Recovery Rising – Review

Bill White

Recovery Rising: A Retrospective of Addiction Treatment and Recovery Advocacy by William L. White Review by Linda Farris Kurtz, MSW, DPA, Emeritus Professor, Eastern Michigan University School of Social Work I first met Bill White on October 6, 1995 when he arrived at our house to meet with Ernie to … Continue reading

Each Breath a Gift – Review

Books

By Jan A. Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question. ~ ee cummings The first quote is used as the tag line after Thomas’ signature in his emails. I always want to respond with Rilke’s quote, but it’s not as pithy. It’s the difference between poetry and prose. I … Continue reading

A Secular Sobriety – Review

A Secular Sobriety

“Here is what I think it might have looked like if it were written in a secular manner with the sole intention of promoting sobriety and not religious conversion.” Dale K. (Page 44)  By Thomas B. With a stunning leap of areligious imagination, Dale K., author of A Secular Sobriety … Continue reading

Each Breath a Gift

Each Breath

Foreword By Joe C Songwriter, broadcaster and author of Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life Storytelling, vulnerable and sincere storytelling, unites us. More than just an ageless form of teaching and entertaining, storytelling is healing and nurturing for both the teller and the audience. Books, songs, movies, podcasts, … Continue reading

The Daily Reflections

Believe

By life-j This is not the first time you may have heard me being down on the Daily Reflections, and it won’t be the last, but I’m going to approach it a bit more systematically in this article. I realize that the futility ranking of this project is on level … Continue reading

Is AA Literature Too Antiquated?

Giant Book

By Dee Young Originally published on The Fix on November 25, 2015 In 77 years and four editions, the Big Book’s Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions has remained completely unchanged. But most people seem to believe “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Alcoholics and drug addicts are fearful people. … Continue reading

The Anatomy of a Blackout

Blackout

By Kelly F. Originally published on August 11, 2015, on The Adventures of a Sober Senorita. If you haven’t heard of the book, Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank To Forget, by Sarah Hepola yet, you’ve most likely been living under a rock. She has been on all of my … Continue reading

Wounded Warriors

Wounded Warriors

Reviewed by life-j This is maybe the most engaging recovery book I have ever read. OK, recovery writing does not get much better than the beginning couple of pages of Chapter 3 of the Big Book. Bill Wilson has his brilliant moments. But this is different. In Ernie Kurtz’ book … Continue reading