Jen’s Blog: Staying recovered

Early Recovery Journal Entries

Posted by on August 3, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Early Recovery Journal Entries

Journal entries from my early recovery I came across an old journal that I kept in early recovery at the request of a mentor. I haven’t seen this is nearly fifteen years. I found it quite interesting. I’m filled with gratitude that I don’t have to live in  despair anymore, that I’ve found a new way of life, a pathway of recovery that has opened my world and my heart. Entry 1 ~ I’ve spent a good portion of my life seeking insanity, anything bizarre, unusual, or different I embraced and indulged in. Living on...

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Not Drinking in Cuba

Posted by on February 11, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Not Drinking in Cuba

Not drinking in Cuba, by Jen Palo. I went to Cuba and I didn’t drink. Woo Hoo! The mojitos were free flowing everywhere. Sexy Latino bartenders expertly combined the Cuban rum, sugarcane, lime juice and basil, topped with a citrus garnish and sometimes adding the forever loved umbrella. At least, I think it’s made with basil, maybe its mint. I thought for a moment that I should look it up but I have no business knowing how drinks are made these days. Not a healthy place to exert my energy. Figuring out how to get to Cuba- now that took...

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Fuck Everything and Blame Everyone

Posted by on November 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Fuck Everything and Blame Everyone

Written by Alex Pareene, senior editor at Deadspin. Blame white people. Blame white men in particular, but reserve plenty of blame for white women. Blame old people, too. Blame rich people, as always. Blame the public at large for Donald fucking Trump getting more votes than Donald Duck. Democracy enacts the will of the public; this is what the public wants.  Blame the Founders for enshrining white supremacy in our constitution and making it nearly impossible to fully expunge. Blame a political system that advantages rural areas at the...

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Caribbean Recovery.

Posted by on November 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Caribbean Recovery.

by Jen Smith. Myself, my honey and two other couples were milling around on a street corner in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was hot, but enjoyably hot, at least for me. I really can’t speak for the others, although no one was complaining about it so that was a good sign. Across the street was the harbor where we’d be boarding our cruise ship when it arrived tomorrow. The light pastel colored buildings, old Spanish style houses, clean streets and well maintained greenery made for a pleasant back drop to the street corner. I wasn’t...

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The Other Side of Andover Massachusetts

Posted by on June 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I honor these kids for their courage to speek up about addiction in their town and in their life. By DEBORAH BECKER and SHANNON DOOLING BOSTON With many high schoolers marking this time of year with caps and gowns and plans for college, a recent Andover High School graduate is trying to draw attention to those young people who are not. And they’re not because of opioid addiction. Kaegan Casey’s senior project is an 87-minute documentary titled “The Other Side of Andover Massachusetts.” He joined Morning Edition to talk about...

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End Stigma against Medically Assisted Recovery

Posted by on March 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

End Stigma against Medically Assisted Recovery

By Joseph Markman. The Enterprise. Posted Mar. 24, 2015 at 2:24 AM Updated at 2:43 AM Paul grew up in a middle class family and earned a college degree. He has worked as a professional on the South Shore for the last 20 years. His story, by now, is familiar. In his early 30s, Paul went into the hospital for surgery and came out with a 30-day prescription for OxyContin, a powerful painkiller containing oxycodone. Back then, in the late 1990s, OxyContin was new to the market and easily abused. Paul used his supply and went back for more....

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Neuroscience and addiction

Posted by on October 23, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Neuroscience and addiction

I like to consider myself well versed on drugs and recovery. My knowledge of both of these contradicting topics comes from self-discovery and exploration. I know drugs from doing them and I know recovery through the study and participation in the 12-step recovery programs along with more recent study of other people’s recovery paths through my work as a recovery coach. But what is neuroscience and what can it explain about addiction? This is an area I have never explored. Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system which is the brain,...

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No Complaining

Posted by on October 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

No Complaining

by Jen Smith: I’ve been reading Joe Vitale’s new book ‘The Awakening Course’.  I’m always up for a new trick or two to help me be happy.  Happiness and feeling good has been a life long endeavor for me.  Drugs and alcohol used to be my only source of feeling good, ‘Better living through chemistry’ was my motto.  Selecting the right mix of drugs, the right amounts, in the right order was an art form I took very seriously, until drugs completely stopped working and nearly destroyed my life.  But my pursuit of happiness...

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What is a recovery coach?

Posted by on June 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

What is a recovery coach?

By: Jen Smith In the last few years I have been asked if I was interested in becoming a recovery coach on more than one occasion. Since my plate was full with a demanding job, family, and service commitments to my twelve step fellowship, I easily declined. This past year I have been mostly unemployed trying to find my place in the world when again one of my best buds nonchalantly said, “Why don’t you become a recovery coach.” Ok message heard this time so I sought out another best bud that could hook me up with this recovery coach thing....

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Will I Ever Learn to Play Nice in the Sandbox?

Posted by on May 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Will I Ever Learn to Play Nice in the Sandbox?

By Jen Smith: Every adventure in my life usually comes with a new set of people I’m expected to interact with in a healthy considerate way. Much easier said than done for this self-centered alcoholic. When I’m in charge and everyone is doing exactly what I think they should be doing everything is peachy keen but unfortunately I only rarely enjoy glimpses of such nirvana. Usually what reality dishes out is situations in which I’m not in charge and I’m forced to listen to others instructions and expectations of how I’m supposed to...

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