We are people who fear making commitments to ourselves. We have been disappointed so often that we came to see it as acceptable to let ourselves down.
I’ve come to understand that control is fear-based and more importantly, largely an illusion. On my good days, the only thing I’m in charge of is myself. On my great days, I’m not in control of me – my Higher Power is. I surrender on a daily basis – asking my Higher Power to work through me to give and receive.
How to Stop Hating the Holidays
The holidays are once again upon us. It’s time to dread upcoming visits with family members, bemoan our financial insecurity, and look forward to the coming New Year with unbridled panic: ‘Tis the season to be incredibly stressed out. It’s Sad not S.A.D. Depending on your geography, this is
Never Face Fear Alone
Recovery is a lifelong process designed to promote health, manageability, and sustainability. Yet there are times when we have to do things we’re not ready to do because life circumstances demand it. Like a recovering heroin addict who has to take pain medication following a major surgery or having to take a job that isn’t conducive to your recovery because the bills must be paid.
Identity As a Choice
In today’s LIVESTREAM, Jim will explore strategies for rebuilding our identities as people in recovery. It drives him a bit crazy when folks say they’re, “trying to find themselves.” Let’s explore pragmatic ways to achieve an integrated sense of self.
Happiness Is a Lousy Pursuit
Jim explores why happiness is a lost goal. Let’s explore better goals and attaining dreams.
The Emotional Rollercoaster
Jim explores the emotional rollercoasters that are often a significant challenge in recovery. Let’s identify strategies for making the highs more sustainable and the lows less frequent.
Why Getting Better Doesn’t Feel Good
Jim explores some of the disillusionment that comes with recovery and why getting better doesn’t always make us feel better.
Taoism and Recovery
One of the many joys of having an addictive personality is chronically doing too much. It’s way too easy for me – everything in my life is really great stuff. All of my problems are good problems. On mornings like this one, my head is spinning in an effort to gauge what it is I should be doing right now.
Dealing with Cravings & Compulsions
Cravings are common and occur frequently in early recovery. Even with long-term abstinence, we sometimes find ourselves obsessing over a compulsion to use. Jim explores relapse prevention and strategies.