New York Times: Drunk Driving

Please take a moment when you can to read through the following Op-Ed piece at the New York Times online and leave your comments here below, NYTimes.  This is not an ad for the Times nor does it offer my opinion on what to read or not to read.  I follow articles and op-ed pieces … Read more

Rigorous Honesty

“Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.” – Leo Tolstoy When faced with the concept of Honesty I thought quite humbly I might add, “I’m Honest”.  But, when “Rigorous” was tossed into the mix, well that got me thinking!  In my … Read more

Have Fun!

“Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning.” – John Henry Cardinal Addiction is a thief, it steals the life right out of us.  Yesterday I was speaking with a young man that said he would rather go to jail for a year … Read more

When in Doubt? GOYA

“If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. But by all means, keep moving.” Martin Luther King, Jr. I used to hear, “Depression can not hit a moving target”.  The point is to just keep moving forward.  Don’t think too much about the negative stuff it has a … Read more

Spiritual Progress not Spiritual Perfection

“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” – Anna Quindlen As a man of recovery, a leader and a teacher it is difficult to not be critical of myself when I make a mistake.  Yet, from the start of my recovered … Read more

What is Happiness?

“Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing.” – George Sheehan Our short version of our definition of recovery is “Happiness”.  Whether you model your recovery from addiction after the 12 steps or not the ultimate goal for you is happiness, Joy!  The theme of step 12 is … Read more

Live Life with Passion

“When I came to work, I didn’t just come to work. I leaped to work.” – Al Pacino Living the ABC’s of Recovery encourages an individual to live their life with passion.  Staying positive, grateful, and maintaining a vigor for life always learning more and more about life, love, and You!  I wake up every … Read more

What is Living on Purpose?

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs When we speak of living on purpose quite often our minds race to a religious definition.   If you were brought up in a religious household or you have sought out … Read more

Baby Boomers: Drug Abusers

Reuters reported on Wednesday August 19, 2009 that: The rates of people aged 50 to 59 who admit to using illicit drugs in the past year nearly doubled from 5.1 percent in 2002 to 9.4 percent in 2007 while rates among all other age groups are the same or decreasing, the U.S. Substance Abuse and … Read more

A Clear Concise Mental Picture

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches.” — Napoleon Hill What does having a clear concise mental picture have to do with recovery?  Besides everything, more than everything.  … Read more