Is Freedom a Choice?

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I attended the Integral Twelve Step Meeting at Alaska Wisdom Recovery this week and the topic was freedom. The thoughts went down so many great branches! So many that today, while those branches spread, I am going back to the roots.

This Summer Solstice weekend also marks Fathers Day and my three-year anniversary of sobriety. I have talked about transparency here quite a bit and am going to offer up some more. It is what keeps me sober and with ...

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Flipping the Switch

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In discussing the change that comes into a life in recovery we can find many common elements. People comment all the time that they went to a meeting and heard “their story”. They thought they were alone and unique but then find others stories and realizations about their lives to all too familiar. the characters may be different but the story is the same.

There are the common stories of ‘hitting bottom”. The bottom… when we come to a place that ...

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A Time for Change

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If everything in your life is perfect and as you want it, you can skip this post entirely…
Change is a topic that a lot of people touch on about now in the form of the New Year’s Resolution. A vow to stop smoking, lose weight, get fit, or somehow make some kind of a dent in their “should” list. It’s indeed interesting to look at how change really happens for people.

Everyone in recovery has a point when there came ...

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There is a starting line for the rest of your life.

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I’m calling this A Starting Line because of what I have experienced in recovery. It represents a starting line for everybody because everyone is in recovery from something. Substance or alcohol abuse, a traumatic experience as a child or an adult… I even have friends that joke about being recovering Catholics. They all have common elements.

Whether an isolated traumatic incident or a longer period of time that we have lived with certain behaviors, they all have some common elements. Shame, ...

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