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

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

Copied From My Column In The Adams County Drug Court Newsletter [October 2019]

[WARNING] Strong Adult Language. Parental Guidance is Suggested. My fellow Adams County Drug Court Clients, I am writing this for you because we are at war. I want you to have plenty of ammunition. I want you to have as many high capacity magazines as you can carry for your upcoming battle against the enemy, … Continue reading Copied From My Column In The Adams County Drug Court Newsletter [October 2019]

Damages [Spring 2019]

This was my first piece last year, the one that started it all for me. 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, hearts, minds, and sometimes our … Continue reading Damages [Spring 2019]

Damages [Spring 2019]

Title: 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 … Continue reading Damages [Spring 2019]

My Thoughts This Morning [A Hand Up, Not A Hand Out]

Title: You Can Do This [Taken from The Adams County Drug Court Newsletter] I spend a lot of time thinking about The Adams County Drug Court and the incredible job they do. What a difficult task, identifying drug addicts currently incarcerated who are capable of both completing, and graduating from the program. Somehow I've managed … Continue reading My Thoughts This Morning [A Hand Up, Not A Hand Out]

My Thoughts This Morning [secret lives]

Earlier this morning I woke up thinking about a friend of mine. We've been friends for a very long time. I can count the days I've seen him completely sober on one hand [maybe two]. My buddy is on probation for drugs. Being on probation for drugs, he's required to submit a Urine Sample 3-4 … Continue reading My Thoughts This Morning [secret lives]

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]

Bella In Ogni Modo [Beautiful In Every Way] Part 10

Within moments, another change began to take place, something as enchanting as the woman it was happening to. Shelby gazed with astonishment as the three tattooed rings on her hand began transforming in the most fantastic way. What had been three plainly tattooed rings on her left hand just moments before, had now sparkled with … Continue reading Bella In Ogni Modo [Beautiful In Every Way] Part 10