Depressed, Addicted, Homeless

Sure, we all have our down days—our feeling kind of blue days, but when the days linger into weeks and weeks into months we may have a problem. Without professional help, many seek relief with a temporary fix called alcohol or drugs. Sadly, this not-so-quick fix can...

Addiction is a Disease

Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness, understanding of mental, and substance use disorders, and celebrate the people who recover. The 2019 theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger. This, the 30th Anniversary of...

Thanks, I Needed That!

My cousin, Mickey, assured me, "God wants you to be a caring person, Diane, but He's not calling you to be a doormat." Mickey's honest statement was my, "Thanks I needed that!" moment. It got me thinking, Am I that fixated on trying to change the alcohol abuser in my...

And Yet Another Year – – –

Another loss. For those who have lost loved ones to drug overdose, I have no words. Only hugs and love and ears to listen. What else do we have to offer but a listening heart and caring spirit? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGv_jFhHnJQ Thousands of people die each...

Following the Steps to True Freedom

True freedom comes from knowing yourself. Ever consider the 12 Steps may just be the way to begin your journey within? I pray you're willing to take that first step to inner peace and freedom. Don't discount yourself. You're worth the effort! "Then you will know the...

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Addicted to Caring or Controlling

Do you know the difference? The challenge is to strike a healthy balance between compassionate caring and compulsive controlling. Keep life manageable, stay in Step. Beginning with Step 1, Fess up! Admit! Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that...

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Denial or Selective Hearing

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month. The theme for 2019 is, "Communication Across the Lifespan" (ASHA American Speech-Language-Hearing Association). This information interests me because at nine months of age I underwent a mastoidectomy behind my left ear. Over the...

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Manic Mind to Thankful Thoughts

Living with someone who was not working a12-Step program---those were my anxiety-training years. One of the lessons I tried to master during this frantic-fitness training was to control my wild thoughts as I waited for the police to call and tell me my alcohol abuser...

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Decisions, Decisions

Do I really need to go? Have to go? Maybe I should just stay home and watch Law and Order reruns. It's your life, live it to the fullest. Take the first Step and Go! Life Recovery@North Creek - Monday evening, 7PM - 8PM, North Creek Presbyterian Church, 4601 NW 71st...

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Need a 12-Step Group?

As of January 2018, there were more than 61,000 Alcoholics Anonymous groups in the United States. Worldwide, the number is over 68,000, with a total of 2,000,000 plus members "working the Steps." https://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/smf-53_en.pdf Back in 1935, however, I...

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Step 12- Carry the Message

Alcohol Awareness Month is a public health program organized by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence as a way of increasing outreach and education regarding the dangers of alcoholism and issues related to alcohol. The program was started in April...

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