Because sitting at home in isolation today, I know that I could fall into the temptation of substance bliss all over again. And unfortunately, if I can feel that temptation, I know that there are hundreds (probably thousands) of people that are experiencing that temptation too. And I know that there are hundreds (probably thousands) of young people that may be learning the power of alcohol or other substances during this time of isolation. Getting lost in whatever brief euphoria they can manufacture in attempts to numb the pain and release anger and frustration.
#RecoverLent – Telling the Truth and Making Amends
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins…” Like a tornado, I stormed through life, leaving behind total destruction. Broken relationships, fractured friendships, severed connections…. As overdramatic as that sounds, part of me wonders if it isn’t dramatic enough. When... Continue Reading →
#RecoverLent – Vulnerability and Ash Wednesday
Six months into my sobriety, there was a moment that rocked me. It may have been the moment I came closest to drinking again. But being broken and sharing vulnerably saved my life.
A letter to (the recovering alcoholic) myself,
A letter to (the recovering alcoholic) myself, I write this letter to you because some days are not so easy in this journey of recovery. And sometimes just being able to hear that someone else is going or has gone through that can be enough to get me through the day. So, if this helps,... Continue Reading →
The Church is not a Sanctuary for an Alcoholic
Even if an alcoholic in recovery is completely transparent about their recovery, no setting can be described as safe. And I know this because I feel that my recovery has been threatened in the church.