Tag: Recovery

More Joy Please

What makes us happy? What gives us joy? What brings real comfort? How do we find peace?  Most of us could have easily answered those questions at age three or four or five. But when was the last time we even stopped to consider them?  One of the soul-stripping effects of any addiction is the

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Alternate Routes

I read Marc Lewis’ book Biology of Desire when I was 8 months sober. It was the last of many books that I read that year on the topic of addiction and recovery. The interesting thing about Marc’s book was that unlike the other books I read it did not inspire me to stay sober

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Finding the Cure for Alcoholism

I’ve been sober almost four and a half years. I don’t call myself alcoholic but for lack of a better word I used the term alcoholic in the title. I could say that I have “Alcohol Use Disorder” or AUD but those labels are both clinical and clumsy. I don’t identify as an addict either.

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Break Free of the Staus Quo

I can’t say enough about the inspiration coming from Tama Kieves. She’s not a leader in the recovery movement (her partner is in long-term recovery, however) but she IS a leader in the movement of being who we truly are and all we can be. And the journey she is describing here applies so beautifully and

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What is the Drawback of Taking a Break from the Booze?

This time last year, when I posted an invitation in The FIX  for Dry July, I got a bit of criticism in the comments that was worth thinking through. One of the comments on our Dry July articles suggested that it was irresponsible to cheerlead the idea of taking a month off drinking because stopping and

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