I'm taking this opportunity to thank The Heavenly Father for watching over me all these years. As difficult as my life has been, I'm confident I would not still be alive without the assistance of God In Heaven. Although, that said, I'm tired 😊 Joseph Shanklin June 3, 2023
Tag: addiction recovery
I've written about this subject a few times. Without any doubt, this is how it works, and it all starts during childhood. Small hills eventually prepare us for mountains. Mountains prepare us for more mountains. One way or another, everyone's life can be challenging at times. Everyone experiences a loss to some extent. We all … Continue reading Everything We Survive Prepares Us For Life. Break The Cycle of Pain.
Most of us have experienced the frustration associated with standing in line, waiting to return something at a customer service counter. Even if the line is short, the employee assigned to help you may have treated you in a less than respectful fashion. Why are you being treated poorly? Depending on their hiring and training … Continue reading Shoplifting, Gift Cards, Facebook Marketplace, And Organized Retail Crime.
Re-Posted from December, 2021. The following was copied from my column. I write for a treatment newsletter in Colorado. Close your eyes and allow your mind to scroll back to the past, back to the world of drugs and crime. Whether last month or last year, let's journey back to the inescapable emptiness of getting … Continue reading Acquiesce To Recovery
"So, what did the doctor tell you this morning," he asked his wife, struggling to hide an ugly scowl on his thin, dark features. A sudden wave of sadness filled her mind as a single tear tried to fall from one tired eye, but didn't. The room seemed unnaturally quiet as the woman prepared to … Continue reading Causing Pain, That Other, Ugly Coping Skill
I want to take a few minutes to say "Good Morning" to those individuals who've struggled with loved ones addicted to drugs or alcohol. The people who have the love and patience to stand by the addicts' side throughout their battle with addiction. So often, we (bloggers) write about the pain and suffering of the … Continue reading Good Morning To Anyone Damaged By Those Who Are Damaged!
Pictured: Fishing with my Son. Following twelve months of planning and preparation, I moved to Texas three weeks ago. Following more than 30 years of Denver residency, I didn't hesitate to surrender my Colorado Driver's License for a Texas Driver's License. That's right, I have become a Texan. I already have my Texas Fishing License … Continue reading It’s Official . . . I’m A Texan! Re-Posted From January, Last Year.
This was one of my first pieces of writing. At the time, I was still in my first year of sobriety. I've had a couple of people ask me about the meaning of 'Damages.' They feel I'm placing addicts on a pedestal. I surely don't set the average drug addict or anyone else on a … Continue reading Damages [Spring 2019]
Yesterday, I had Green Eggs & Ham for the first time. Actually, it was good considering the eggs were, in fact . . . green. Three days into an 11-day vacation, I'm having the time of my life. Rollercoasters, Haunted Houses, Rides, Special Effect Shows, and a variety of food, the fun never stops. Joseph … Continue reading Green Eggs & Ham For Breakfast At Universal Studios
My wife and kids have been to Disney World several times. This will be my first time visiting the park. In fact, my first time visiting Florida. We're flying out later today for a nine-day vacation in Disney and Universe Studios! For all of the recovering addicts out there in the world, you really can … Continue reading I’m Going To Disney World Today