This podcast was recorded in the parking lot of an airport, so there may be some extra sound effects!
Removing the Stigma of Addiction. For those of us in long-term recovery, it is up to us to live happy, successful lives, and be an example of what we can accomplish. We can choose to not be stigmatized by societal biases about addiction recovery.
A mid-summer addiction recovery rant. And, like most rants it runs overtime and sounds a bit crazy. I share my thoughts on new U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions and his ramping up the failed War on Drugs, the positive possibilities of the natural supplement Kratom, and how some authorities are refusing to respond to emergency overdose calls. The take away? We must look after each other, now more than ever.
Many people in my life are all fired up regarding the U.S. presidential election results. My Left-Wing friends are in shock, and grieving. My Right-Wing friends are celebratory and gloating. My Canadian friends are just dumbfounded and disbelieving.
Here’s a dose of reality: We conducted a legal and Constitutionally-valid election. Donald Trump won. He will be the 45th President of the United States. There will be a peaceful transfer of power in January. This is reality.
Please accept the results, even if they are not what you had hoped for. Please continue to focus on your sobriety and addiction recovery. And, please, be kind to others, even if you don’t agree with one another’s politics.
Well, we are coming down to the wire for the 2016 general election. I’ve not discussed my political leanings and beliefs very much, with good reason. It seems that most people are so emotionally invested in their candidate, party, or position, that it makes for a stressful conversation. And, at this point in my life, in my sobriety, I choose to make choices that don’t complicate or add stress to my life. Besides, some of these very politically motivated friends are just that, my friends. So, I know who I’m voting for, they know who they are voting for, and even if our preferences are world’s apart, at least we can remain friends. I’d like that.