Damages [Re-posted From Spring 2019]

Title: DAMAGES Avoiding pain is natural. In fact, that's why it's there. Pain is a signal to the brain, informing us that something is wrong. Through our efforts to avoid the uncomfortable, we protect ourselves, our hearts, minds, and sometimes our lives. It's in this way that most people understand and cope with pain. Whether … Continue reading Damages [Re-posted From Spring 2019]

How Do I Know That I Love Her [Part VI]

Part VI Words spoken by my wife have laid the foundation for more than one facet of my life. Before her, I had never heard [life's lessons]. I hadn't considered the word [signs] in respect to my life. In the beginning, I scoffed at my wife's attempts to trigger a spark within my thick-skulled brain. … Continue reading How Do I Know That I Love Her [Part VI]

The Voice of Addiction [Copied from my Newsletter Column]

The Voice of Addiction Copied from my Newsletter Column. If you are an addict, chances are you know about the little voice. What's the little voice? You know, that whisper in the back of your mind telling you it's going to be okay. Sadly, it's not going to be okay unless you learn how to … Continue reading The Voice of Addiction [Copied from my Newsletter Column]

How Do I Know That I Love Her [Part V]

Part V Now more than 20 years later, I've become the man my wife wanted and prayed for me to be. All of this time, it's been her words echoing within my mind, driving me to become a man who honors his wife and children. Since we first met more than 30 years ago, we've … Continue reading How Do I Know That I Love Her [Part V]

How Do I Know That I Love Her [Part IV]

Part IV So much has happened between that day in court and today. In many ways, I'm a completely different person. In some ways, I'm the same man that my wife married 30 years ago before I fell to drugs. One thing has remained constant throughout each chapter of my life; I love my wife … Continue reading How Do I Know That I Love Her [Part IV]

Let’s Not Turn Away

Every Friday evening, I attend an Addictions Counseling Meeting via Zoom. I've been listening to and speaking with this group of people for about two years. Some of the names and faces have changed, but the core group has mostly remained consistent. I care about them. The holidays are upon us. Unfortunately, for many people, … Continue reading Let’s Not Turn Away

How Do I Know That I Love Her [Part III]

Part III As a young couple we had agreed to break ugly cycles that had plagued our families [mostly mine], but I had broken my promise by choosing drugs over love. Always the protective mother first, my wife did what was necessary to prevent our children from having to grow up within a dysfunctional household. … Continue reading How Do I Know That I Love Her [Part III]