When Today is Your Day One…Again

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Day One.

Today is the first day of January.
It is day one of a new month and day one of a new year.

Day one always feels like a clean slate, doesn’t it?
Day one is pristine. It’s a blank page.
Day one is a virgin.
It’s full of hope and promise.
…until you fuck it up.

If you’ve ever fucked up a day one, this is dedicated to you.
Because you really didn’t do what you thought you did.
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So, I’m Writing to a Girl Who Is in Jail

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It’s weird. The things you will say to a complete stranger to sort of recap your life for them so you can build a connection. Last night I wrote this letter to a new friend who is currently in jail. We met by a divine appointment and I already love her. Her mom saw one of my Facebook posts about recovery and she contacted me. From there, we decided to start forming a relationship while she is still in jail, so I can help support and encourage her once she gets out.

Here is my second letter to my new friend. When I re-read it this morning, I was filled with a renewed sense of purpose to live out my calling….which is to live in community and help people in transition (early recovery right after treatment or directly out of jail) get grounded.

Getting grounded isn’t easy and early recovery is the time you need the most support. No one should ever be alone after treatment or right out of jail…ever.
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I Don’t Go To AA Meetings. This is a Statement, Not a Confession

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In the Forward to the First Edition of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, it says this:

We, of Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a hopeless state of mind and body. To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book. —page xiii

“Have recovered.”
That’s exciting.
If that’s the main purpose of the book, it would make sense that at some point I should be able to say, “Hello, my name is Robin Bright and I am recovered,” right?
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Is Your Addicted Adult Child Living With You?

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What about Tough Love?
Have you ever heard of it?

I was a guest at an addiction rally / fundraiser banquet a couple of years ago. There was a moment at the beginning where the question was posed to the crowd,
“How many of you parents have had to close the front door of your house to your child and say, ‘I’m sorry but you’re not welcome here right now.’?”
“How many of you parents have had to call the police on your child?” Read More

Either Every Life Matters or No Lives Matter

Narcan, also known as Naloxone, or the heroin overdose antidote, is coming to Florida’s drug stores. I’m over-the-moon excited for this.
Of course, for me it’s not a surprise, I’ve known this since March 28th of this year when the law was passed.
It was a grateful day for me.

Naloxone is a drug that is basically used like a person would use an EpiPen during a life threatening allergic reaction. It is used to save a life….a life that has just overdosed on opiates, and is near death.

Opiate Overdose Quick Mini-Education

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You’re a Teenager. Your Parent is an Addict. Here Are Some Words for You.

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I always wished I were one of those kids who knew what to expect when they came home from school. They knew their parents were at work, or doing something normal like grocery shopping or relaxing. They could invite friends over without the unspoken anxiety of what they may walk in on.

But that wasn’t my life.

Instead, I was born into a family beaten down and held hostage by addiction, that would one day be ransomed and set free. Read More