Category: The Recovery Word

Loves and Lives Lost

June 3, 2022 By Aaron Young

I began this blog before the Uvalde, Texas, mass shooting. This horrible event, involving young school children, got much world attention. History reports that mass shootings scatter people, and then bring them together. Survivors gather in mutual and sustaining support. From history and now today, we hear the words— together we shall… Uvalde is over 80% Hispanic with a Hispanic shooter. It is a small community with interlocking family, friends, and relatives. A faith-based community that has community heritage and bonds. A sense of common purpose brings order, fellowship, and brings understanding, love, and care for fellow beings.  “Lean into the future—complaining isn’t a strategy.” Jeff Bezos.

Alcohol Awareness Month

May 6, 2022 By Aaron Young

On February 27, I celebrated my 90th year on the planet.  In all the years, alcohol was my only drug of choice.  It served me well until it didn’t. Upon my return to California in 2019 we started a new non-profit called The Purpose of Recovery.  As I finished research, I noted that Alcohol Awareness was being diminished by all else going on. As I did some research, I determined to edit language to feature alcohol. What I noted is that my language works in any month. I have been active in the recovery movement for many years.  Ok, who do we help and what do we ask them to say about alcohol? Particularly, how do we guide their research on talking to kids.?

One Factor To Address Many Louisville Citizens’ Concerns

April 29, 2022 By Aaron Young

A 2021 report in the Courier Journal listed the concerns of Louisvillians.

The recent attempt on the life of one mayoral candidate has affixed that issue in a noticeable way for him and many others.

A national survey by the Pew Research Center study from the same year listed a wider list but overlapping items including Education (58%), Crime (52%) Criminal Justice (45%). The Pew list also noted Healthcare Costs (61%), Jobs (52%), and Poverty (44%).  One item ranking low on the Pew Research list would make a substantial contribution to at least eight of these issues – treating and reducing addiction and substance abuse.

Nor Is It A Bright Line

April 1, 2022 By Aaron Young

Recently we wrote that the popular view of addiction in America is misinformed. The impression that addiction to alcohol and drugs is a problem for the homeless portrays only a fraction of alcohol and drug use, abuse and addiction. What does substance use, abuse and addiction look like? There isn’t a bright line; it isn’t that simple.


February 11, 2022 By Aaron Young

Vim: energy and enthusiasm.: Vigor: mental and moral strength. Virtualocity: The ability to move about among faces and places for learning opportunities. With vim and vigor, I can always go there, without leaving my chair and absorb things to share. I don’t forget diet and exercise, spiritual imperfection, and knowing real recovery.

The World is Upside Down

December 31, 2021 By Aaron Young

In order to write a worthwhile little, I have to watch, listen and read a lot. I look for other’s words to capture, contemplate, and pass along. I saw a quote from Oprah that said. “The world is upside down” The context related to a tragic incident of lawlessness but had broad application. Perception is in the eye of the beholder. Drugs drive crime in multiple ways. I thought of a familiar statement and changed it to fit the moment. Ask not what drugs will do for you, but what you will do for drugs.