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Jul 03, 2022 You don't have to drink this Independence Day weekend

 

 

I USED TO CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY BY CUTTING OFF MY INDEPENDENCE – WITH BOOZE.

 

I will begin with a story that is unfolding in front of my very eyes as I type. It’s July 3rd, Independence Day weekend, and people are ready to celebrate.

 

I stop as I type...

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Mar 12, 2021 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 again, and find the way back “home” to my own heart. 

 

In the depths of my...

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Feb 28, 2021 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 brought me shame. Shame brought me more relapse.

 

I would drink, feel like a failure (both the world...

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Feb 17, 2021 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 hopeless. 

 

I invite you to feel hopeful. Why? Because now you know what the problem is, and this...

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Feb 01, 2021 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 from harm, to keep us surviving and thriving. 

 

But then. 

 

Addiction arrives...

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Jan 26, 2021 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 elements of "The Work" of recovery (A Program, A Toolkit, A Community). I've also talked a lot about...

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Jan 13, 2021 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 action.

 

You’ve made the commitment to make a change. Now, the game’s on....

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Dec 13, 2020 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 decision to quit drinking, my life would magically change. I can now see that part of why I failed at...

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Dec 06, 2020 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 to do “Next.” We make grand decisions in our heads to finally make a change.

 

We...

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Nov 24, 2020 The Deep Yes

I’d had 5 years of sobriety the day I found myself in the parking lot of a CVS, pouring warm Chardonnay down my throat. That was the first day of my relapse: a two-year tumble back down the rabbit hole of addiction. 

Two years is more than 700 days. At least half of those mornings, I...

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Oct 26, 2019 12 Tools to overcome a deep craving episode

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. This guide is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If your symptoms are acute, call 911.   

As we step out of addiction, we all go through moments where we feel a deep craving for the substance/behavior that was the...

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