Inspired by the book "A Place Called Self" The dictionary defines recovery as a reclaiming or "return" of something lost. According to this definition, a person recovering from addiction is reclaiming the health, sanity and well-being that may have existed before he or she became addicted. But that is not quite right. Recovery is more … Continue reading Redefining Recovery
I just received my first email from a fellow woman in recovery via my blog. We met on Instagram and she reached out to me after reading some of my posts. OMG! YEAH!! (insert jumping girl here!). I am so so so thrilled. For 80+ years, the "secret" of recovery has stayed in the rooms … Continue reading ONLINE SPONSORING? HELL,YEAH!!!
I had a super interesting experience last night. As part of my recovery, I chair an AA meeting on Wednesday nights. It's a great experience because I get to be of service to others, but it's also a humbling experience, because I realize how immense and beautiful the process of recovery is. It shows me … Continue reading Is sobriety about not drinking?
Breaking the f**king stigma of Alcoholism, once and for all. There is something terrifying about the words alcoholic, alcoholism, or even in recovery. Not for me, for others around me. Every time I say "I am an alcoholic", or a "I am a recovered alcoholic", or even "I am sober", there is a beat of silence … Continue reading Stepping out of Anonymity.
This is me today. While I look somewhat put together, don't be fooled. I am a good ole' alcoholic of the garden variety. The only difference between me and the "drunkies" swigging brown baggies under a bridge is... well, none. Perhaps just that I have gotten plugged into a solution, and recovered. And they haven't. Hopefully, one … Continue reading “Hi. I am Pamela and I am an Alcoholic.”