A Blog Without Substance

Everything I'd like to discuss

Take a walk in my storm

Tuesday was a great day. Everything seemed effortless, I felt in full control. Whenever I looked at the future, I was filled with hope and optimism; when my mind strayed to the past, I was filled with acceptance and peace; when I spent time in the moment - the now...

Avoidance

Following the theme of raising awareness around the negative, unhealthy coping mechanisms, today's focus is avoidance - a tactic used by all of us at some stage in our lives. To cover this topic, I will turn to A Year Without Substance, and chapter 7... Avoiding the...

Displacement

Emotional displacement is the transfer of a repressed or current emotion on to another target. It usually manifests itself in a disproportionate, angry, hostile reaction to a stimulus that doesn’t deserve it.






Beware the 13th Steppers…

Light-hearted and flirtatious at best, manipulative, exploitative and potential devastating at its worst, the “13th Step” is an unfortunate residual threat to new members of any recovery based community; whether in groups or online. The phrase ‘13th Stepping’ was...

Recovery vs. Sobriety

In the recovery communities of the world two words are thrown around more than most – Recovery and Sobriety – and often the two are linked as meaning the same thing. They are not. The two are differentiated in the phrase, ‘You can’t be in recovery without being sober,...

Do it now!

Addicts get a bad press don't they? And more often than not it is justified by the actions of the addict - stealing, fighting, dangerous, manipulative, dishonest, unreliable, untrustworthy - all good adjectives to describe the behaviour of an addict in the grip of...