Thought for the day.

Good Morning! Thought for the day. We choose our clothes, our food, our home, our furniture. We choose our friends, our TV shows and the cars we drive. We choose the Christmas presents we so lovingly wrap and place under the tree. We choose the music we listen too. We choose when to get up,
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Are you being manipulated by addiction?

Those of us who struggle with addiction know one thing for sure. How to manipulate! As a child growing up in an alcoholic home, I earned my masters degree in the art of manipulation. It was my job – at least I thought it was and I took it on – to keep the peace in my
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Underdogs are a successful pack!

Today is not my best day. I’ve been achy for the past few days and up since 2 am with other flu-like symptoms. It was weird laying in bed last night. I was talking with God. I haven’t had a heart-to-heart chat with him like that in a long time! My relationship with my higher
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Shame.

I must confess. There are times I wish I could drink. At social gatherings, or on a hot sunny day. I miss rum and eggnog at Christmas, or drinking on vacations. I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. The thoughts are there, but fleeting. In recovery I learned to play the tape all the
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5 warnings signs that can lead you to RELAPSE.

Whether you’re a newly sober addict, alcoholic, or the family member of one, one thing’s for sure. If you’re going to stay healthy, you’ll need to work a program of recovery. The addict/alcoholic’s  main goal in early recovery is to stay abstinent. While the codependent’s is learning how to say no and set healthy boundaries. For
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Meet my family!

Have you ever wondered where you might be if only you’d sobered up? Getting clean and sober is never easy. But living in addiction, is hell. Throughout the years, one thing has stayed the same. Our sobriety. My husband and I went through treatment, me first, and then him, 17 years ago. The following pictures are
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Addiction. Know your enemy.

A young man crossed my path, strutting in front of me. He bumped into me with an oomph, and a dirty look. In his hand he clutched a clear plastic cup, filled to the brim with hot coffee. He didn’t spill a drop. The young man was tall and lean. His designer clothes hung on
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Has addiction torn your family apart?

Do you love someone who struggles with addiction? Learn what works when recovering from addiction. I wrote the Jagged series to help addicts and their families understand there is hope. I share through my own personal (17 years clean and sober) and clinical (I work in the field of addiction) experience, while working with hundreds of addicts and
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Can 99 cents change your life?

Starting tomorrow my books, Jagged Little Edges and Jagged Little Lies, will be on sale for 99 cents ( e books only) This is a once a year sale only. The sale will last throughout this following weekend (August 28 – Sept 2)  and then not again until this time next year. I hear from
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Cunning, baffling and patient!

I’m lucky to work in a treatment centre where I get to see first-hand what happens to addicts when they use. With a little time in, it’s easy to forget the devastation addiction caused. There are days I still wish I could use. I’d like to feel the buzz again and be more sociable. Although
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A love letter to my addicted adult child.

My dear child, I feel like I’m saying goodbye to you, and in a way, I suppose I am. I will always love you. I want the very best for you and I’m prepared to do the most un-natural thing, a mother can ever do. My minds screams, I’m abandoning you. Oh, I know you’re
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I’m telling… on ADDICTION.

People often ask me why I write about such a difficult topic. I write about addiction for 2 reasons. First so that I never forget what I’d become – inhuman and deranged. Second so that families stand a chance against addiction. Addicts manipulate, lie, cheat and steal. They use YOUR love to their advantage. I
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Recovery says…

Recovery says…… Stop what you’re doing, you’ve got it wrong. With the drugs you’re using, you don’t have long The time has come, ‘one day’ is here. To move away from the lifestyle, you’ve held so dear As the cloak of denial falls from you Your eyes will open and see what’s true. Hope awakens,
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Addiction 101

When you love a family member who is addicted to a substance or unhealthy behavior, you’re in for a lonely, painful, and confusing ride. If you are the ‘go to’ person that the addict seeks out time and again when needing assistance, you have become the primary enabler, or helper. This position most often falls
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