Category: addiction

I think I have a problem with drinking

I get this a lot. From friends, family, friends of friends, co-workers, people who read my blog and write me to share their stories.  People say, “I don’t know how to start this so I guess I’ll just say, I think I have a problem with drinking”. If you were to look in my inbox... Read more »

Guns and the Definition of Insanity

I was texting with a mom recently about a play-date we are arranging and it never ever escapes me that I have this conversation now pretty regularly with other parents if we are visiting or they are visiting our home. This is not our parents playdate. Hell, our parents didn’t even know what a playdate was,... Read more »

Sometimes Darkness Spurs Hope and Gratitude

That gratitude that washes over as we walk the neighborhood at night and see the homes aglow with warmth and coziness (cozy is a privilege) and knowing I’m right where I’m meant to be. I’m not filled with longing to be in those home any longer, for I have my own place. Not just physically... Read more »
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Everything is terrible! Here is some good stuff to counter balance the horrors

I watched Patton Oswalt’s new stand up recently.  It was really good.  I cried and laughed and shook my head and marveled at how he can turn his pain and laughter through pain into something we can all relate to. Among his many gems he did a bit about “I wonder how many AA chips... Read more »

Is Alcoholism a Disease or a Choice?

I have these conversations almost daily.  Somebody is having problems with a family member or friend or themselves and so they ask me these same questions as in this recent text from a friend asking my opinion – I’m not saying everyone is the same, but the sickness is almost always the same.  And it always... Read more »

Bottle Spotting Bingo

There’s this sick game I play and maybe you do it too. It’s probably mostly alcoholics like me who can spot a bottle a mile away. Like a twisted game of booze bingo.  And then I make up stories of the people who left them there. The discarded. The self medication aftermath. Is there a reason... Read more »
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I do not ever need to know what substances anybody had in their system when they died thank you very much

Every time someone dies and there’s cause for speculation as to what they died from, I yell and scream and claw my face off. I do not ever need to know what substances anybody had in their system when they died thank you very much. This person died.  That’s all that’s important.  Can we allow... Read more »

Do You Identify as a Woman? Welcome to Your Pre-Existing Conditions

Here is a listing I found of pre-existing conditions: AIDS Alcoholism/Alcohol Abuse (within 7 years) Angioplasty Aortic Stenosis Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease Ascites (within 5 years) Bi-Polar Disorder Boecks Sarcoidosis By-pass surgery Cancer (other than skin cancer)/Malignant Melanoma² Cerebral Vascular Accident Cerebral Vascular Disease Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (if currently smoking) Chronic Pancreatitis Chronic Renal Failure... Read more »

But You Don't Look Like an Alcoholic

As I was squeezing lemons into my water this morning in the office kitchen, a co-worker laughed and asked, “are you making sangria?” I then screamed “NO I AM NOT BECAUSE I AM A RAGING ALCOHOLIC HOW DARE YOU – YOU – YOU IGNORAMUS” and ran out of the kitchen with the sting of lemon burning... Read more »
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Pacifier Addiction: Letting Go of the Paci with the Help of a Pink Build-a-Bear

Our kids just turned four (not sure if you heard). From early on, our girl favored a pacifier (paci), while our boy favored his lovey (Dida). I never really gave a rip what they used while they slept, as long as they weren’t harmful or impacting their health and growth.  All was fine according to dentists... Read more »