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!

Day At The Beach

Sometimes I want to scream to the Universe, "thank you!" My soaring level of gratitude cannot be measured. Happy endings and miracles happen. Prayers are answered. The answer is always yes. With each passing day, I'm one step closer to joining my family in Texas. Pictured: I traveled to Texas last weekend. My wife and … Continue reading Day At The Beach

Preparing For The Move To Texas

Following years of unfortunate separation, I reunited with my wife and two children twelve months ago. We've been enjoying a long-distance relationship between Colorado and Texas for the past year. Every few weeks, I fly to Houston and spend a few days down south with my family. Global Pandemic be damned, I'm not scared to … Continue reading Preparing For The Move To Texas

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]

Do Not Suffer In Silence

I will not live in the past, but sometimes the darkness pushes its way towards the front of my mind. It feels like a dream in many ways; foggy memories of another life and world—a hazy drug-filled landscape spilling over with bandits and mayhem. Much like World History, we cannot afford to forget the past … Continue reading Do Not Suffer In Silence

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 II]

Note to the reader: I'd like to take this opportunity to say this. At no point during our relationship was my wife weak or blind to what was happening. Her faith and love for me provided the strength to fight for our relationship. Part II The addiction raging within my mind was winning. Occasionally, I … Continue reading How Do I Know That I Love Her [Part II]

Careful What You Wish For [Addiction & Recovery]

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] is watching every move we make, … Continue reading Careful What You Wish For [Addiction & Recovery]

Damages Part I, Re-posted August 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, hearts, minds, and sometimes our lives. It's in this way that most people understand and cope with pain. Whether healthy … Continue reading Damages Part I, Re-posted August 2019