I just celebrated a six-year anniversary. An anniversary marking six years of being free of the addiction that created so much havoc and dis-ease in my life. Six years abstinent of the chemical hooks that promised me brighter days, and led me to darker corridors. While yes, I am proud. I do take a moment … Continue reading Clean Time
Living in the Age of Anxiety Anxiety. It's almost the most common mental health complaint of young people today.For most millennials, anxiety is listed as a number one complaint among mental health concerns across America. People are anxious, unnerved, worries and conflicted. It's something that we have begun to hear of more and more over … Continue reading The Age of Anxiety
Resiliency It's a fickle thing, really. Over the past several years, thanks to Brene Brown, we have seen a peaked interest in the idea of being emotionally resilient. This general idea of focused perseverance, rooted in an emotional strength and discipline of sorts. It's something that we as humans have inherently, and it's something that … Continue reading Resilience
There's this fear when you get sober, this overwhelming fear of losing your freedom. It's easy to romanticize the lifestyle as being free, an experience of rebellion coated with substances abound. I get it. There's not a lot of other obligations to uphold when your priority is always to get high again. The vulnerability of … Continue reading An Ode to Freedom
When you're in recovery, your friends die. Your friends die, a lot. That may seem brash, or cold, or dehumanizing; But I promise it isn't. It's a truth that I came to live with, the reality. Each death, while still heartbreakingly tragic- became less and less shocking. I was growing increasingly complacent. Until, that is, … Continue reading Cody’s Miracle
Unwanted emotions. How do you deal with emotions? As emotional beings of this earth, we all are inevitably going to feel a wide range of emotions. It is arguably, one of the characteristic traits of the human condition and being a sentient being on this planet. We know and understand on a core level, that we … Continue reading Dealing with Emotions
Finding the courage to create change, instead of resisting it.
Forgive and forget, as the old saying goes. The alliteral advice, doesn't sit well with most folks. For some reason the idea of completely letting go is unsettling to most people. Why? Why are we resisting forgiveness so much in our lives? This resistance to forgive, to me, illustrates a buried resentment. To not forgive, … Continue reading Forgiveness