the conventional way to introduce oneself at a meeting of the fellowship. It bugs me. The very first time I said these words they were incredibly powerful and liberating — when I finally said them, my surrender was complete. But as my sober time increases, […]

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Easy Does It – New Year Nutrition

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It’s interesting that when I heard “easy does it” for the first time, it registered in my brain to mean – sit back and relax – there’s no hurry! The denial ran deep in my unconscious giving me permission to indulge in procrastination. My problematic thinking stemmed from many years of misconceptions. I was my […]

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