Category Archives: Family & Addiction

Would You Rather Be Right or Would You Rather Be Happy?

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” ~Lao Tzu Internally, deep down, many people have the experience that they are damaged, broken, “not good enough,” or simply “not enough.” Such thoughts and the … Continue reading

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Writing from the front lines of alcoholism

Frances Simone is a professor emeritus of Marshall University’s South Charleston campus. Central Recovery Press recently published her memoir, “Dark Wine Waters: My Husband of a Thousand Joys and Sorrows.” She talked to the Gazette about the book, which recounts … Continue reading

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Disorderly Eating

Actor Robyn Cruze-Harrington looks back on the moment that changed the course of her 18-year battle with food. “You are the big fat liar!” I declared, holding my fork mid-air. “I will eat this chicken. I will not purge, starve, … Continue reading

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DARK WINE WATERS reviewed in The Library Journal

Simone, Frances. Dark Wine Waters: Central Recovery. Jul. 2014. 224p. ISBN 9781937612641. pap. $15.95 Simone’s (Professor Emeritus, Marshall Univ., Huntington, WV) memoir begins when she meets her husband, Terry, after she takes a risk and calls a guy she’s never … Continue reading

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What’s My Book About?

Recently I attended a session at a writing conference which focused on ways to publicize and market a book. Since my first book was about to be published I was all ears. The workshop leader addressed marketing essentials. First and … Continue reading

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Addiction to Scary Thinking     

I’ve been much more aware of my thinking as recovery progresses. The slogan, “I came for the drinking but stayed for my thinking” is very true. Even with all—or most—addictions removed it’s my thinking that causes me trouble. I write … Continue reading

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Husband of Joys and Sorrows

A long war with a loved one’s addiction Published on June 17, 2014 by PT Blogs in The Guest Room By Fran Simone Alcoholism, widely recognized as a wasteland that sucks addicts and their loved ones dry, is a disease … Continue reading

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Any Amount and Anytime

Sometimes the little things turn out to be the big things. We know this about relationships. That remark on the first date. The joke made about the ex. The comment about a former boss. Later, we look back and sigh; … Continue reading

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Spreading the Word

God — Higher Power, The Great I AM, Yahweh, whatever name we choose to endow the power greater of ourselves in the Universe — does work in mysterious ways. Two evenings ago, I attended my first Nar-Anon meeting a mere … Continue reading

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Boundaries Make Good Recovery

When we were using we didn’t have good boundaries. In early recovery we experienced them being set for us. Then, in later recovery we learned to set them as we began to practice self-care. In “Out of the Woods” I … Continue reading

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