January 3, 2017

“HOW can I give up alcohol and drugs?”

The New York Times recently reported that so many people give up drinking alcohol as a New Year’s resolution that numerous Big Apple restaurants in the month of January are featuring “mocktails” on their menus – alcohol free cocktails.  Millions of Americans feel they have a health concern with regards to their use of alcohol and drugs, however for most this motivation for change often fades with time along with most other resolutions.

There is a difference between feeling that we abuse alcohol and that we are becoming dependent on happy hour to “take the edge off.”  Dependence on alcohol or drugs is medically understood as a disease of the brain related to one’s emotional life and mood regulation.  Thus, seeking a change in our dependence on alcohol or drugs is a resolution that entails much more than simply adding a walk around the block or passing on cake and ice cream.  Here we are called to appreciate that in addiction we face a power much grea...

November 24, 2016

Welcome!  This is my first blog post for Wildwood Farm and I couldn't think of a better day to start this new effort.  Here I've placed a picture of the midfield with the chicken coop to the left, the activities barn and the back of the farmhouse.  I am very thankful this holiday that Wildwood Farm has opened and become home to LGBTQ individuals seeking to restore their lives and establish themselves in their own recovery.  There are many things to be thankful for and so for this first blog I choose to reflect for a brief moment on the essential place of thanksgiving in recovery.

Each year Thanksgiving helps our nation refocus on the importance of gratitude.   Opposed to the daily grind of the workday, the topic of the day in the news cycle, and all of life's other distractions, today we are called to appreciate our blessings and good fortunes.  Gratitude for the fundamental gifts of life, liberty and a land of many opportunities has become our Thanksgiving standards...

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