Monthly Archives: August 2015

The 12 Principles – the First Principle – Honesty

August 31st, 2015|

People suffering from the disease of addiction invariably live a life of dishonesty and deception. To hide their drug usage and behaviors from others, they tell lie after lie to everyone around them – their spouse, their family, their friends, their coworkers, their boss, and most especially, themselves. It is a vicious and self-perpetuating cycle. The addict often finds himself telling one lie and then having to tell other lies to cover up the original, ad infinitum. It becomes a fragile and ultimately unsupportable house of cards that ends up eventually collapsing under its own

Facing Your Feelings Sober

August 31st, 2015|

  "I gave myself permission to feel and experience all of my emotions. In order to do that, I had to stop being afraid to feel. In order to do that, I taught myself to believe that no matter what I felt or what happened when I felt it, I would be okay." ~Iyanla Vanzant, life coach and host of Iyanla: Fix My Life Substance abusers are not particularly well-known for their patience or forbearance. Most alcoholics/addicts in early recovery are unpleasantly dismayed to learn that although their problems do not magically and instantly go

Becoming the Best Sponsor You Can Be

August 31st, 2015|

“The acceptance of an opportunity to take the A.A. plan to a sufferer of alcoholism entails very real and critically important responsibilities. Every member, undertaking the sponsorship of a fellow alcoholic, must remember that he is offering what is frequently the last chance of rehabilitation, sanity, or maybe life itself." ~ Clarence S., the original A.A. Sponsorship Pamphlet (1944) The majority of addiction rehabilitation treatment programs in use today owe a great deal to the original concepts first developed by the Alcoholics Anonymous fellowship. Even with modifications to fit the specific goals of a particular

Signs You May Be Prone to Addiction

August 31st, 2015|

You can literally be addicted to anything – gambling, exercise, food, not eating food, work, alcohol, drugs, prescription drugs, the television, shopping, coffee, sugar, sex, video games, love, Facebook, science, cults, and probably 10 other things!  In addictions, there’s a compulsion to continue doing the addictive behavior. You have to have that cup of coffee – and then one more and one more. Or you have to have that pair of new shoes – and then one more and another. Even with sex, you can be addicted. You have to have sex at night, in

Letter From the Founder: Celebrating 6 Years!

August 7th, 2015|

Happy August Everyone, I have wanted to start a monthly post regarding addiction and recovery for several years.  Having written articles for other sources, I enjoy being able to share my experience with those seeking information about addiction.  August is a meaningful month for to start the Ashwood Recovery article.  Ashwood is celebrating 6 years of serving the Boise Idaho area.  We first opened our doors in 2009.  While we have grown in size, our program continues to maintain adherence to our abstinence/12-step based values. I started Ashwood Recovery with hopes of changing the way