Life Force, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

Life Force, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

It seems much of my life has been filled with meaningless activity.  In my younger years, without much of me to operate with, I tried to please as I was hoping for value and purpose.  I worked at jobs I hated, tried to stay in struggling relationships for the “sake of the children”, and was mediocre at parenting.

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That First Big Step, by guest blogger David Saffold

The following is my first entry in a series about the 12-step spiritual program of recovery.

In my opinion, alcohol is a drug.  Just as cocaine, heroin, or crystal meth is a drug.  The 12 step program will work for any drug of addiction.  However, since I am referring to the 12 step program defined in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, I keep the wording of each step found therein.  Please, feel free to replace the word "alcohol" in this issue with whatever suits your situation. 

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It’s Okay to Ask for Help, by Jenny Emerson, LMFT, LMT

It’s Okay to Ask for Help, by Jenny Emerson, LMFT, LMT

The other day I was visiting at a friend’s house with several mutual friends.  The cars piled up in her driveway and on the street.  I decided I would brave it and park in a challenging spot next to her carport.  It was one of those situations where I could get in but questioned myself on getting out.

During my visit, I mapped out in my head the 20- to 30-point turn I was going to have to make to get out of that spot.  It literally was not going to require that but when I am in my head worrying about something, it usually gets exaggerated.  My worry took over. 

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