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Audio: How to Have Better Boundaries

New podcast for my weekly sober podcast series. You’re familiar with the one-minute audios. These are longer, meatier. This one talks about setting boundaries. Turns out, we care so much that other people like us, that we don’t care if we like ourselves… Don’t feel bad. As a group, we suck at having good boundaries. […]

How can I help the caregiver?

This post is dedicated to a commenter named “Unknown”. I understand how torn you are about what to do about your parents. Your father is wasting away from the booze and your mother is wasting away from the stress of taking care of him. Show More Summary

Waiting for the Great Pumpkin of Recovery?

It’s that time of year, when Charlie Brown (the cartoon Everyman with the posthumous staying power of Elvis) waits for the Great Pumpkin to arrive. I’ve been feeling that way myself lately. As if staying up late in a pumpkin patch and looking skyward, will bring somebody on the wind to fix things. Show More Summary

Where'd she go??

Someone sent me an e-mail asking if Riley had died. The person was concerned because I had not posted in quite a while. The answer is – NO Riley is not dead. He is still the Immortal Alcoholic. The reality of life is that sometimes we...Show More Summary

Pumpkin Toffee Caramel Parfait A Lovely Fall Dessert Recipe

Autumn is officially upon us which means cozy sweaters and fall desserts. Yes, I’m fixated lately on Fall desserts but when else do I use lovely ingredients like pumpkin? When it comes to desserts, I can’t seem to resist ooey-gooey-good caramel. Show More Summary

Recovery Time Management – Am I Really THAT Busy?

My young friend Ellie asked me if I was still going to help people get sober. She said my new blog format was so professional looking, she thought I was getting out of the booze-busting business.  Actually she didn’t use the term “booze-busting”. Show More Summary

DIY Blueberry Salt Scrub

Today’s article is brought to us from the DIY cabinet of Stacie from the lifestyle blog, Simply Stacie who is our guru for DIY beauty projects. I love when Stacie comes to me with ideas and am super excited that she is sharing her DIY Blueberry Salt Scrub today here on Show More Summary

Monday Celebration Roundup

Happy Day 50 to Sings! Happy Day 50 to AmandaJ! Happy Day 50 to Mrs. T! Happy Day 50 to SDBKatz! Happy Day 50 to Guinea Pig! Happy Day 50 to Chia! Happy Day 50 to Wren1450! Happy Day 50 to Julianne! Happy Day 50 to Gene! Happy Day 50 to cjback! Happy Day 50 […]

The Remarkable, Rubberlike Resilience of the Alcoholic

I saw the movie “The Girl on the Train” twice last week. I had read the book – it was a gift from my dear friend Nick, who is not alive anymore to give me gifts, so it has special meaning. Special meaning too, as the main character is a female alcoholic. It would be […] The post The Remarkable, Rubberlike Resilience of the Alcoholic appeared first on Waking Up The Ghost.

fancy food treats (thank you )

returned to the expensive catering take-out places, for more food research … my ideas: it’s very expensive, which works for that one neighbourhood, but it is still on the very top end of acceptable in terms of expense (and might even be OVER that threshold), the food is homemade and fresh, it is very very […]


originally sent this out as today’s micro-email, but i am (surprisingly) getting a lot of responses, so i’m going to re-post it here, so i can share the responses with you.    from me: when our brain is overwhelmed, the short answer to “is this forever” is to say: do it for now. for some fixed length […]

Audio: Q&A Part 4 – how do you ‘quit’ on day 1 and make it stick?

Last week I recorded a quite long question-and-answer live broadcast for my weekly sober podcast series. You’re familiar with the one-minute audios. These are longer, meatier. Part 4 of the Q&A call (episode #162) covers this question: ~ How do you actually ‘quit’ on day 1, and stay sober, and make it stick? Like, how […]

Sigh – As Autumn Leaves Fall I’m SAD…

Winds in the east, mist coming in,  Like somethin’ is brewin’ and bout to begin.  Can’t put me finger on what lies in store,  But I fear what’s to happen all happened before…    I don’t actually have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Show More Summary

Alcohol and Injuries: Together Like Bread and Butter

“It’s not that tall,” Josh thought. “I can jump it. Easy.” An hour later, Josh was in the ER getting treated for burns thanks to a drunken attempt at leaping over a raging bonfire. When you’ve had a few drinks, your inhibitions decrease and you are more likely to try risky behaviors. And guess what...

I Was Walking Down the Street Sober…

I was walking with a friend of mine after work last night. He’s in recovery too – about the same length of time as me. We have both been sober long enough to have gotten past the acute, cravings stage, but recent enough to remember what it was like to have them.   If you […] The post I Was Walking Down the Street Sober… appeared first on Waking Up The Ghost.

it’s time now.

if what you’ve been trying isn’t working, you might find that you do better with more support, more tools. being sober is not about willpower. it’s not about declaring that this is (really and totally) your last day 1 ever. being sober is about doing something different(ly). It’s not try harder, it’s try different. that […]

Went to an AA meeting

What?! Yes! I went to an AA meeting today. Not sure why. Possibly because I feel another rock-bottom coming up and I don’t want to do stuff alone anymore. Meeting people who have travelled the same road was good.???? I … Continue readi...

salmon, oven dried tomatoes, beet salad, fancy water, and desserts

saturday night, instead of cooking, treat. this is the view from the worktable in the office. Thanks to the Tiny Gift Button

Audio: Q&A Part 3 – moderation / looking forward / family pressure (episode sp161)

Last week I recorded a quite long question-and-answer live broadcast for my weekly sober podcast series. You’re familiar with the one-minute audios. These are longer, meatier. Part 3 of the Q&A call (episode #161) covers these three questions: ~ How to talk to people who say that they want to learn to moderate … ~ […]

Powerfull add about addiction

This video came to my attention on the internet. I thought you would like to see it too. So simple but it blew me away. Louise Delage is an Instagram personality (if one can be such a ‘thing’) and she … Continue reading ?

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