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To My Client in Recovery

Wednesday, March 7, 2018,
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I hope you stay clean and sober. I may not have a crystal ball, but I do know your life will be better with sobriety. With sobriety, you have possibilities. With sobriety, you can create a life you want, maybe even the life you did not know that you wanted yet. It may surprise you. What you do not know is that I believe this and want sobriety for you probably more than you want it for yourself. It is an easy choice from my chair, and I know that you still struggle or have doubts. I know my voice is not as loud or as internalized as your addiction voice, but I will keep holding on and waiting for my opportunities. I will wait patiently and then seize the moments to point out your addiction voice and how it lies to you. I will wait patiently and seize each opportunity to infuse hope into your thought process and, at least, wedge open a space for possibility.  As I wait for these moments, I remind myself to not preach to you. I push past at least a dozen thoughts in my head knowing you will not want to hear statistics, others’ experiences or most typical recovery responses. I will wait patiently for an opportunity to challenge old beliefs. I will wait patiently to infuse hope.

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Partnering for Recovery

Friday, December 8, 2017,
Author: Ruth Riddick
Categories: Recovery
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As late summer sun slanted through the many windows of Barbara’s elegant seaside condo, Richard cued up another Shubert CD.  The afternoon stretched ahead.  We were content.  “This is what I sobered up for,” he said.  A decade later, Richard still plays honky-tonk piano and Barbara’s mezzo voice is yet coaxing our tears in lieder and show tunes.  And I, on days both good and bad, enjoy what Phil Valentine calls fulfillment in recovery.  “I’m living my right life,” I recently told a friend.  Turns out there’s life after addiction.  A life for me.  My life.  Who knew?  

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OLLIE

Saturday, July 15, 2017,
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When a fleeting little smile lit up his gray face he was a handsome dude and people would like him. To him it was random – he looked on, incredulous of kindness and display of positive regard. He couldn’t locate his role in the game of life and he became too rigid to be playful with it all. His back was stiff and his neck was thick from the chronic tension of generalized resistance. It was as though he carried a head ten times the size it really was.

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The Rehab Honeymooners

Wednesday, April 19, 2017,
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“How do you know when an alcoholic lets go? By the claw marks” – anonymous

Her dad was useless, unpleasant, and then he was gone. Her mom was judgmental, depressing, and clingy, demanding solidarity with her resentments against dad. From an early age Marianne was assigned the role of co-dependent nurturer. Essentially, she became her mother’s life partner. She moved far away to escape and never knew that she had taken her internalized mother along. She was to notice, much later, what a pain in the neck that had been.

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Better Sex Through Sober Dating—Yes You Can!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017,
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Sometimes life is full of surprises, good ones.A few weeks ago,I had a wonderful surprise.A writer for Glamour.com contacted me about an article she was working on—sober dating.Glamour interested in sober dating!I was thrilled but not surprised that the concerns of women in recovery were being discovered by mainstream women’s media.You and I always knew it was only a matter of time, and that time has come!

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Celebrating Full Recovery from Addiction PART 1: An Interview with Mindfulness...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017,
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In Part One of this interview through New Harbinger Publications, Scott Kiloby shares his personal journey of addiction, recovery and spiritual awakening.

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Stepping into your Personal Power

Wednesday, April 19, 2017,
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A challenge to stepping into your personal power, manifesting your destiny, your mission and purpose in this lifetime, is the tendency many people have to give away their power. To say yes when they mean no. Essentially, having no boundaries. Not only is this destructive in relationships, but it wastes vital life force and energy to manifest your own destiny. The lesson is to develop confidence and courage in your decisions and values instead of remaining in hiding and giving away your personal power.

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How Does the Program Really Work?

Friday, February 24, 2017,
Author: Herb Kaighan
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My previous article was “When Did Meetings Become the Program?” This article addresses my understanding and experience of how the program of recovery works.                                                                                                                         

Based on my 31 years of experience, there are many wonderful and helpful components to support the initial approach to recovery in AA:

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Three Short Stories: A Day in the Life

Thursday, December 8, 2016,
Categories: Recovery
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All year long it’s business as usual. Mom works really hard to keep the balance and peace around the house. Dad is usually in some kind of tyrannical mood when he comes home from his twelve-hour workday and has little patience for anything that hasn’t been done according to his standards. You see, he is really a brilliant man; it’s not his fault everyone around him at work and home is incompetent, really!

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Can Addiction Rehabilitation Be Holistic, Comprehensive and Practical?

Thursday, December 8, 2016,
Categories: Recovery
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As an Addictionologist, I noticed that the core issues that my patients were struggling with were occurring in these 7 vital areas.  Once I graduated from Loma Linda and subsequently UCLA’s Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship and started leading a Medical Team of Addiction Medicine Fellows, Psychiatry Residents, Medical Students and Physician Assistant Students, I found it pivotal to consistently challenge the trainees to pay attention to these 7 Vital Areas that I am going to share with you now.

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