LIFE IN RECOVERY FROM CRYSTAL METH, BOOZE & AIDS
- San Francisco, California, United States
- June 25
- Producing Artistic Director
- Writing Man Productions
- I'm just a simple guy who spent many years harming myself by drinking too much alcohol and ingesting too many illegal (and legal) drugs...particularly crystal-meth.
I found myself walking back into a 12-step meeting on August 26, 2005 after a two year relapse. I have been on a healthy path of recovery ever since.
I share my life here in the hopes that others who are struggling with their own addictions can find just a little bit of hope in what I go through on a daily basis as a clean and sober man.
If you would like to talk, you can always find me on Skype....I will also accept any and all friend requests on FaceBook.
(any and all postings in LIFE IN RECOVERY FROM CRYSTAL METH, BOOZE & AIDS may be reproduced in part and or in whole in any form of media conditional on the proper citation of the blog and its author)
MY RECENT POSTS
- GETTING DRESSED
December 06, 2012 11:33PM
- TURNING THOUGHTS INTO ACTIONS
December 05, 2012 08:36PM
December 03, 2012 11:46PM
- MY THOUGHTS ON THIS WORLD AIDS
December 01, 2012 08:33PM
- IT WAS FUN!
November 27, 2012 12:31AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Let me start by saying
that I 2,000% agree with
I have to won…”
March 26, 2012 03:51AM
- “At the risk of seeming
egotistical.....check out my
feel free to use
January 06, 2012 02:47AM
- “I am going through
last April and I
February 21, 2011 07:28PM
- “@ RW005g: I really don't
know the answer to your
The severity of my
February 16, 2011 05:40PM
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Toward the end of her nursing career, my mother had worked in several assisted living facilities, each one, from the way she described, a cross between a hospice and senior citizen condominium complex. Each facility had slight differe… Read full post »
Consistency is not an attribute I can honestly say that I have applied in maintaining this blog; the reasons for that have already been covered here on numerous occasions so I don’t believe it’s necessary to rehash a topic about… Read full post »
Macaroni and cheese!
&nbs… Read full post »
It was a toss-up as to whether I should or would write about World AIDS Day; I don’t want to write a ‘woe-as-me’ piece; I don’t want to lecture on how important is for those who are negative to take any and all steps… Read full post »
As a master of procrastination, it is sometimes difficult for me truly to know when I am simply being lazy or if my lack of productivity is honestly due to the fact that I don’t feel well. It’s usually not until I begin to… Read full post »
Shawn was 45-years old.
Shawn proudly served in the United States military for twenty-five years.
If those first two sentences rattled you a bit (and if the third sentence provided a bit of confusion), imagine how I felt when, while doing a Bing search for my/… Read full post »
Maitri Compassionate Care is unlike any other hospice of which I am aware; rather than insist that the residents/patients remain in their beds while they wait for their final breath, the caretakers here encoura/… Read full post »
My first sponsor (the first sponsor from to whom I actually listened), Mitch, was an incredible man. If you’ve been following this blog from the beginning, you probably remember me mentioning him in prior postings.
&n… Read full post »
One of the many goals I have set for myself regarding this blog has been: on the occasions I do relate anecdotes from the times in my life when I was actively getting drunk and/or high, I strive to do so without glorifying my addiction and… Read full post »
I grew up in an era when kids still played in mud, waded through algae covered creeks, climbed trees and explored mysterious tunnels (okay, I later found out when I became an adult that what I thought was a tunnel was actually the town’s sewer system! – I’ll tell that story… Read full post »
Start. Stop. Start. Stop. Start. Stop.
Patterns – they seem to play a big role in my life; not always in the most beneficial ways.
Living with HIV/AIDS has provided many valuable lessons in my life.
You might be thinking that I am referring to the life I’ve had since that day in April 1997 w… Read full post »
Greek philosopher Epictetus said, “If you would be a reader, read; if a writer, write.”
I suppose I could simply publish that quote if I wanted to express… Read full post »
Alcoholic or not, drug addict or not, a resentment, especially a long-term resentment, serves no productive purpose. The only task this bitter bastard child of hatred and fear ever accomplishes is to blacken hearts and erode souls.
I’ve been told time and again by those who have walked t… Read full post »
During one of my visits home when I lived in San Francisco in the 1990s, it was decided by my mother, my uncle and me that I should be the one to tell her that we were going to take action to have her driver’s… Read full post »
I’m not quite sure when in my life that it happened, but I remember when the public was urged to start using the phrase “differently-abled” in lieu of “disabled” when referring to a person living with one or more phys… Read full post »
During a chemically-induced psychosis, I was convinced people were trying to kill me. I was convinced because throughout the three-day respite from reality, my mind convinced me the weapon-wielding wannabe-wrongdoers were not hallucinations.… Read full post »
According to a (very attractive) volunteer at the Castro Country Club, I, my friends am a “hottie!”
My thought to that declaration is, “Duh!&… Read full post »
Several months back, my doctor and my friends suggested that I take a break from theater production – at least the physically taxing elements such as producing, directing, marketing and especially the combination of those three. I agre… Read full post »
Insanity to the insane is sanity.
When I was active in my addiction, particularly when using crystal-meth, my life was pure insanity. Of course, I can say that n… Read full post »
Should a man who has led an otherwise exemplary life of service to others and who has been an inspiration to tens of thousands of people have his legacy condemned for one serious error in judgment?
Until today, the only person who has known the full details of the incident I am about to relate has been my sponsor.
The reason for my not sharing this before now is… Read full post »
The Los Angeles City Council yesterday passed legislation by a vote of 9-1 to require the mandatory usage of condoms in porn films. The law for which the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation had been leading the lobbying efforts for… Read full post »
I recently attended a 12-step meeting during which the main speaker gave partial attribution to the culture of his ethnicity for his initial attraction to the physical and social effects of alcohol. That one throw-away statement triggered a… Read full post »
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