Way too often, people claim that shame, or confrontational interventions, can be a helpful situational tool in incentivizing lasting sobriety. I absolutely cannot speak for everyone else’s experience and do not want to discount anything that has worked for others, but shame never did anything positive for me. Here are three reasons I believe that… Continue reading Three Reasons Shame Doesn’t Manufacture Recovery
My natural inclination is to feel so embarrassed and full of shame whenever I have to say I cannot do something that everyone else (non-addicts) can do as a “normal” part of their day. It is really hard to turn down an invitation to see a movie, for example, that I know will include scenes… Continue reading No Shame In Doing The Right Thing
In the world of Science, a “Black Box” is a system, device, or object in which you can observe inputs and outputs but cannot see what is happening inside. For me, as an addict, my addiction feels like a “Black Box” too (I can see what is going in and see what is coming out… Continue reading The Black Box Problem
When I talk about my “program of recovery” I am talking about the tools that I use on a regular basis to remind me that I am in recovery and to make sobriety possible for me. My program of recovery includes (but is not limited to): Keeping my 24-hour token in my wallet so that… Continue reading Recovery: Will I Choose “Clown College” or Continuing Ed?
So often, as an addict, I fall into a pit of despair and tell myself that: I am not good enough nobody loves me the people who say that they love me don’t really love me anyone could do my job better than I do it I will never get better. At other times I… Continue reading Don’t Feed The Beast
Writing Your Own Best Story: Addiction and Living Hope by Joshua B. Hoe
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