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...

Fries or Cocaine?

How hard is it to change your life?Not very. And extremely. Depending on the issue, my actions span the spectrum.Add a chocolate bar and a gelato to my daily routine, not a problem. Stopping that prac...

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...

What To Do With Hurtful Memories

Grappling with the past is no small matter.For some families, memories are the mortar that binds them together; for others, different interpretations act like the explosive C4, detonating at inappropr...

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...

If I relapse…. (Caleb)

Caleb was released into a native recovery house the middle of May. I talked with him by phone on May 16th. He sounded positive and happy. When Gaye and I arrived home from vacation nine days late...