Hello All, I’m an old fart with many years of experience under my gut. I walked many miles, seen all parts of the world, been a drunk and alcohol abuser off and on until I decided enough was enough. I’m happy to say I have known Richard for many years, and consider him a good friend, and one of the best counselors in the area. I’ve help Richard, with Alcohol and Drug Assessment, and done some counseling under his supervision for a few years. I lived with hate, despair, anger, and alcohol, for a few years, seen a lot of shrinks, been on a lot of medications, some were of some help; others were just a bunch of pill pushers. Taking more time for myself, as with any kind of recovery is the key to recovery. You have to do it for yourself and no one else. You have to have determination no matter what; nothing should come before your sobriety. Sobriety is a selfish recovery program, point blank. What good does beating your self up accomplish? To some extent it’s good, but when it becomes a hindrance, for change you want to accomplish its nothing more then harmful to any worth while goal, to positive change. Watch out for backsliding also, or what they call relapse, thinking and thoughts about drinking. So stay away from non-sober people, and places, and hangouts. Because they will all have an effect on your sobriety. Be the best you can be and take it one day at a time, not only in staying sober, but looking at your recovery program, and staying with it. My advice is free; you can take it or leave it. Wish all of you, the best in your recovery. Hope I can be of help in a limited way!

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Quotes July 2, 2012

Do Not regret growing older It’s a privilege denied to many.   “Everyday you are stirring the pot of life and the most Important ingredient you can put into your pot is you. Your love, optimism, trust, vision, communication, authenticity, appreciation and passion make like delicious and the relationships you create at work and at …

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Quotes July 1, 2012

In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take, relationships we are afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.   “Admit when your wrong. Shut up when your’re right.” – John Gottman, PhD   Respect People’s feelings. Even if it doesn’t mean anything to you. It could mean …

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Quotes June 30, 2012

    Easy is to judge the mistakes of others, Difficult is to recognize your own mistakes.  Easy is hurt someone who loves you, Difficult is to heal the wound.  Easy is to set rules, Difficult is to follow them.  Easy is to Dream every night, Difficult is to fight for a dream. Easy is …

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Pay Your Parking Tickets or Lose your Drivers Lic.

A recent change in a state law regulating the issuance and renewal of driver’s licenses could generate thousands of dollars in revenue for Ferndale and could have a big impact for many municipalities throughout the state. Discussion about Senate Bill 0130 began in the state Legislature last year but it recently gained approval and was …

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RELAPSE ASSESSMENT GUIDE

Relapse Assessment Guide To assess your efforts before relapse ask yourself these questions about positive actions and these questions about relapse behavior. Positive recovery actions How many meetings were you attending per week? How many meetings were you talking in? How many invitations did you accept from others in the program to socialize with them? …

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WHAT IS ADDICTION? WHAT CAUSES ADDICTION?

This article focuses mainly on addiction to physical substances. In the past addiction used to refer just to psychoactive substances that cross the blood-brain barrier, temporarily altering the chemical balance of the brain; this would include alcohol, tobacco and some drugs. A considerable number of psychologists, other health care professionals and lay people now insist …

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That time of year, Drunk Driving Crackdown.

Drunk driving crackdown runs through month Observer & Eccentric, March 15, 2012 Motorists heading out to cheer on their favorite college hoops team at the local sports bar or to toast the luck of the Irish at the corner pub are reminded to designate a sober driver before the celebration starts. Law enforcement officers from …

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