Category Archives: Recovery

Well Then, What’s the Point?

I had an interesting conversation with a woman the other day – could have been last week, last month, or last year – memory…  Anyway, the subject of dating came up, specifically how ‘challenging’ it is over 60.  A lot … Continue reading

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Bored at the Airport?

Ever have a 3-4-5 hour ‘lay-over’ at an airport, with nothing to do?  Try this. Head over to the ‘Community Service Phone,’ and page yourself to a certain gate.  Example: “Could you ask Bob Holliker to come to Gate 63, … Continue reading

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Clapping With One Hand

“Holding On” is something I have always been good at.  Whether it be to an old t-shirt, a favorite vehicle or relationships – I am god at holding on.  What I have come to realize of late is how much … Continue reading

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I Don’t Know Either Jim..

I had been working with Jim S. for about 3-4 years (in therapy) when one morning he sat back in his chair and just looked at me, saying nothing.  He just stared at me with a grin.  Then after a … Continue reading

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The Path to Serenity – through Anger and Hurt

I recently “relapsed” again.  Not in the “physical” sense, where I actually drank, but int he emotional and spiritual sense.  I tend to do this upon occasion, and its a real bitch for me.  This latest “relapse” was a powerful … Continue reading

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Recovery – The Trip Home…

I got out of Hazelden on 28 August 1994.  Felt real good.  When I got to the airport I passed by the usual “watering holes” I would have stopped by to kill the time.  Instead I opened “The Big Book,” … Continue reading

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Recovery – A Daily, or A Binge Drinker?

I am occasionally asked during my lectures if I was a ‘daily,’ or a ‘binge’ drinker.  I had never given it much thought – it just didn’t mean that much to me.  However, upon reflection I was able to nail … Continue reading

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Recovery – A 6-Pack of Borden’s Light…

Early on, in one of my counseling sessions, my counselor asked me what my ‘drug of choice’ was.  Bud Light.  She then asked me how much I typically drank, when I drank – and I told her. “Why do you … Continue reading

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And What Is Your Expression for Getting Drunk?

Ever thought about all the various expressions we hear for ‘getting drunk?’  Think about them… An exercise I use in my lectures is to ask folks how they express ‘getting drunk’ themselves.  Not necessarily after a night of “having a … Continue reading

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Recovery – Early Days at Hazelden

Guys came and went every day at Hazelden.  However, we tended to ‘gravitate’ toward the guys who who came in just before us.  That’s what I did… There were 3 other pilots in treatment, in my unit.  Another one from … Continue reading

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