Tag: Drugs and alcohol

Nostalgianauts

I guess the genesis of this blog has been a series of events that has caused me to reflect frequently over the last few months. I’m currently living in a time of my life, where all the heroes I grew up listening to or watching on the screen both...

Freedom of mind

Freedom of mind is an idea.  Being trapped inside a demented idea or feeling (as John Odonohue called it) describes addiction perfectly to me.  An all consuming desire and abusive relationship with a substance, behaviour or relationship that is unhealthy or destructive.  Locked in a cell of your own...

Look back, don’t stare…

Look back, don’t stare. I was once told. It resonated with me as someone who spent so much time looking back with shame and regret. Fearful of looking forward and making mistakes, looking back over the myriad of ones I’d previously made. Completely oblivious to the here and now....

The modern day holocaust: Apathy

A found piece from over 14 years ago, a post 911 anniversary had played in full on every channel, this was written following the continued outcry of that particular dreadful event. We are living in a holocaust of apathy.  As we once more remember the holocaust of the Second...

A Gentle Awakening- 3 SEEING

When we look, I mean really look.  We can finally begin to see.  This part of the process is a crucial and sometimes painful experience.  However, to grow it is essential. For me, looking at myself, at my past.  I began to see areas where I had come to...

A Gentle Awakening- 5 BEGINNING

Now we have arrived full circle.  From the start where we began, to here, where we now begin, anew!  And this is the process of change.  We start at a point and come home to ourselves.  Ready to begin a new chapter in our life with new tools and...

A Gentle Awakening – 1 START

http:// A PROCESS OF CHANGE Quite a simple process when looked at in the above diagram.  However, to look at and to really ‘see’ this process which has to be personally experienced, is a completely different matter. So let us look deeper at these five points.  Take them slowly...

A veneer of addiction

The veneer of addiction shelids you from the reality of life and imprisons you in an idea that the outside world doesn’t want you. In his book eternal echoes, Exploring our hunger to belong, (Bantam Press) John O’Donohue writes “The mental prison is devastatingly lonely. It is a sorrowful...

Going Back, to move forward

After 10 years I decided to go back to counselling. I didn’t really know what that was going to involve or whether It was something I could do. I qualified in 2006 with counselling diploma, it had been an interesting process, since coming out of rehab in 2011 and...