Category Archives: withdrawal

Ramblings of a Sober Man

I originally posted this to my creative writing blog on April 11, 2015, and I stumbled across it today. Good heavens, it’s dark. As I read it today, that tight, sick feeling I had during very early sobriety came back. … Continue reading

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Triggered By Tennessee

Williams, that is. Specifically, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. I’m not terribly surprised, really. It’s been quite a while since I’ve read or seen the Paul Newman/Elizabeth Taylor film, which I love. We’re studying drama in my lit class, and … Continue reading

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“We’ll Have Some Wine.” Gee, Thanks.

I got an email the other day about an event this Friday for new faculty. It sounds like something I’d benefit from, save one little detail: “We hope to address any problems and welcome your suggestions about how we can … Continue reading

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Catharsis Through Music

I make a lot of Spotify playlists. Some are for my kids and have a bunch of Muppet songs, while others have more to do with recovery. I have “Recovery 1,” Recovery II,” and “Recovery III” playlists, “Sobriety is for … Continue reading

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PAWS Still Has Claws

Not that I thought it didn’t, but I’ve had a fairly good run lately. I remember reading somewhere (and I heard it mentioned again on The Bubble Hour podcast) that PAWS symptoms can strike around 30 day marks, some of … Continue reading

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Looking Myself In The Eye (Or Not)

Long before I started drinking, I had a hard time looking at myself in a mirror. I didn’t like what I saw…ever. If I had to look in the mirror to fix my hair or something, I’d squint. If I had my … Continue reading

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Pain Is Not A Punishment, Pleasure Is Not A Reward

Today marks my seventh month of sobriety, and I can’t sleep for the life of me, so I’m blogging while my family sleeps and recovers from our vacation to Callaway Gardens, GA. The vacation was 99 percent a success, and … Continue reading

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