One Day At A Time – By Mark Goodson

  What a difference one day makes, how set to rise circles round again.     A new dawn breaks on every instance of heartache and loss. We are ready when     freshness comes across. With transformed eyes, first light breaks out of the darkest skies     and turns each shade into new color. This day will soon swim into another.   See more of Marks work at Continue reading

Drinking – A Love Story – It’s a Hunger!

Chapter 4 of Caroline Knapp’s book is entitled “Hunger.”  In this chapter she talks about the development of her hunger for alcohol, from its earliest drizzles to its raging torrents.  She describes her obsession over getting her fair share of whatever alcohol was offered, how the whole idea of turning down a drink was preposterous and how she tied early behaviors to the need to satisfy that hunger. Where did my hunger originate — my need to be in control — my need to fill that hole in my soul?  I remember first hearing about people having an “oral fixation” and secretly laughing at my perception of the sexual connotations to that phrase.  Having spent some time recently studying some of the more famous psychiatrists, I seem to see a connection between a fixation of some kind and the need for the drink.  As a young child, I was very… Continue reading

The First Step To Heal: The Power in Powerlessness – By Tommy Rosen

The first step in 12-step programs reads approximately as follows: “We admitted we were powerless over our addiction and that our lives had become unmanageable.” The wisdom expressed in this step is amazingly powerful and transformative for everybody, not just those who struggle with acute addiction. All human beings are subject to the human condition, which includes a lot of struggle and suffering along with the joy of being alive.  Let’s take a deeper look at the messages this step provides. We are dealing here with two concepts: powerlessness and unmanageability. The unmanageability is a feeling that comes when everything seems overwhelming and out of control. Most people in recovery can relate to this terrible feeling, which almost always seems to accompany acute addiction. Admitting powerlessness is not something we love to do and yet, it is the cornerstone of a life of acceptance and humility. To admit one’s powerlessness… Continue reading