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...

Challenging assumptions

Johann Hari’s book Chasing the Scream came highly recommended and I’m working my way through, skipping or skimming the overwhelmingly triggering parts (at least, when I can catch them in time). It’s an enormously thought provoking read. As...

Pavlov and staying sober

Early in my work with recovering people, we spent a lot of time figuring out what ‘triggered’ them to drink or use other drugs. It was important they know this, both to move towards quitting, and once abstinent, to stay that way. The Matrix...