by Joshua Hoe Last week, for my Christmas sobriety tips list, I talked about the importance of daily (and sometimes hourly) HALT inventories to my sobriety (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired). Today I want to talk about a few other inventories or lists that have really worked for me in my sobriety. Success Inventory I spend… Continue reading Tools For 2016 – Take Advantage of Inventories
by Joshua Hoe No matter how many times people say it. No matter how many times you feel it. You are not a moral failure for being an addict! You are not a moral failure for relapsing! You are morally responsible for anything bad you do in the throes of addiction, but your addiction is… Continue reading You Are Not A Moral Failure – New Tools For 2016
by Joshua Hoe Why did/do you act out? I used to just assume it was because I was a terrible, broken, and hopelessly addicted person. That I acted out because I was wrong in ways everyone else was right. But this was a dangerous double edged sword: On the one hand, yes, I was different… Continue reading Enter 2016 With New Tools: Go “CSI” on your Triggers!
by Joshua Hoe So, last week I was flying home from my vacation in Los Angeles, California. It was a really good flight, the seats were actually comfortable (we had this brand new jet with seats designed be someone who was not a torturer – rare in planes), the wireless was really good, and the… Continue reading Acceptance Is The Answer!
by Joshua Hoe I have a tough time during the holidays. I live alone, my family lives across the country from me, and most of my friends are off with their own families on Christmas Eve and Christmas. Sobriety can be a struggle for me during this week in particular. But somehow, with support, and… Continue reading Sobriety Tips for Christmas 2015
by Joshua Hoe I have been to several meetings lately that made me think about the ways that I can externalize blame. This is pretty important stuff, because when most people outside of the recovery community hear someone say “addiction is a disease” and think “just another excuse for bad behavior.” It is a tricky… Continue reading Don’t Externalize Blame or Swallow Shame
by Joshua Hoe I almost fell off my seat last night when I heard the following from Bernie Sanders during last nights Democratic Candidate debate: He said that Addiction is a “disease not a criminal activity” Hearing a Presidential candidate suggest that addiction is medical not criminal is pretty amazing. And it is not just… Continue reading Addiction Medical Not Criminal + The 2016 Presidential Race