What is Normal, Anyway?

Patty Mohler

We’ve all heard it before. We might have even said it ourselves before. “I’m not a normal person.” “How I grew up wasn’t normal.” “I didn’t have a normal childhood.” Whether you’re guilty of saying those things, or some variation of them, what you probably don’t realize is that what you deem normal, or abnormal,

Practicing Gratitude

Patty Mohler

Whether you’re in recovery or not, expressing gratitude is something that every one of us should do on a daily basis. From the moment we wake up to when we lie down to go to sleep at night, there are countless things that happen to us throughout the day that we should be thankful for.

7 Things I Learned in My First Year of Recovery

I didn’t get sober on purpose.  I wasn’t crawling into an AA meeting saying I can’t stop drinking, my life is horrible, I can’t stop shaking and  so on.  However, I couldn’t stop drinking on my own and my life was horrible and I only got the shakes a few times during my drinking career. 

Why not check out that AA meeting?

The longer I’m sober the more I realize that not a lot of people get sober via AA nor do they stay “in” the program after getting sober, and so I sometimes take on the AA spokesmodel persona and comment to someone, “Why not check out an AA meeting”. Of course I’m quite biased as

Recovery Work Starts With Finding The Self

We know that an addiction is used by an individual to avoid something that is unwanted.  The unwanted is related to interpretations and perceptions each client experiences.  These include feelings as well as consequences resulting from choices made, relationships formed, and losses incurred.  The focus in recovery work assists the client with facing and transforming

What is Rock Bottom?

I write a sobriety blog, so people ask me all the time, “What was your rock bottom? What happened to make you quit drinking?” I’m pretty sure they expect a story that involves waking in a hotel room in Nassau with no recollection of having boarded a plane, or crawling battered from a muddy ditch

Holiday Sober Gift Giving

When I was in college, I had a boyfriend whose family owned an enormous above ground mushroom farm. It seemed, while walking through their rambling family farmhouse, that everyone they had ever known had given them gifts that pertained to mushrooms, toadstools or any facsimile thereof. There were tea-cozy mushrooms, bar stools shaped like morels,