“SPIRITUAL GANGSTERS” NEW MEETING FOR MEN ON INTHEROOMS.COM – Marc Dunn

  Spiritual renewal does not provide us with the answer; it helps us find the way. The past several years of recovery have resulted in an evolution of spirituality in my life. It has also been a desire to share with other men this experience and hear from them how a spiritual awakening has shaped them in their recovery. It is with this in mind that I approached Kenny and RT about chairing a weekly meeting for men only, Spiritual Gangsters. The term is defined anonymously; Someone who lives life to the fullest. Spiritual gangsters are so magical, they have the ability to manifest anything they want instantly just by their ability to release resistance and allow pure positive energy to flow through them. The universe always has their back!! They are enlightened deliberate creators of spiritual evolution and the expansion of consciousness. They focus on the positive and always reach for a… Continue reading

How I Learned What Love Is – By Greg R

  Before I came to the fellowship, Love was physical and material. I didn’t like commitment, however, my attitude to anything was “What’s in it for me?” or “OK, and what do I get out of it?” I was either totally selfish or completely grovelling; there was seldom an in between balance. If I wasn’t in a relationship, or what I took as a relationship, then I was a failure. If I was in a relationship, I was either; scared of her seeing the real me, or more often than not, seeking comfort from the female of the species, to impress or get them to feel sorry for me, just for the sympathy sex. Basically, when with my partner, I was happy and contented, but if I was working away I acted like a single man on the hunt. After coming to the fellowship, having lost mostly everything, let alone… Continue reading

Unholy Trinity – Fear, Anger & Guilt

Fear, anger and guilt, the unholy trinity of emotions, are feelings that every addict seeks to alter. They dominated my life from the time of my earliest memories. It was those feelings that lead me on a path of reckless, selfish and dishonest seeking of substances to mask myself. It was the thoughts that I wasn’t good enough and needed to be better that blocked me from being. Young boys grow up with a father or role model they seek approval from or they seek to emulate in order to become a “man”, with all the characteristics that are deemed admirable and manly by society. The lack of this approval, the feeling of being less than, set me on a course that lead to addiction before I picked up my first drink. Christianity and Judaism introduced the concept of God to me at an early age. It was natural for… Continue reading

I Love Recovery Cafe & BuzzKill Pod Talk Gender Issues In Recovery

Check out Buzzkill Pod here Much is written about how addiction affects men and women differently, but little is discussed about how recovery affects each. Nicola from www.iloverecovery.com and Paul from www.buzzkillpod.com converse about recovery and how it can differ in the two sexes. Physical, emotional, mental, societal, sexual and psychological aspects can affect how men and women approach recovery.   <code> </code>       Continue reading