About the Author: Marc is a 48-year-old Author, Speaker, and Soldier in a war to loosen the grasp that Substance Abuse has on our society. He is a Father, Son, and friend to all those seeking refuge from this incorrigible disease. Marc resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where he enjoys, writing, hiking, and kicking the disease of addiction in the teeth, every chance he gets. As Marc always likes to say, “be blessed, my friends!” Check out Marc blog at www.recoveryunsensored.wordpress.com

    Help Wanted – By Marc McMahon

      If drug addiction were to place a Help Wanted add, it may read something like this! Our company has a fabulous opportunity to offer those of you who are qualified. First, the suitable candidates for this job will be those who have never done a drug before, or for those who are currently in recovery from active addiction. If you are currently using a substance at this time please do not apply as you already are gainfully employed in our eyes. This is a work from home position, you can make your own schedule. There are no quotas to meet and this position involves only limited sales on an, as needed, basis. There is no experience required, as a matter of fact, we are looking for those who have never done this type of work before. Especially those who never would have guessed that they could or ever would work in this… Continue reading

    Room for Rent; Part II – By Marc McMahon

    Back in September, I shared with you all about some roommate issues I was having and the changes I made to remedy the situation. Here we are seven months later and guess what? New roommate issues. First, let me ask you this; have you ever had roommates? Ah, then you know at times it can be an arduous task, not for the faint of heart that is for sure. It is one thing to have allowed an almost stranger to sleep under the very roof that you do, but given time their problems tend to start to become your problem’s and vice-versa. Even for two people who have their lives together, all their ducks in a row, I have seen this sort of thing happen. Now imagine two guys in early recovery trying to live together under the same roof in perfect harmony. Can almost see the writing on the… Continue reading

    Dad Is That You? – By Marc Mcmahon

        My son messaged me earlier on Facebook and was commenting on one of my articles that I had written for a magazine publication recently. The conversation started by him asking “dad, did that story really happen? Or was this just kind of a thing that you made up, to submit for this magazine you wanted to get published in?” He went on to tell me how proud he was of me, and that he loves the insight that my articles give him into my past life in active addiction. I had not given it much thought recently, or maybe it was really too painful of a subject for me to have given much thought to at all….ever. The way he said it almost made me feel like he was learning about a complete stranger. That although I am his Father, and we are close now, and love each… Continue reading

    Room for Rent – By Marc Mcmahon

    Deep down inside of me, right down the hallway from where I keep my skeletons in the closet, was an old not so well lit room. It had no windows, wreaked of stale beer and cigarette smoke and was probably one of the most inhospitable of places you can find if you ask me. I was in between jobs back in 96 and decided to rent that old dingy spare room to a seemingly polite gent that I became acquainted with by accident. He moved in right away which made me extremely happy. As the next twenty years went by him and I became very close, almost as if we were one. He took my reserved and fairly inexperienced at life self, on a tour of an elaborate tour of good times (or so I thought). We drank, did more drugs than I thought was humanly possible, gambled, got in… Continue reading