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dear alcohol: you lied to me

from my inbox email from TickleMeShelmo (day 26): “Dear alcohol, Firstly, this is the hardest decision I’ve ever made, but make it I must. It’s over. We are finished. For years I thought we were amazing together. Life with you made the world seem more colourful. You made me feel whole, feel important and feel […]

Am I an alcoholic?

I was made aware of this blogpost from Laura McKowen. It is great. Please have a read, please all share. I dream for this to be the number 1 article that pops up when somebody, somewhere in the world googles … Continue reading ?

Have I Forgotten What It’s Like to be New to Sobriety?

I was walking with someone new to recovery this week. My mother gave me a pink canister of pepper spray for Easter, so I feel safer early morning Grand Rapids. We start out at dawn and some of the back streets are dark.   Bitter Pill...Show More Summary

Will a Killer Hangover Delay Your Next Drink? (Hint: Probably Not)

Headache. Dizziness. Nausea. Fatigue. Hangovers are the absolute worst. Many of us have been there – and even vowed to ourselves we’d never drink again. But even if we wholeheartedly believe the promise when we make it, do our hangovers actually influence the time to the next drink? A recent study tackled this question…and the...

It’s a Sign From Above to Quit Drinking (or Duck)!

It’s spring in Michigan and I work in one of those old buildings that have trouble shifting from winter steam heat to AC. And it’s been so gorgeous outside, that natural air is what I’m after. So, I tried to open my office window.  But,...Show More Summary

Day 975

I used a calculator to find out what day I have in this new life of me. Day 975, 2 years and 8 months and 1 day ago I finished this book ‘Kicking the drink easily’ by Jason Vale and … Continue reading ?

Essential Oils to Ease Recovery from Addiction

Today in my 7th year of sobriety, I am looking back remembering how very difficult the early days of recovering from alcoholism or addictions can be. In the early days there are many discomforts that one experiences…and I had to share how essential oils may help to ease these. Show More Summary

024. Worth It

Sometimes, when you’re trying to quit drinking, the voice in your head can get really loud. So I send out free one minute audio messages of encouragement (and ass-kicking) to anyone who wants them. This is a transcript of One Minute Message #024. 024. Worth It I’d like to go into your head for just a […]

Thank God for Progress

One of the things that is talked about a lot in the rooms of recovery is that we need to strive for progress, not perfection. It’s not about becoming the perfect ideal of ourselves that should be our goal, instead, it’s just that we continue to get better over time. Whatever that “better” means to … Continue reading Thank God for Progress

Unite to Face Addiction Michigan and a BUSY Spring

It feels weird to write this, but it’s been a busy spring and an extremely busy me. Weird, because for quite a few years I woke with nothing on my plate but an empty day. Mind you, for that period of time I had nothing to do but decide which island in the Exumas to visit. […] The post Unite to Face Addiction Michigan and a BUSY Spring appeared first on Waking Up The Ghost.

broadcasting online now (3:16 pm Eastern time, saturday). right now.

ONLINE RADIO (no kidding) it’s saturday. every so often i do a live online radio broadcast. I change the times and days of the week to hopefully rotate through the timezones so that everyone hear it live on occasion. And today, I will be broadcasting live in about 4 minutes. Like i’ve turned on the […]

Friday Celebration Roundup

Happy Day 50 to TimShel Happy Day 50 to MsM! Happy Day 50 to Julianne! Happy Day 50 to AverageJoe! Happy Day 50 to Toby! Happy Day 50 to Springer! Happy Day 50 to I.T.! Happy Day 50 to DMcBee! Happy Day 50 to Newg! Happy Day 50 to Brisgal! Happy Day 50 to BG! […]

Audio: “I’ll Take the Stairs”

This is Sober Podcast Episode #185 for my weekly sober podcast series. What do you say to someone, who believes that while the booze elevator may only go down, “if it does reach bottom and the elevator door won’t open, and I’m stuck there – then I’ll take the stairs.” What do you say to that? […]

Friday Celebration Roundup

Happy Day 50 to Leigh! Happy Day 50 to WineFreeMe! Happy Day 50 to NancyJo! Happy Day 50 to Sargent! Happy Day 50 to Alicat! Happy Day 50 to StayingAlive! Happy Day 100 to Dazzzor! Happy Day 100 to Mamabird! Happy Day 100 to LOL! Happy Day 100 to Raspberry! Happy Day 100 to Tewks! Happy […]

Breath of life – conference on addiction with Gabor Maté

For those of you living in the UK: TRAUMA & HEALING: AN EXPLORATION OF MENTAL ILLNESS, ADDICTION AND DISEASE WITH DR. GABOR MATÉ MAY 18TH – 19TH 2017 Trauma is not what happens to us, but what happens inside … Continue reading ?

Hey you :-)

Hey you ???? Hey you, would you like to leave a message? You, or group of you’s who just read almost all my posts, you make me curious! ???? My ‘stats are booming’ meaning that the counter of number of … Continue reading ?

What Do Taxes and Drunk Driving Have in Common? (You’d Be Surprised!)

Organizations in every state have implemented countless initiatives to reduce drunk driving. Maryland seems to have found one that works. They simply raised the sales tax on alcohol. In 2011, Maryland raised the state sales tax on alcohol from 6 percent to 9 percent. At the time, the goal was to increase revenues. The hike...

Building a Sober Nest Out of A LOT of Small Sticks…

I was walking up the stairs to my office last week and out of the landing window I saw a bird carrying a big stick. The ratio of bird to branch was so skewed, and the task so utterly fruitless, I stopped and put my bag down to watch.   Building a nest… I think it […] The post Building a Sober Nest Out of A LOT of Small Sticks… appeared first on Waking Up The Ghost.

Let’s Talk Genetics and the “Morning After”

It’s true – hangovers are just plain awful. But new research has found that those who are genetically predisposed to alcoholism may actually hold onto the painful memory of them more than the average joe. Let’s dig in… Family History Impacts How You Remember Hangovers Dr. Richard Stephens, a psychologist at Keele University, set out...

Yes Virginia, I Was a “Highly Functioning Alcoholic” (HFA)

A few years ago, I co-owned a contemporary art gallery called Spiller Vincenty in Jacksonville, Florida. I had all the trappings of success. Although the most “Vincenty” and I got out of the venture was some great art, an opening outfit...Show More Summary

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