Only 12 Steps to My Sober Paradise?

I do not actively attend meetings of 12 Steps groups for either of my addictions at the moment. My evolution in recovery is one that they are not necessary for me anymore. But for those who ask, here's my story/experience with them. I believe some people are wired to take to programs like Alcoholics Anonymous…

Think Addiction and Bipolar Disorder aren’t Connected? Think Again.

Quite often when I’m doing interviews, I’m asked about the connection between my bipolar disorder and my alcoholism and pornography addiction. I’ve always felt like there was some link between the two, but I finally did a little research to confirm it. As it turns out, there’s a huge link. Bipolar disorder, which has made…

The Piece of Advice that Stopped Me From Relapsing

I’ve mentioned several times that I’ve never relapsed. I’m very proud of that fact, although I think it speaks to my self-centered stubbornness more than anything else. It’s nice that personality trait has finally paid off. I also think my obsessive nature toward statistics constantly reminds me that I’d be into my 50s before I’d…

Guest Blog: Understanding Depression During Addiction Recovery

Note from Josh: While I take an extended break this summer, I wanted to provide some kind of content, so Patrick Bailey was once again nice enough to contribute several entries you'll read over the next few weeks. By Patrick Bailey People who have gone through withdrawal or have witnessed someone suffer because of addiction…