Gratitude in Early Addiction Recovery

gratitude in early recovery

What are you grateful for today? There’s so many possible answers: To be alive, to be sober, to have your family talking to you, to see the sun shining, to feel the grass on your feet, to have the chance at a better life. Having an “attitude of gratitude” can be a pretty powerful tool in early recovery and beyond. While it will likely take some work – it requires adjusting your mindset and thought patterns – learning to be grateful can have some big benefits as you begin the road to recovery. Gratitude can help you to… Stay motivated […]

Macklemore Joins President Obama to Discuss the Dangers of Prescription Drug Abuse

President Obama has become invested in the problem With so many high-profile deaths as a result of prescription drug abuse in the news recently, it is no surprise that President Obama has become invested in the problem— after all, prescription drugs, particularly prescription painkillers, are accessible to people of all ages in the United States.  Drugs like codeine and Vicodin, both derived from similar compounds as heroin and morphine, are commonly prescribed to people who are experiencing significant levels of pain.  They are extremely effective as short-term painkillers, but they also pose significant risks: one of the most important risks […]

A Parent’s Perspective: It’s Your Choice—You Can Get Off the Rollercoaster!

We can’t control what happens to us or around us, but we can choose how we respond. A friend who learned this lesson told me she had finally figured out she needed to get off her daughter’s addiction roller coaster. Instead of riding the coaster with her daughter, she now stands on the platform and waves as her daughter goes through the ups and downs of addiction. Of course, she still loves her daughter, but that is a great illustration of her choosing how she wants to respond. She is always there for her daughter, but is not enabling her […]

Ceased Fighting Anything or Anyone

“And we have ceased fighting anything or anyone – even alcohol” pg.84. This is one of my favorite lines from the Big Book.  I suppose I love it so much because it is one of those things that I struggle with on a daily basis.  While I have experienced the freedom born of my spiritual awakening that allowed me to stop fighting alcohol, I still battle daily to practice this principle in all my affairs.  As I continue to work on this lesson, I watch it play out daily in my relationships with self, with God, with my fellows, and […]

It’s Hard to Hate Up Close

My name is Marsha Stone, and I am a person in long term recovery. I am gratefully sober and serene today, but this was not always the case. For years I was in and out of rehabilitation facilities, desperately trying to arrest my illness, all the while, hurting friends and families alike with the collateral damage associated with alcoholism. There are so many misconceptions in this country and throughout the world about what addiction means, and further about what recovery means. Many see alcoholism and addiction as an illness of the weak willed, a moral failing of some sort, and […]

Enslaved to Drugs

…“though he came to scoff, he may remain to pray.” –Big book, pg. xxxii Recently, the Austin Stone Community Church Story Team published an article written about one of BRC Recovery’s alumnus, Alex. His story, “Enslaved to Drugs”, is one which is  heard too often. Alex’s drug addiction began in high school after a string of injuries ended his possibilities for a college football career. He attempted sobriety many times, but each attempt was quickly met by relapse and mounting disappointment until eventually he checked into BRC Recovery in January 2013. While he was a resident at BRC, Alex started […]

Seconds and Inches

Metro Atlanta Recovery Residence I had an opportunity recently to attend the annual MARR (Metro Atlanta Recovery Residence) banquet just outside Atlanta, Georgia. The event is for fundraising for the scholarship fund and the theme of the evening was “A Celebration of Recovery”. With more than 800 people in attendance, the energy and love was almost palpable. The speakers for the evening were a mother/daughter, with the mother representing recovery from the Al-Anon’s perspective, and the daughter representing recovery from the alcoholic’s perspective. Their story was incredible, and allowed everyone in attendance, myself included, to be inspired and motivated to […]

Maladacious

I have heard the terms malady, spiritual malady, internal condition, untreated alcoholism, but until recently I had never heard the word “maladacious“! Even as I type, my spellcheck doesn’t recognize it. My friend, in defense of her use of the word said to me- its in urban dictionary – look it up! Restless, irritable, discontent- words and experiences and feelings common to most alcoholics and addicts. My belief and my experience show me that the illnesses of alcoholism and addiction manifest in mind, body and spirit. But how do we address these manifestations? And how can such a complicated and […]