My Addiction & Recovery

Addiction’s Statistics (Are You One?)

Statistics from the CDC inform us: between 1999 and 2018, America lost 750,000 human beings to drug overdoses The 750,000 doesn’t count suicides, deaths from accidents/illnesses, long-term incarcerations, homelessness, other fates… Fates which,...

In Memory of Eddie

In Memory of Eddie

When I was a kid, I—like many 15-year-old boys at the time—dreamed of being a rock n’ roll guitarist, like Eddie Van Halen (Eddie passed away yesterday) Behind my parents’ barn in Ashburnham, MA, Kramer guitar (Eddie played a Kramer) slung over my...

Avoid the Trap of Change

It’s a noble thing, when we work to change our circumstances Rather than hoping they change on their own (Hope isn’t a strategy) Rather than complaining about what’s wrong (Whatever we focus on, expands) When we change our circumstances, we...

A Tragedy Happening in America—>You Can Help

There’s a tragedy happening in America…hundreds of thousands of deaths As per the Centers for Disease Control: from 1999 to 2018, we’ve lost 450,000 people to drug overdoses One of them wasn’t me: as a result, America has a person spending today...

Drugs Deaden the Brain—>Addiction as an Awakening Stone

Drugs Deaden the Brain—>Addiction as an Awakening Stone

Receding years, disintegrating decades, a lessening lifetime’s worth of ingested poisons, smoked toxins, injected enemies Harden parts of the addicted person’s brain to stone…solid as a mountain Dead as a mineral deposit, lifeless as an iron stove,...

Addiction’s Definitions

Addiction is a thought process or behavior pattern in which we compulsively engage, and which has a purpose Addiction's purpose is unique to each addicted person Recovery is the evolving process of discovering and using addiction's purpose to...

What Are You Addicted To?

What are you addicted to? Addiction can make our lives dull washes of gray, like slate waves on an endless shore as the rain drains the clouds There are many definitions of addiction Your proposed definition: Addiction is a behavior pattern/thought...

The Gift of Resentments

Whom do you resent…more importantly, why? Resentments—the way we manage them—can be key to recovery* (*we’re all recovering from something, or know someone who is) At the roots of my resentments of others, was the subconscious prod… They seem...

September: My Addiction & Recovery

Essential for Survival Of all the virtues we can learn, no trait is more useful, more essential for survival, and more likely to improve the quality of life than the ability to transform adversity into an enjoyable challenge —Mihaly...

Privileged White Male

Privileged White Male

I had been ready to resent the whole white race, but as I got to see more of white people, my resentment was softened, and a spirit of cooperation took its place —Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.  Society bestowed upon me many unfair...