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!