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Tag: alcoholism

18 Years and Counting

It was 18 years ago today that drank alcohol for the last time. A lot longer since I tool any drugs. of the non-prescription variety. In one way, that seems like a super long time! In another way, it’s the blink of an eye….

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My first radio appearance

I was on the radio yesterday talking about my days as an active alcoholic, kidney disease and finding myself. This is what led me to the life I’m living now – health coaching, teaching yoga, Thai yoga massage – all of my passions in…

Are you living authentically?

Since my kidney transplant in March, I’ve made a whole lot of changes in my life. While I was on dialysis and off from the full time job I was able to take full advantage by taking life coaching courses and learning loads of…

Struggling

This morning I found myself wishing for the oblivion of being drunk. But without drinking. I’ve been sober going on 17 years, I have no intention of ever drinking again. But on occasion I want to escape my life. I know even when I…

Celebration

I had an interesting experience this week. I met up with an old friend and while chatting he told me about his son’s wife. She’s an alcoholic who has been sober for three years. My friend was quite adamant that life with an alcoholic…

Vulnerability 

I watched the movie Girl on the Train last night. Emily Blunt plays a very convincing alcoholic in the movie. I was struck by the familiarity of some of the scenes from my own days of drinking so heavily. But most of all I…

Climb Over Bored

When my daughter was about 13 or 14 I found a bottle of vodka under her pillow. Clearly she wasn’t all that good at finding hiding spots, but I digress. I dumped the vodka down the drain and put the empty bottle back in…

From Darkness into Light

When I was a teen I wrote a lot of poetry; very dark poetry. There were a lot of messages about suicide in the words that came from me. It terrified my mother. I didn’t have a lot of value for my own life…