Step 1 -Acknowledgement

They say that ever journey begins with a single step. The same is true in the journey of recovery. Step 1 – We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable. There is specific reason and numerous discussions around why the first step is the first step, I think it’s rather…

The Perception of Normal

In a meeting recently, I heard a very interesting statement.  A gentleman was talking about the factors and rationalization behind his abuse, and said, ‘I drank to feel how everyone else looked.’  A simple statement on the surface, but to me, that simple statement rang so true and resonated so deeply.  What was he really…

A Sober Poem

As many thoughts ramble through my head, and as I admitted my powerlessness, the power seemed to shift in the other direction.  I am beginning to regain power, through those around me and a higher power, the following poem is directed towards the power that my addiction had over me and my focus on not…

Why Ask Why?

As I worked through my acceptance of my ‘condition’ and declaration of my status as an alcoholic, I  noticed that I was continually trying to figure out ‘why?’!  Whether you consider alcoholism a disease, allergy of the mind, or a result of bad decisions made, I have a feeling that a number of us struggle…

Alcoholism is a Responsibility, not an Excuse

With all of the perspectives, resources and easily accessed information in the world of recovery, I firmly believe that a person who is active in addiction recovery owes it to themselves to explore, learn and discover as much as they can.  From the Big Book, to sponsorship, to AA meetings, to the Grapevine, to self…

Sharing in My Sobriety

So, if you would have told me 3 years ago that I would be sitting down to write a blog documenting my thoughts and experiences in being sober, I would have called you insane.  Turns out, I’m the insane one, (I use that term as it is often tossed around in the writings and meetings…