Badass Recovery Musings

My musings on all things addiction, shame, transformation, relapse, hope, and all the other wild-but-beautiful stuff that comes with a life centered around recovery.

Gluing Things Back Together

 

When I started my recovery journey in 2009, I thought sobriety was only about “not drinking.” I had no idea sobriety would become the avenue through which I would become human...

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The Relapse Formula

 

Relapse is one of my favorite subjects because I lived in it for two long years. After five years of sobriety, I found myself chugging warm chardonnay in a parking lot.

 

Relapse...

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A Vision for Your Future

 

Perhaps understanding how addiction hijacks your mind has given you clarity on why willpower will never be enough to get you sober for good. But perhaps it also made you feel a bit...

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Addiction Rewires Your Brain

 

Our mind is our own personal operating system. It’s the “command center” which has the programs that run our life. Our mind’s programs are supposed to protect us...

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Preparing for all the feelings

 

We don’t talk enough about all the feelings that happen in early sobriety. 

 

I've talked about committing to The Deep Yes, taking a first step, and understanding the...

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Doing The Work

 

I’ve talked about making a deep, personal commitment to a new life with “The Deep Yes.” I’ve discussed the importance of following the decision we take with immediate...

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Recovery Requires Action

 

After your “Deep Yes” then the “What Next?” moment, it’s about ACTION.

 

Recovery is - and always will be - a verb. I used to think that once I made the...

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What next?

 

“What next?” is where good intentions come to die. 

 

“What next?” is where most of us who struggle with addiction get stuck. Addiction robs us of the power...

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What is the Difference Between a Program of Recovery, a Sponsor, and a Recovery Coach?

I often get questions about what I do and why someone would want a recovery coach when programs like AA are free. My job is to complement a program of recovery, adding a whole new layer on top of...

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