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Recovery

To The Women

In January 2013, I had the experience of traveling to India with almost around 90 women.  We were there to share the message of Recovery from alcoholism and addiction.  The following essay was written in the middle of the night on a train trip from Chennai...

Thoughts in Recovery & Addiction

Addiction and for me alcoholism, is something that’s been in my family for generations. It’s not something I’d ever paid attention to before. It wasn’t something that I knew about or thought about or even realised I could get in or out of. I was pretty much walking in...

I’ll be better when …

Have you ever felt like you have a “something” shaped hole in your life? Like there’s something missing but you just can’t quite put your finger on it? And, somehow you seem to know that that something is the secret ingredient that you absolutely need to have, do or...

So you love an alcoholic or an addict. Now what?

You’ve been putting up with crazy, unrelenting bad behaviour for weeks, months or years now. The person you love is unreasonable, irrational, completely self-centred and self-absorbed a lot of the time. They’re a mess emotionally and physically. But sometimes, every...

More on alcoholism

The Third Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous states that the “only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking”.  Let’s take a look at that word desire for a few moments. It all starts with a desire.  A desire to be different, to be changed,...

Freedom Fighters Do Cry

The last time I cried was this morning at 8:25.  Not sad tears but joyful tears. As the plane touched down beside the azure blue sea in Sydney I thought to myself how grateful I am. How grateful I am for my freedom and choice and life and courage and spirituality...

More thoughts on Recovery & Addiction

As people in Recovery we have faced considerable truths about ourselves and we have done something about it. The quest for sobriety is a beautiful opportunity to make en enduring impact in our own lives and the lives of those around us.  For some, those first few...

Russell Brand on heroin, abstinence and addiction

This post is a complete copy of an article I read by Russell Brand. I loved it so much I've reposted here. The only way to help addicts is to treat them, not as bad people but as sick people. The last time I thought about taking heroin was yesterday. I had received...

I would like a double helping of authenticity and make it snappy

I was talking to my friend Sue the other day.  When I mentioned authenticity Sue made a weird noise like pffftt and said “f*ck authenticity”.  This micro explosion of Sue’s got me to thinking. There’s always lots of talk around about love and spirituality...

Random Writing

Freedom, faith and music

For few short days in October 2015, I spent some time overlooking the eclectic scenery that is the Boardwalk Venice Beach, California. The soulful strains of “rock meet RnB” drifting effortlessly through the open window got me to thinking about the connection to...

Not another f*cking Life Coach!

You know how when you go to talk about something you’re about to do like leave your job and start out as lone ranger life coach in an internet sea of lone ranger life coaches and then someone asks you a question about it and in your head you’re all  “HOW THE F*CK...

Leaving Vancouver

On a train once again.  Leaving Vancouver feels right. I have been and seen and am ready for the next part of the adventure. I’ve learned much, felt much, been much.  Being in the company of others who are like me in many ways was terrifying and exciting all at...