Do what we do!

“Once the ‘what’ is decided, the ‘how’ always follows. We must not make the ‘how’ an excuse for not facing and accepting the ‘what.’” – Pearl S. Buck We are blessed to have twelve-step programs and other mutual support recovery groups.  The HOW is outlined for us.  Tony Robbins is quoted as saying, “Success leaves … Read more


Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth. Blaise Pascal The idea of alcoholism and addiction as a disease plays havoc in many peoples minds including the professionals.  This concept has long been the center of debate for addiction and alcoholism researchers.  For the addict it is … Read more

Fun, Fun, Fun…

There is, however a vast amount of fun about it all. I suppose some would be shocked at our seeming worldliness and levity. —Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed., pg. 16 Having fun in life is key to living a joyous life.  Often the biggest roadblock in the early recovery process is the belief that alcohol or … Read more


“Trust your hunches. They’re usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.” – Dr. Joyce Brothers Have you ever had a conversation with someone and you mention a song but you just can not remember the name or the artist?  You look up into the air for the answer and just can … Read more

A powerful example

Our behavior will convince them more than words. —Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed., pg. 83 Our example may be the only Big Book a person ever reads.  Who we are and how we act may be the difference in whether a friend, acquaintance, or family member ever seeks out help.  The Big Book says, ” . … Read more

Change Talk

I recently read a 2009 study on Motivational Interviewing.  Motivational interviewing is a client centered, semi-directive therapeutic process. Motivational interviewing is non-judgmental, non-confrontational and non-adversarial. The study found evidence that “What therapists reflect back, they will hear more of,” and that promoting talk about change promotes change. What does this mean for the medical model … Read more

A Central Purpose…

There is no hope of success for the person who does not have a central purpose, or definite goal at which to aim. — Napoleon Hill Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help others to achieve sobriety.  Alcoholics Anonymous preamble. For each and everyone of us our purpose lies in service to others.  … Read more

Addiction Treatment, what works?

“Know what’s weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change, but pretty soon… everything’s different.” – Calvin and Hobbes Over the years I have heard many “theories” on addiction treatment what works and what doesn’t.  Back in the 60’s and 70’s the belief that heroin addicts can not recover they are addicted for life.  They … Read more

The Badge…

All the world wondered as they witnessed… a people lift themselves from humiliation to the greatest pride. Corazon Aquino You may notice on the side bar of this Blog is a Badge that says “I Have 8,314 Days Sober” the number changes everyday.  We have five different badges available to folks to show some “Pride” … Read more