Friday Feelings from A-Z

Before Al-Anon, TGIF meant it was time to put on the party clothes and hit the local taproom with my spouse. Funny thing, I used to look forward to the weekends until they became unmanageable. It was then I realized I had my own problem to deal with. The self-delusion...
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May the luck of the Irish be with you! Or Not.

Sweet Uncle Mickey McAndrew was it your sensitivity that left me with a tender spot in my heart for the Irish? Or it could have been the nonjudgmental spirit of my mother-in-law, whose maiden name just happened to be O’Brien. Add to the mix a son-in-law who was proud...
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Co-Addiction: How Did it Come to This?

Do you find yourself asking the question, how did I get here? If, like me, you thought you had all the answers to help a loved one face their shortcomings is one of the ways you got there. When we bring ourselves down trying to lift someone up, is the classical...
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Repeating the 12 Steps

Repetition is a critical component of recovery. As we close out Black History Month, I am reposting the insights of Martin Luther King, Jr. (in blue print) and the correlation his wisdom has with the 12 Steps. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives...
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Friday Feelings from A-Z

Before Al-Anon, TGIF meant it was time to put on the party clothes and hit the local taproom with my spouse. Funny thing, I used to look forward to the weekends until they became unmanageable. It was then I realized I had my own problem to deal with. The self-delusion...

read more

May the luck of the Irish be with you! Or Not.

Sweet Uncle Mickey McAndrew was it your sensitivity that left me with a tender spot in my heart for the Irish? Or it could have been the nonjudgmental spirit of my mother-in-law, whose maiden name just happened to be O’Brien. Add to the mix a son-in-law who was proud...

read more

Co-Addiction: How Did it Come to This?

Do you find yourself asking the question, how did I get here? If, like me, you thought you had all the answers to help a loved one face their shortcomings is one of the ways you got there. When we bring ourselves down trying to lift someone up, is the classical...

read more

Repeating the 12 Steps

Repetition is a critical component of recovery. As we close out Black History Month, I am reposting the insights of Martin Luther King, Jr. (in blue print) and the correlation his wisdom has with the 12 Steps. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives...

read more

Following Footsteps to Hope

What holds us back from believing in ourselves? Is it fear of failure, or are we afraid success would challenge us to do more—to be more? With no thought of failure, fearless waves rush in and embrace the shore. In a swish, the sandy sea continues out to an endless...

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Names that Count

  Today, we wrap up the third annual National Codependency Awareness Month. We began the first day of 2017 recalling names and labels we had allowed others to stick on us. Looking back, I realize I am just as guilty because there were many uncomplimentary names I...

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Make it a Serenity Day

Nothing to fix? No one to help? Feeling bored? Don’t want to—or you never learned how to simply sit and soak in the stillness? If you need hype and drama to fuel your day, you may want to slow down and revisit the Steps. Next, peel the layers of denial away until you...

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Higher Power’s Power

First step - - - admit.   Twelfth Step - - -  practice, practice, practice. I'm not a religious person by any means. But I certainly believe in some kind of a higher power and something looking out for me. I've definitely had angels that have either guided me or...

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In Love or in Need, Do you Know the Difference?

How needy are you? It all depends on how badly you want to fix, control, and enable the love of your life. For some, a significant other with severe neediness issues is a relationship breaker. For others, the needier person is a keeper. So ask yourself, who really is...

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