Addiction and Passion

Expressions are a variety of short verses and entries by the men of the Power House.......... The two are in fact very different. While we may jokingly describe being addicted to something or someone that we are passionate about. True addiction is neither desirable nor pleasurable. No person really wants to be addicted and only a few ever imagined that their lives would end up in a destructive cycle of feeding their addiction. Psychologically and physiologically dependent on something they can ...
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Temptation

Expressions are a variety of short verses and entries by the men of the Power House..........  “Temptation” How many more times am I going to entertain this idea? Just how do I get past this?      You keep whispering and I keep dreaming. Dreaming that someday, somehow I will be able to control that rock.  As if  a “recreational crackhead” isn’t an oxymoron. Imagine a distraction so insidious, it will only allow you to concentrate on the one thing  – destroying you. The thoughts, the fl...
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A Man

A Man carries cash. A Man looks out for those around him -woman, friend, or stranger. A Man can always find the good in any situation. A Man rebuilds - engines, watches, and fortunes. A Man passes along his expertise, one man to the next. He knows how to survive, and makes sure others survive him - This is immortality. It doesn't matter to him what position or title, or job he has, for he does not like it, he will get a new one. A Man can look at you and figure things out befo...
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On the Firing Line of Life

From the book, "Alcoholics Anonymous" :" Your job now is to be at the place where you may be of maximum helpfulness to others, so never hesitate to go anywhere if you can be helpful. You should not hesitate to visit the most sordid spot on earth on such an errand. Keep on the firing line of life with these motives and God will keep you unharmed". Some days are difficult when your in the recovery business. Watching alcoholism and drug addiction happen right in front of your eyes, even when you...
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The Great Epidemic

Posted February 13, 2015 in Addiction Culture, Addiction in the News, Drug Abuse, Prescription Drugs by McCarton Ackerman. I thought I should share this recent article I came across during my time doing research on the web. I discovered this post on the site - Rehabs.com. I feel it is important that we are ready for the battle when it arrives at our doorstep. The bad news is however  - the battle has been raging in our life's for a long time. The drug overdose epidemic in the U.S. has risen fo...
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Our Inner most self

"We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholic". Our book, Alcoholics Anonymous', states that this is the first step in recovery. How  we learn is usually a long and tedious process of repeated attempts to regain some form of control and direction in our daily lives, and enduring continued failures and disappointments to ourselves and those around us. The least likely place for us to understand, is the part of us that most of us fail to recognize, as the ...
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“Success in Sobriety”

Key Elements of Sobriety If sobriety is viewed as a successful recovery then it is likely to consist of the following key elements: * Complete abstinence from harmful drug use and alcohol consumption in any form.  * The individual will have developed effective strategies  for dealing with challenges in life. * It involves living an ethical life where they try to not harm other people. * Sobriety includes repairing old relationships and building new ones. * Sobriety often involves an accept...
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What We Really Have is a Daily Reprieve

The book Alcoholics Anonymous states; "What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of Gods will into all our activities".  These two short sentences describe to me what it is to be recovered from addiction and alcoholism. Each day when I wake up I am given a new day to live. There were so many times in the past when waking up was just the beginning of one more nightmare, dreading every moment, ...
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Recovery is a Process – Not an Event!!!

There is No Magic Cure for Addiction/Alcoholism There is no magic cure available that will make it easy for people to escape their addictions. It takes much effort, and the real work only starts after the individual has stopped abusing alcohol or drugs. Even when people start building a life in recovery it does not mean that they are cured. The work has to continue. If, the only thing that changes, is that the individual stops using or drinking, there is unlikely to be much progress or sustaine...
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The last shred of doubt!

Since 1981 I have had many different periods of not drinking and not using, and until not so long ago, I had as many times drank and  used drugs again. Stopping drinking and using became normal for me, as the times of suffering and negative consequences became more frequent. As my history shows, I would always turn back to the drink and the drug, no matter what.  I simply did not have the power to not drink. I was, in fact, totally doomed to die a miserable alcoholic and drug addict death. If I ...
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