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Month: May 2017

Step 5: Sharing Our Life Story

Step 5: Sharing Our Life Story

A 12-step program is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems. I will share my experiences with each step as a resource for newcomers to the program. It is HIGHLY ADVISABLE that you work through the steps with a sponsor! Step 5 reads: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. The fourth step, creating our inventory, follows directly into the fifth step. Simply…

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One Bite At A Time - Part Three

The Tussinauts: My Journey With Cough Syrup

One Bite At A Time - Part Three

The Tussinauts: My Journey With Cough Syrup

A teacher once asked “How do you eat an elephant?” After getting answers like “KC Masterpiece” and “very slowly”, he answered with “One bite at a time”.  I will share my story one ‘bite’ at a time. ‘Am I A Real Alcoholic?’ is the third installment of the One Bite at a Time Series.   One of the first mind-altering drugs that I experimented with was cough syrup. Not just any cough syrup. It had to be the kind with dextromethorphan hydrobromide,…

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Taoism in Recovery

Taoism in Recovery

Taoism and recovery from addiction are like peas in a pod. When I began doing the 12 steps with my sponsor, I became fixated on the idea that I needed to define my higher power in order to believe in it. The closest thing that I have found to a higher power that I can really get behind is the Tao.  Many years ago in college, I read some books on Taoism, but it didn’t really sync in until I began the…

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Refuge Recovery

Refuge Recovery

Here is my first suggestion for those interested in recovery from addiction and Buddhism. It’s a recovery community called Refuge Recovery: http://www.refugerecovery.org/ This is from the About section of the website: Refuge Recovery: Is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. Drawing inspiration from the core teachings of the Four Noble Truths, emphasis is placed on both knowledge and empathy as a means for overcoming addiction and its causes. Those…

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