The Five “To Do’s” in Early Sobriety

Early sobriety. If your story is anything like mine, it was anything but easy. The emotional roller coaster, combined with plowing through the massive pile of wreckage that I had created, made my first year extremely challenging. Based on my personal experience, and what I have learned from others, there are five things that can [...]

What is Emotional Sobriety?

"If we examine every disturbance we have, great or small, we will find at the root of it some unhealthy dependence and its consequent demand. Let us, with God's help, continually surrender these hobbling demands. Then we can be set free to live and love: we may then be able to gain emotional sobriety. " [...]

The Stigma Attached to Addiction Needs to Die or Else More People Will

More than 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017. 72,000. You would think that with the level that the opioid crisis has reached in recent years, most of the public would have some basic understanding of addiction by now. But you'd be wrong. One evening, I'm scrolling through my Facebook feed and stumble upon [...]

Depression and Suicide in Sobriety

I've been putting off writing this blog for a while because as much as it's something that needs to be talked about, it's just uncomfortable. But you know what? It doesn't need to be. And the only way that we can help people is by being honest about what's really going on in parts of [...]

The Willingness to Stay Sober

Willingness. It's defined by the Oxford Dictionary as,"the quality or state of being prepared or ready to do something." There are plenty of things that I can honestly say I will be pretty much always be willing to do. Am I willing to go to the beach? Yup. Willing to take a nap? Always. Willing [...]

Twelve Steps Under Attack

I didn't really start coming "out" about my life of recovery until the last year or so (which was at almost seven years sober). It's not that I was purposely trying to hide anything, but I guess I wanted to get some time under my belt and allow people to make their mind up about [...]