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Bill W.

Palm Beach County, Florida
Hi, My name is Bill. I?m an alcoholic, addict and codependent. My sobriety date is September... Full Bio
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Oh For God’s Sake, Lighten Up! by Bill W. Health Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism Most of us addicts became isolated from others, unable to relate to them in healthy ways. We either tried too hard, or not hard enough. When we found ourselves faili ... Read on »
Being Vulnerable by Bill W. Health Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism One of the main reasons we have problems in early recovery is our inability to be open and honest with others. Most of us have spent a good part of our lives hiding on ... Read on »
Perdue Pharma – Premier Pushers by Bill W. Health Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism A pernicious distinction of the first decade of the 21st century was the rise in painki ller abuse, which ultimately led to a catastrophic increase in addicts, fatal ... Read on »
Human Being, or Human Doing? by Bill W. Health Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism In addiction we were always busy.   We were acting out,  recovering from acting out,  waiting for the next chance to use,  preparing to act out,  using,  etc. ... Read on »
Recapturing Our Sense Of Fun by Bill W. Health Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism As our addictions progressed, we lost our zest for life. Some of us, depending on our childhood experiences, didn’t have much to begin with, but for sure as our n ... Read on »
Book Larnin’ by Bill W. Health Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism Sometimes intellect can be a form of denial. (Trust me on that, I know from experience.) Our intellectual pride can tell us that we have to know all the details ab ... Read on »
Shades Of Gray by Bill W. Health Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism by Bill A poor self-image is connected to low self-esteem, and self-image is one of the biggest negative issues in recovery.  In order to recover, we need to avoid ... Read on »
Help for Relationship Addicts by Bill W. Health Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism I was at a meeting last night where (for reasons that escape me) the ladies outnumbered the gentlemen by a noticeable margin. It was cool. It was also remarkable how t ... Read on »
Eternal Vigilance by Bill W. Health Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism By Bill Someone once said that “Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom,”  and nowhere is that more true than in recovery – –  especially in early recovery. Our ... Read on »
Creativity in Recovery by Bill W. Health Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism All human beings have a creative side. It may be art, dance, custom cars, writing, cooking, photography, building cabinets, poetry, carving wood, music, gardening or ... Read on »
Aw shit… by Bill W. Health Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism Sometimes it seems that you can’t win for losing…and yet, as the old Chinese saying goes, “Who knows what’s good; who knows what’s bad?” The vet tells us t ... Read on »
Devil or Angel? — kittens and other addictions by Bill W. Health Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism DEVIL OR ANGEL? “Oh, wow! What a great ping-pong ball!” “Omigosh! Look at the great box!” “Omigod! Omigod! Omigod! The people are home!” “Hot damn! ... Read on »
Turtles by Bill W. Health Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism There’s a story that turns up regularly in books about Buddhism and other Eastern religions.  It seems that a king was intensely interested in understanding his faith, ... Read on »
When Will I Be Ready For A Relationship? by Bill W. Health Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism One of the most common questions we hear from people in early recovery is, “How long before I can have a relationship.”  Answers in the rooms of recovery tend to vary, ... Read on »
Willpower by Bill W. Health Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism by Bill Willpower, the idea that we can do things just because we want to, is magical thinking and has no place in recovery.  No one is in a better position to und ... Read on »
Recovery Can Scare The Bejeezus Out Of You! by Bill W. Health Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism by Bill Recovery can be really scary when we suddenly discover that we’re becoming someone else.  We know how to be addicts.  We know how to weasel, lie, beg, borr ... Read on »
The Long Way Home by Bill W. Health Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism Sometimes, I admit, I wish I could just turn my face to the wall, fall asleep for three months and wake up to learn how everything turned out. Just let the scene cha ... Read on »
Social Agreements In Recovery by Bill W. Health Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism Although we’re not usually aware of it, the world runs on social agreements.  Red lights don’t stop cars.  They stop because our society agrees that (a.) intersections ... Read on »
K.I.S.S. (Relax a little, too) by Bill W. Health Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alcoholism Sometimes we make recovery more complicated than it needs to be.  As addicts, we’re accustomed to instant gratification from our acting out.  We aren’t used to the con ... Read on »