Veterans Day 2019

November 11, a day set apart to respect all military men and women who served to keep us free. A day to affirm their sacrifice and pray for those who suffer from PTSD and seek consolation in drugs and alcohol. According to Addictioncenter.com, "Many men and women who...

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...

The Addicts Pain … The Co-addicts Pain

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, but are you Aware that addiction begins with pain—and ends in even more pain? Are you Aware of where your pain originated? Are you willing to work at relieving the pain in a healthy way? As a recovering codependent, I have to remind...

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“Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow”!

Another weekend, and for many it’s another excuse to drink all day and into the night. However, this weekend can be different. There is help for today, and hope for tomorrow. It’s all up to you! April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and the first weekend, April 5-7, 2019,...

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Friday – Party- Hardy

For most codependents the weekend is not something we look forward too. For many of us, it means dressing in our "defensive controlling mode." Our gut tells us the addict is always in control, but denial tells us to ignore our instincts. We try to change our loved...

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You’ve Got This! When . . .

No if, ands, or buts about it! We cannot work the 12-Steps for anyone else! We have to walk our own Steps to recovery and allow others the dignity to step up for themselves. How many times have we stifled our personal growth to help another? Helping is not a bad...

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Powerless but not Hope-less!

There is always Hope. One Step at a Time. Step Two, The light behind the clouds. Step Three, Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine! In Me. In You! “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret...

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Easy for You to Say – – –

- - - but oh, not so easy to do! DETACH WITH LOVE. We hear it at meetings, from sponsors, friends, relatives, but until we are confronted with an in-my-face crisis, we cannot assume to know what someone else is going through. When it comes to "letting go and " of a...

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NATIONAL CODEPENDENCY AWARENESS MONTH – Day 31

January 2019 NCAM draws to an end. With the help of the 12-Steps, my goal was and is to reclaim the wholeness of who I am - the goodness of who we all are. Following the principles of the Steps gives me the will to spread the word so others will heal. Another healing...

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NCAM – Day 30

There is a better way of living. And it begins with the First Step. I pray you have the courage to stand up and take that step. It begins with you. Have you come to the place where you are ready to admit you are powerless? Besides finding physical nourishment, there...

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NCAM-Day 29

Remember yesterday’s post? Well, I'm here to tell you after years of accepting blame, shame, and guilt the untrue negative message we tell ourselves won't go away in one day. What will help us move forward is being involved in 12-Step support groups, having a...

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