1,000 one day at a times

Not long ago I passed a milestone: 1,000 days sober. I’m proud of that accomplishment. Best 1,000 days of my life. By a long shot. At the same time, I still feel like I’m a baby in sobriety. I spent more than 8,000 in active alcoholism. That’s sobering. My 1,000 days is a small fraction […]

The Real Issue With Addiction

Drugs and alcohol are not my problem, reality is my problem, drugs and alcohol are my solution. —Russell Brand For normal person, the issues of addiction seems obvious. The substance is the problem. Get rid of the substance and you resolve the problem. There is some truth in that for the addict. But an addict […]

Philip Seymour Hoffman: Another Body on The Road to Recovery

This week the news has been filled with commentaries on the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. The Oscar winning actor was found dead in his apartment with a needle sticking out of his arm. Another casualty of addiction. The picture that has emerged is of a life full of talent and accomplishment gone wrong after […]

Smart Feet

My life was infinitely more complex when I was drinking. Everything was more complicated. Even simple things were complicated by drinking. Drinking makes everything ten times more complicated than it needs to be. Sober life has made life simple. Not easy. I still have hard work to do. But it is simple. I was thinking […]

The Power of The Circle

My AA home group is a 7am meeting in a local church that meets Monday-Friday. I’m generally there 2-3 times a week. In the summer, when my kids are out of school, or around holidays and other times when mornings are less hectic, I’m there every day. I’m often late. I’m a creature of habit. […]

My AA Program After a Couple of Sober Years

With a couple of years of sobriety under my belt I continue to make progress. Here’s what my AA program looks like today: Don’t Drink Under Any Circumstances This one probably seems blatantly obvious. Especially for someone with a few years of sobriety. It is obvious: don’t drink. Ever. But I think it is of […]

Giving Time Time

When I first walked into AA, I was a broken person. After 24 years of alcoholic drinking, my body was broken, my spirit was crushed, I was emotionally dysfunctional, and my mind was in a fog. I just wanted to be “fixed.” I was ready to surrender and stop the struggle. Sobriety “fixed” some things […]