Panhandlers & Addiction

Pictured: A small pile of pre-made ready-to-go signs. We've all seen them, those individuals who spend their days asking strangers for money. Some stand outside the store, asking for change. Others hold a cardboard sign and sit or stand along an intersection or highway offramp. And a few roam from parking lot to parking lot, … Continue reading Panhandlers & Addiction

Who Wants To Watch People Pee? Gross!

It's a well established fact; not all Drug Addicts are Dirt Bags. Furthermore, not all convicted Drug Offenders are Dirt Bags. That said, many of them are Dirt Bags or worse. For Convicted Drug Offenders, I believe there should be a balance between enforcing consequence and allowing someone to keep their dignity. Keep in mind, … Continue reading Who Wants To Watch People Pee? Gross!

Owning Our S**t

What does it take for someone to heal? How do we become happy and healthy? Depending on whom we speak with, the answers to these questions may vary. Regardless of what path to happiness we choose,   firmly believe honestly is required. How can we move forward without speaking the truth to others and ourselves? We … Continue reading Owning Our S**t

Damages [Spring 2019]

This was one of my first pieces of writing. At the time, I was still in my first year of sobriety. 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 … Continue reading Damages [Spring 2019]

Sober Is Power

Recently, a friend asked me, "how long have you been sober?" Until that moment, I'd lost track of my clean time. Only after a brief pause was I able to calculate and answer, "two and a half years." Addicts choose sobriety and recovery for a variety of reasons. These reasons are a common subject of … Continue reading Sober Is Power

Careful What You Wish For [Repost]

Careful What You Wish For Re-post Unfortunately for the addict, the enemy is addiction, and addiction has unlimited resources. Yes, our enemy has been planning for battle, going to war, and killing addicts since coping skills first came into existence. Like combat, the battle of maintaining sobriety is a fluid situation, and the enemy [addiction] … Continue reading Careful What You Wish For [Repost]

My Personal Evolution

A Journal Introduction From stinging monster, soaring eagle, and phoenix rising, I have evolved through the ranks of Scorpio, ultimately emerging from the ashes of decay. When I proceeded to begin blogging two years ago, I had only recently returned from the land of the dead. Or, as some may see it: The drug world. … Continue reading My Personal Evolution

My Thoughts This Morning [Just Say Maybe]

Recently, I came across an intriguing article about addiction recovery. This particular piece compared the following: (A) Quitting through a structured program, such as The Twelve Steps. (B) Quitting through abstinence. The abstinence method eliminated the use of a Higher Power and focused exclusively on the concept of the addict being their own Higher Power. … Continue reading My Thoughts This Morning [Just Say Maybe]

What’s Next?

Following four years of drug use, I sobered up 28 months ago. Shortly after cleaning up, I began writing. I fell in love with writing instantly, swearing myself to her for life. Oh yes, for myself [Writing] is a woman. How else could I explain such an intimate relationship? Fortunately, my wife has witnessed the … Continue reading What’s Next?