At this very moment, all across the globe, men and women are walking out on their families for drugs and alcohol. Mothers and fathers have been abandoning their kids for dope since the beginning of dope. Dopes on dope leaving to score dope from dopes. I used to be that foolish dope. It's been a … Continue reading Sober Is Power
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]
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 high. Do you have … Continue reading Acquiesce To Recovery
We're spending this evening at the Houston Rodeo. Once again, I expect to see a sold out event; the Rodeo and the Jon Pardy Concert. The NRG Stadium seats more than 70,000 people. Wow, that's a whole lotta boots and hats! Even though I grew up in Montana Cowboy County, my family prepped me in … Continue reading When Did The Rodeo Become A Western Fashion Show?
Pictured: Standing up a dump truck in Brenham, Texas.n Twenty-four day after moving to Texas, I interviewed for and secured employment. This was five weeks ago. During those five weeks, I've had the opportunity to drive and operate various equipment. By equipment, I mean really cool stuff I haven't used before, including Tractor-trailers and Heavy … Continue reading Achievement & Avoiding Entanglement
Pictured: me, my daughter, and the llama at the Texas Renaissance Festival. She loves llamas! My thoughts this morning. Sabotage does not exist. I've written about my sobriety and my history with addiction many times. Some of you may know I've come back from losing everything. My sobriety, hard work, and passion for all I … Continue reading My Thoughts This Morning [Sabotage Does Not Exist]
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 [Re-post From September 2019]
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]
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?
The Voice of Addiction Copied from my Newsletter Column. If you are an addict, chances are you know about the little voice. What's the little voice? You know, that whisper in the back of your mind telling you it's going to be okay. Sadly, it's not going to be okay unless you learn how to … Continue reading The Voice of Addiction [Copied from my Newsletter Column]