The spirits and prayer (Caleb)

In spite of where I am and the position I’ve put myself in I feel optimistic about my life. ​Sometimes it’s hard, but because of my understanding of the Medicine Path, I can navigate situations l...

The Net Was Not There (Caleb)

I bear the primary responsibility for my actions. During my last relapse, it was I who left the recovery house. I picked up drugs at 4 am. I didn’t fight for myself.But recovery is not just a matter o...

Have I Lost My Ability to Believe?

Caleb, my son, is back in jail.After a three-month “run” on heroin, cocaine and other cocktails, he was picked up on a breach of the conditions of his release. No new charges; only the past with which...

Making It Through the Hard Times

People ask: How do you manage to keep (relatively) stable during tough times with the family?The question led to these five axioms.1. Distinguish Between What I Can Impact or Control From What Impacts...

For God’s Sake, What About Mercy?

To love an addict raises a lot of questions for a Christian. To love poses not only emotional and spiritual challenges but also requires, as my friend Allan Tysick says, ‘wrassling with the faith.’Ope...

Waiting for News While On the Edge

The tide was out, and the gulls were quiet, floating just offshore of Rathtrevor Beach. The tide would turn soon but, at this moment, the air was fresh, scented with just a tinge of seaweed, the breez...

Staying Afloat in Waves of Grief

Twice in four days I turned for a last look, once knowing I would never see her again, the other wondering if this was my last glimpse of him.Two weeks ago Thursday night, my wife Gaye and I saw Caleb...