Two Years : Experience, Strength, Hope

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You are a beautiful, shining example of recovery, Megan. Thank you for standing up and helping ...more

RSAT Group Outside For 3 Hours In Freezing Temps.

RSAT Group Outside For 3 Hours In Freezing Temps.They had to stand outside in freezing temperatures for the store.RSAT is the jail re-hab, but this is crazy! ...more

What The Snow Queen Can Teach About Depression

I've been meaning to read this fairy tale for years, and I'm so glad I finally did. It's beautiful, and it's such a perfect illustration of everything it takes to overcome mental illness that I really have to share. (Pause: yes, this is the Hans Christian Andersen story they took as their inspiration for Frozen, but the two bear only a passing resemblance....more

Living with Anxiety Disorders

My kids sometimes ask me if monsters exit.  I tell them that monsters aren't real.  They aren't hiding under their beds or in their closet.  There is no such thing.But I think we all know that's not exactly true.  Monsters very much do exist.  They just aren't ten feet tall with horns.  We each have our monster.  Mine is anxiety....more

Whew! Looking Back on a Month of Daily Posts

 After 30 posts in 30 days, I am please to say I have successfully completed NaBloPoMo 2014.My goals were to develop a more structured writing discipline and grow my blog. Check and check....more

A Little Wisdom

Sometimes I surprise myself with the wisdom that's rattling around in my brain. I take no credit for creating it; I've simply filtered and retained good material over time. I do have a knack for discernment and storage, I suppose. And clearly I can regurgitate well, as evidenced by the volume of good posts I'm pleased to have produced this month through the daily blogging challenge known as NaBloPoMo....more

The Drama Triangle

 Recovery from addiction requires more than simply giving up “X”. The most significant changes come from learning why we ever needed “X” in the first place and then rethinking how we operate. This almost always involves addressing interpersonal relationships. For me, one tool that has been extremely useful in changing my approach is the Karpman Drama Triangle....more

Keeping it Real

 It is mating season here in southern Alberta, and this morning I watched a large buck chase a doe down a boulevard in my neighbourhood. The doe stopped suddenly and turned to face her suitor, hopping side to side flirtatiously before dodging towards an elementary schoolyard. It was thrilling to watch from within the safety of my car, and thankfully a chilly snowfall has kept the both the schoolchildren and neighbourhood dog-walkers inside and out of harm’s way....more

Who (Else) Is Reading UnPickled?

 Do you wonder who else is reading recovery blogs besides yourself? Question if you are unique among the group or normal as anything? Curious what their worries and concerns are? Me, too! I have been analyzing the survey results with great interest.As of this writing, 274 readers took the survey in just 2 days  – a much larger sampling than I expected. Thank you all for taking the time and sharing your experiences.Without further adieu…the results!Question 1: Which statement describes you best?...more

How Long Does It Take?

 A comment  on unpickled.wordpress.com yesterday from “BetterWithoutBinging” asked the question that sparked today’s post: “How long does it take to get used to a new identity of being the non-drinker?” How long does it take to get used to a new identity?...more
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