The Journals [How I Came to Denver Colorado & My First Career]

I moved to Denver, Colorado, in 1988, at the age of 19. Coming from a small town of fewer than 3,000 people, I was not prepared for life in the big city. None of my family lives here in Denver, Colorado. Thirty years ago, I only knew a handful of people; my half-sister's ex-husband and … Continue reading The Journals [How I Came to Denver Colorado & My First Career]

If I Died Today, Have I Paid For My Sins?

I am 52 years old. Of those 52 years, I used street drugs for 11 years. Following my first divorce from 1997 to 2003. And, after my second divorce from 2015 to 2018. Both periods of drug abuse ended with a conviction for drug possession. The first [two charges], resulted in a community corrections sentence, … Continue reading If I Died Today, Have I Paid For My Sins?

Secret Society of Addiction Recovery

Recovering from addiction is an all-out life-consuming event that must last until death. Why? The answer is not complicated. Addiction wants to kill you. No matter what coping skill you have selected, addiction intends to kill you. Even if you're a shopaholic, addiction intends to kill you. Recently, after watching [The Order] on Netflix [all … Continue reading Secret Society of Addiction Recovery

From Dream 2 Reality

One facet at a time, I've been creating my own Crown Jewel. Fueled by 18 months of sobriety, this project has accelerated as if it were shot from a canon. I'm speaking of the amazing life I started building a few years ago. What began as four years of self-discovery, transformed into multiple stages of … Continue reading From Dream 2 Reality

Damages [Spring 2019]

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

Copied From My Newsletter Column

Once more, I'm writing this to you—the addict in need of a message. I'll keep it short. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have been tested again and again. As expected, not everyone has passed the test of sobriety. A large percentage of Adams County Drug Court Clients have relapsed. This is the journey … Continue reading Copied From My Newsletter Column

My Thoughts This Morning [Friendship]

I spent four years of my life preparing to create my new life. Hmmmmm . . . maybe this sounds strange, but it was necessary. I found the path. I chose the path. I stepped on to the path. I realize that it sounds a little dramatic, but in reality, I'm minimizing the situation heavily. … Continue reading My Thoughts This Morning [Friendship]

Bricks [From My Column]

[Copied from my Adams County Drug Court Column] Title: Bricks Drug Addiction is my enemy, and my enemy hates me. More than hate, my enemy desires to strip everything from me, torture me to the edge of death, allow me to recover slightly, and then torture me once more. This is the cycle of addiction … Continue reading Bricks [From My Column]

Magic of Bicycling

I started bicycling five years ago. At first, it was merely a way to travel until I reinstate my driver's license. Little did I know at the time, bicycling can be a way of life. I love everything about bicycles and bicycling. Riding helps with everything that is fitness. Mainly my lower back problems. Riding … Continue reading Magic of Bicycling