Yob: Our Raw Heart

I have a diagnosis of PTSD. I don’t agree with the diagnosis, but I have had two highly skilled therapists confirm it.  The thing is, I’ve treated members of the armed services and first responders who had true, no kidding PTSD.  I feel that my diagnosis somehow belittles theirs, and for that reason and that […]

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My Paganism

When I was 14 years old, my parents had a party. I remember one of the guests coming up and telling me I should go for a walk because I have too much energy to just sit around. Her name was Buff, and that night began my informal training in the Art of the Wise, […]

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Is Jeff Sessions Evil?

Is Attorney General Jeff Sessions evil? Probably not. I just happened to disagree with just about everything he does, thinks, says, or writes. That doesn’t make him evil, even if it is currently fashionable to demonize people one disagrees with. Is United States drug policy evil? Absolutely! And before you think I’m about to go […]

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About that recovery…

So, about this recovery thing… When I first started this blog a year ago, I was nearing the completion of my Masters in Addiction Studies.  I figured that a graduate degree, along with 24 years of long-term recovery qualified me to make some observations about recovery.  Most of my observations were pretty critical: the cult […]

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Licensed!

Exactly 11 years ago, I began what would be the latest phase in my professional life.  Who in Recovery doesn’t want to be a counselor?  I certainly did, right from my first NA meeting in Oakland in January of 1987. Of course, I still had 5 years of alcohol-fueled meth binges in me, with ample […]

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Rats and Anthrax

One of my closest friends asked me why in the world I am engaging in the blogosphere.  His point was that I tend to be rather minimalist when it comes to social media.  Yes, I do have a Facebook account, but for the most part I check it about once a month.  I guess I […]

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RIP Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell took his own life two days ago.  I found out yesterday, the same day I turned 54. I also graduated with a Masters in Addiction Studies on Tuesday. This has been a very big week. Going back 25 years, I never could have imagined living the life that I now do.  Back then, […]

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Anger- Part I

One of the things I am wrestling with over this past week is anger.  Occasionally, I am able to express my anger in an appropriate, intelligent, and even constructive manner.  I am a firm believer that anger is an instructive emotion: a reasonable response to prevent injury or correct a wrong.  I could go more […]

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