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A Sunday miracle – times hundreds

A Sunday miracle – times hundreds

You need to see it to believe it. In the Washington DC area – every Sunday evening – there’s an open AA meeting that’s been going on for decades. That’s not unusual.  What is is the group’s size. On a recent Sunday my son invited me to attend with him.  Located this night in a …

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Summer’s end

Summer’s end

On a late August morning just before sunrise only a few people dot the beach.  The sand belongs to the seabirds, a fisherman and yesterday’s footprints.  Except for the pounding of waves, there’s no sound. In the still, quiet snapshot of that half-light before dawn, I surrender to the sweet sadness of summer’s end. I …

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Vacation

Vacation

The word connotes pleasure, relaxation, summertime ease.  It’s time away with family, friends, a spouse, a pet. In my family, vacation means Rehoboth.  The Delaware-beach resort, known for its family-friendly atmosphere, deep blue beach umbrellas, boardwalk fries and bumper cars, offers us all that a beach vacation can. But for years the word “vacation” spurred …

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Trust

Trust

A question I often am asked is, when did you start trusting your son, again? As often as this comes up, it always stops me cold.  The corollary is rarely asked:  how long did it take to lose that trust? Al-Anon literature says that “trust” is a choice.  Suffering from the wreckage of addiction in …

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Even in Prague

Even in Prague

Prague, Capital of the Czech Republic.  Certainly not a city you would associate with addiction, or any other disease.  But there we were in early July, attending an AA meeting with our son.  The city was a brief stopover at the end of a river cruise celebrating a family anniversary. Without fanfare, Jacob announced he’d …

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Where there is fear, there is hope.

Where there is fear, there is hope.

At a recent book talk a woman raised her hand and asked, “Do you ever get over the fear?” Her adult son, two and half years clean, was living several states away.  They spoke often by phone and she had the sense he was doing well.  But she couldn’t stop worrying.   “I worry that he …

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Hiding

Hiding

It happens frequently. I’m on the treadmill at the gym, and a woman appears at my side.  She introduces herself and tells me she just finished “Secret No More.” Tears fill her eyes.  She thanks me, and says I am so brave.  Later, I wonder, why “brave?” I walk through the Naval Academy, a common …

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Admiring the older guys

Admiring the older guys

When we visit Jacob in Florida we often attend AA meetings with him.  These are typically “open” – meaning anyone can attend – and normally held in a church.  They remind me, again, how grateful I am to churches, synagogues, local governments and hospitals for opening their doors to people in recovery, usually without charging.  …

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Safe Stations celebrates first year

Safe Stations celebrates first year

This month marks the first anniversary of a program that’s saving hundreds of lives in a Maryland county ravaged by addiction. Last April, County Executive Steve Schuh, flanked by police and fire chiefs, the health officer, state’s attorney and a woman named Jen Corbin – head of the county’s crisis response system – announced that …

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Taking steps towards recovery

Taking steps towards recovery

Recently I met a young woman named “Jen.”   After six years on the run, she is living in a female sober living house and testing her first weeks of sobriety.  Surrounded by women who are months and years ahead of her in recovery, she craves the strength and experience they provide to guide her each …

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