2nd Edition of Saturation: A Memoir

I am currently revising the 1st edition of my memoir, Saturation. I have created a new blog where I will share portions of the updated version. My new goal is to republish the book by end of 2022. You will find snippets of the 2nd edition here: https://wordpress.com/view/buildwithwords.com I am also editing a short storyContinue reading “2nd Edition of Saturation: A Memoir”

I Shit You Not.

It’s true. Not one addicted person that I’ve ever known, and I’ve known a lot of addicts, has ever consciously and purposefully tried to destroy their relationships with friends, families, partners, their careers, their driving privileges, their home environment situations, or their health. AND… If those same people could have just one wish, the majorityContinue reading “I Shit You Not.”

Which Addict is Immune from Seizures?

Not a fucking one of us. But for the record, here is a short list of some of the causes: Genetic changes that run in families Trauma or injury to head Medical conditions that affect the brain, for example, brain tumor or stroke Infectious diseases of the brain such as meningitis Damage or injury toContinue reading “Which Addict is Immune from Seizures?”

A Conversation …

“It wasn’t my choice to drink.” “But you did it anyway?” “Yeah.” “Well, whose choice choice was it?” “Mine. But I didn’t want to do it.” “That doesn’t seem to have anything to do with anything – does it?” “What? Not wanting to drink”” “Yes, because you went right ahead and did it anyway, didn’tContinue reading “A Conversation …”

For Those New To Sobriety~

Here’s a little something to shine the light on… I think many of us have these worn down mental pathways of thinking that reinforce ugly feelings. And once we feel these ugly feelings – they – in turn – reinforce the ugly thoughts. And we go ’round and ’round in ugly circles. What might beContinue reading “For Those New To Sobriety~”

Here Is The Big Announcement And It’s Not What You’re Thinking.

I am accepting applications for a reader/writing coach. I am NOT looking for an editor. I’ll get to that later. Right now, I am looking to hire someone to read my book, the 1st edition, and tell me what you THINK about the story – regardless what you think I might want to hear. TheContinue reading “Here Is The Big Announcement And It’s Not What You’re Thinking.”

What’s So Bad About Rehab?

That’s right – going to rehab raises a plethora of fears. Like: Breaking old routines. Time away from family. Loss of relationship/s (this could turn out to be a good thing in some cases). Fear of getting to know yourself and what that implies. Rehab isn’t cheap. The food isn’t always spectacular. Unless you’re veryContinue reading “What’s So Bad About Rehab?”

The Perks Of Going To Residential Treatment (AKA Rehab).

You learn things about addiction that you might not otherwise learn. Loads of other addicts become your new friends (AKA people that can relate to you). You can cry in public and folks actually expect this. There’s always plenty of toilet paper. You’ll probably get to do art. You’ll lose weight (whether you intend toContinue reading “The Perks Of Going To Residential Treatment (AKA Rehab).”

Oh, SNAP. In Sobriety, I’ve Discovered A New Addiction To Multiple Things.

What-O-What am I supposed to do now that I’ve acknowledged my new addiction to kindness, hand holding, soft kisses, Mochas, helpful intentions, honesty, smiles, children laughing, babies smiling, warm covers, and good milk chocolate? Hm. Maybe Life’s just not so bad after all …

Does Anyone Identify With This?

I don’t. When alcoholics. or addicts, are in the throes of detox and trying to get sober/clean – it’s nearly impossible for us to identify with a sober person dealing with us. It’s hard enough for folks to identify with one another when everyone involved is sober. But when one in the party of twoContinue reading “Does Anyone Identify With This?”

What Speaks To Your Heart?

Sometimes, I remind folks that when we decide to get sober and leave our drug of choice behind, essentially – we’re breaking up with it. My relationship was with alcohol and drinking it. Alcohol was always there for me – as long as I had the $$$ to buy it. I knew where to findContinue reading “What Speaks To Your Heart?”

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