The Embodiment of Recovery

The Embodiment of Recovery

Earlier this month I celebrated thirty-two years’ sobriety. For the uninitiated that means eleven thousand six hundred and eighty continuous days without alcohol. Of any kind. That’s what surprises most people. “Not even a sip?” Nope. No sherry trifle. No Bailey’s...

AA Anxiety

This morning I baulked at the door of an AA meeting. As I hurried home through the early dawn light I thought to myself “If I can baulk at the door with a few weeks short of twenty-five years of sobriety under my belt, how must it be for the newcomer? Or the...

Gratitude and Trust

Gratitude and Trust is the name of a new book written by Tracey Jackson and Paul Williams, featured on a recent SuperSoulSunday interview with Oprah Winfrey. Paul has been in recovery for twenty-four years and together with writer Tracey, have gone back...

Harm Reduction or Abstinence?

Back when I was training in the challenging arena of addiction in Los Angeles in the eighties, with pretty much every chemical known to man available if you knew where to go, and an abundance of cocaine, marijuana and alcohol on virtually every street corner, the...