Choosing Your Friends Wisely in Recovery


Where’s Waldo? Yoga class at the Lakeview Health Professional’s Weekend last year…


I am often surprised and moved by a single, simple sentence. I was talking to Kristin yesterday and she was telling me about her positive experiences with yoga. I know yoga is good for many things, including centering the breathing and the mind of the recovering addict. But the simple sentence I keep thinking about, is when Kristin said,”When you go out with healthy people – like the people I meet in Yoga classes, you don’t have to explain why you’re not ordering a martini at lunch…”


Yes. They order water because they want water… I spend a lot of time telling recovering alcoholics how to negotiate office parties or booze fueled hootenannies. I forget to tell people to reach out to a group of friends who are not inclined to play beer-pong on the dining room table on a Saturday night.


I do not think you should try to make a world for yourself where noone drinks –  with a slogan like “Temperance in a Tipsy World” I obviously feel that is an unreasonable expectation. But the more you find yourself in the company of those who “DO” instead of “DRINK” the easier your sober lifestyle will become…



Addiction Recovery – 12 Good Reasons to Take a Hike


Today I’m not drinking because I am going to a yoga class (well not really – not yet anyway, but my best friend is a teetotaler…)


How come you’re not drinking?