Category: Recovery

Progress, Not Perfection

In my twenty-seven years in recovery and throughout my time in a 12 Step group, I have been struck by the number of different axioms I have heard. Axioms like: One day at a time Fake it till you make it The program works if you work it These statements have provided me with themes …

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From Addict to Mentor: A Story of Hope

The Phoenix · From Addict to Mentor: A Story of Hope Despite his gregarious, nice-guy persona, Randy Anderson was a hard case. He didn’t want to live anymore after his wife left him, so he took to using more drugs and selling them, hoping that would do him in. Good at sales and determined to …

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From Hopeless to Hope

A new year has begun, and I hear deep yearnings for hopefulness in the people I connect with in and out of the recovering communities. This has led me to reflect upon hope and what can help us both develop and maintain hope. Consider these three dimensions: Imaginative, cognitive, and supportive. My reflections upon hope …

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Making Choices and Accountability in Recovery

There are many aspects that can be helpful in moving us from addictive thinking and behavior to recovery. In this article, I would like to focus on two aspects that have become important in my recovery journey as well as in those of a number of people I know. They are: making choices and being …

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Tiny Solutions Give Homes to the Homeless

The Phoenix · Tiny Solutions Give Homes to the Homeless What does it take for people living on the streets to find a place to call home? The prevailing model in government and social service agencies for addressing homelessness is a “housing first” approach. Get the person out of the elements and into a safe …

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Self-empowerment Through Peer Recovery Support

People in long-term recovery know the drill. They have been down. They got up. And they’re staying up. With some training and supervision, they can share their experience, understanding and reassurance with others who are recovering from substance use disorder. In fact, they may be able to help others become ready and willing to seek …

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