Grief

What A Perfect Excuse To Get Wasted!

A young woman I knew killed herself last year. The details don’t matter, but for the sake of anyone dealing with depression in themselves or a family member, I will mention that she had gone off her meds and was drinking. That’s not why I’m writing, though. The anniversary is coming up two weeks from Saturday, and …

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Denial Ain’t A River In Africa

One of the most interesting – and potentially deadly – things about addictive disease is the denial. There’s a saying around the 12-step rooms (and around detox units and treatment centers) that addiction is the disease that tells you that you don’t have it. Denial has a variety of disguises, [Read more…]

There Are Bad Drugs and Good Drugs, And You Probably Aren’t Qualified To Decide Which Is Which

This Memorial Day and all those following will have a special meaning for us.  The 29th of May marked the one-year anniversary of our granddaughter’s suicide. The death of a beautiful 19-year-old is always tragic.  Cadi’s was especially so, because it almost certainly didn’t have to happen.  She suffered from profound depression, had gone off her …

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Adversity Is Never A Reason For Using Drugs, But It’s A Great Excuse!

Sometimes we may feel as though we want to use alcohol or drugs, even after we’ve been through detox, treatment, and have some time clean and sober.  Thinking like an addict is a great way to let our addiction take control all over again, and crying in our beer is a tradition for alcoholics. As I …

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