Emotional Sobriety

The idea of “twenty-four-hour living” applies primarily to the emotional life of the individual. Emotionally speaking, we must not live in yesterday, nor in tomorrow. AS BILL SEES IT, p. 284 I believe Bill was sober ten years or more when he discovered a process he titled “Emotional Sobriety.” When I first heard about the … Read more

Together We Can

We must all hang together or we will hang separately. —Ben Franklin Recovery begins with “you.” But recovery is sustained by “We!” Quite simply, we do not get through life let alone recovery alone. Many of us on our journey have this irrational idea that being “left alone” and even deeper being alone on an … Read more

Stairway to Recovery

“You can’t always see the top of the staircase so just look for the first step.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Overcoming addiction (alcoholism) is simple, but not easy. Most people have a fear of labeling themselves or being labeled an addict or alcoholic. It is a natural response, we are losing what we believe … Read more


If we do not try, we will not know. -Ayya Khema, Be An Island Whenever I run a group on making the decision to recover from addiction, I always do an exercise in front of the group with a volunteer.  I ask the participant to try to take a coin out of my hand.  Ultimately, … Read more