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Peeling the Onion

Peeling the Onion

Peeling the onion is one of the many phrases, slogans, and concepts in recovery. It is an appropriate comparison that makes sense to me… think of those thin almost translucent layers that suddenly are ready to slide off and be shed, released. Almost imperceptible to the whole but one layer closer to the core, to the center.

Five Effective Ways to Move through Emotional Overwhelm

Five Effective Ways to Move through Emotional Overwhelm

It happens to all of us at some point in recovery: Life feels overwhelming. And for whatever reason, in that moment, we experience the “urge.”
We are human, after all, so beating ourselves up for momentarily considering reverting to an old behavior (drinking, using, gambling, etc.) is never effective. It is neither bad nor wrong to have these feelings or urges; what matters is how we choose to navigate the challenge.

Don’t Make A Decision – Make Dozens Daily

Don’t Make A Decision – Make Dozens Daily

By default or design – that is the way one of my teachers explains how I experience each and every day. I get it. Consciously deciding daily (at least once, often frequently) to re-up my commitment to my sobriety, to myself, and to my higher power nature. That is the only way I get to design the experience I want in my sobriety, in the way I relate to people, places, and things, and to life itself. Otherwise I may default to my prior, less skillful ways of behaving and interacting.