This weekend I traveled to Nanaimo, British Columbia to attend the Science & Spirituality Conference. There were hundreds of...
I can’t edit. Call it dyslexia, call it a lack of thoroughness, but nonetheless I simply can’t edit my...
Taking on the responsibility as a guiding force in someone’s life is not to be taking lightly. As a sponsor you act as a bridge that will help connect newcomers to a beautiful new way of life. When done well, you will leave an indelible mark on that individual’s... Read more
It’s rather incredible how often the subject of forgiveness is written about. No matter whether you are reading about forgiveness through holy scripture, or a simple blog post, the message is always the same: Forgive what ever it is that you are holding uneasy feelings towards immediately! For those... Read more
Six long weeks have passed since the last time I planted myself in the nourishing soil of a meeting. Why, you ask? Well it had nothing to do with lack of desire to remain steadfast in my habits of recovery, but I had the great opportunity to travel to... Read more
There is no question that many families find it difficult to discuss substance use and addiction. After all, there is a great deal of misunderstanding around the topic. It is easy to try to deny the dangers of substance use, make jokes about the topic, or simply avoid talking... Read more
At what point in time do suggestions need to turn into musts? This week we have lost two young members of the recovery to overdoses. Were these people of the variety that the Big Book states are “constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves (p.58)” about how sick they... Read more
In recovery from substance abuse, it’s now traditional that people remain anonymous. This tradition can be traced all the way back to the 1930s, when one of the first groups dedicated exclusively to recovering people formed—Alcoholics Anonymous. Now, AA is known worldwide for their twelve-step program of recovery, which... Read more
If there is one thing people learn in the rooms of recovery, it’s how to talk. I’m fully behind the importance of talking through problems to help one another, but only if it brings people to a place of action. Otherwise you are left consistently spinning your wheels, leaving... Read more
Step 5 : Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. A couple thousand days have come and gone since the beginning of my attempt to live life with rigourous honesty, but I must admit my ability to operate in delusional ignorance of... Read more
With the diminishing hours of sunlight and existential thinking on the rise this time of the year, it’s understandable if you are feeling out of sorts. For the extremely sensitive type who might be doubting their own spiritual journey and connection to God recently I thought I would help pour... Read more
Recovery has been an amazing journey for me over the years. I have gained immense insight into honesty, compassion and humanity that is offered so sparingly in this world from AA , or “The Rooms”, as they are commonly referred to. A healing-centered fellowship that has a wide open door policy... Read more
If you were in power, how would allocate Canada’s budget to fix addiction? 12 Step programs? Treatment centers? Spiritual sanctuaries? Harm-reduction? What about decriminalizing all drugs like Portugal did? I think one of the best things that America has done to fight their very own war on drugs, is placing Michael Botticelli... Read more
Secrets keep you sick, and you would be amazed at how many people suffer alone in silence. Who would have thought the Old Spice man himself, Terry Crews, would succumb to the pains and suffering of addiction and then seek help through Recovery. Terry explains how his little secret and... Read more