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The navigating of people; the safety of cats.

J.D returns after three weeks absence with an apology, as well as an insight into how work can make one dilly. Is he being silly? Answer: cats! I’m sorry I haven’t written in awhile. Work, work work, has just been so hectic. It’s good to be busy, but there’s also a point where it’s a […]

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Success in addiction

Success in addiction recovery: Moving on, moving on.

Success in addiction and Recovering from addiction can have its ups and downs. But success in addiction recovery means things inevitably start working out. Like for J.D. This past week, he’s come to the end of his three-month contract at work. And they called him in for a meeting about his future there… Last week […]

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Buy Now, Pay Later: The Next Gen Addiction

Buy Now, Pay Later: The Next Gen Addiction

J.D., living a life free from addiction as he is, has to still deal with the difficulties. Such as addictions to things we ‘trust’, like apps designed to make us spend and spend and spend… the next gen addiction! What difficulties? People. I’ve been at my job for now over two months. And while I […]

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High Life

Addicted to the High Life.

Sunday, bleedy Sunday. High Life, It’s Sunday. I love Sundays, normally, I sleep in. Till late. Late late. Like 11. I couldn’t this Sunday, as I had an event. So I woke up at 10, and a piece of me died inside. Of course, some might say, it isn’t very Recovery to sleep in so […]

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Addiction to toxic masculinity: the cost of a drug of machismo

J.D looks at toxic masculinity this week, and his personal experiences from it. It’s not pretty. So who is to inspire against this ugliness? A symbol for all men. Addiction to toxic masculinity: the cost of a drug of machismo Captain America grew up as a weakling. Did you ever watch the movie? He’s like Gollum. […]

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Life free from addiction: what is Reality?

There’s this guy I know from high school. A life free from addiction – On Friday, he made the headlines of one of our national papers. And not in a good way. He stands accused of sexual harassment by quite a few young ladies. See, he’s the co-founder and one of the leaders of an […]

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Addicted to the High Life.

Sunday, bleedy Sunday. High Life, It’s Sunday. I love Sundays, normally, I sleep in. Till late. Late late. Like 11. I couldn’t this Sunday, as I had an event. So I woke up at 10, and a piece of me died inside. Of course, some might say, it isn’t very Recovery to sleep in so […]

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How to cope with everyday stresses that cause cravings for drugs.  

Stress – Relapses happen. Often. It’s not uncommon in the first few days or weeks of addiction recovery. It’s not uncommon within the first few hours, either. Why? Well, it’s called ‘Life on Life’s Terms’ by the addiction recovery fellowships. What that translates to is: stress. High levels of stress are probably the most dangerous […]

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Demons of Drugs, Demons of Addiction Recovery

We all face personal demons, whether through drug or alcohol abuse, or the negative thinking that we’re not good enough. J.D faces his demons when he finally gets the opportunity to get a great job… And this week he finds out if he got it… I’ve a demon inside me. As Houghton House has taught, […]

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JD's Blog the Leviathan

Addict or Alcoholic Why do we suffer? For what reason were we born into the world, if it meant we faced pain? In the Bible, the Leviathan is a mythical beast of terrifying nature. Much like how drugs and alcohol become sources of terror for addicts. Addiction leads to suffering, but this week J.D wonders […]

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Wings of Fury: trying to quit the addict’s fear habit.

Addicts experience a lot of fear because of drugs and alcohol. So what’s recovery like? It depends who you ask, because this week J.D proves to be a wimp when confronted with a stinging issue. Recovery is about doing things differently. No longer living in fear is one of them. I no longer fear flashing […]

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The Next Big Step (in drug addiction recovery).

The Next Big Step (in drug addiction recovery).

J.D leaves the halfway house this week, to take charge of his life. And in the recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, he really steps up to it. With a Stepper. Plus kung fu! Sort of! So it was adios, amigos to the halfway house I’ve been staying at for over one year four months […]

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Creative without Drugs

How to be creative without drugs or alcohol.

“Oh, how will I ever be creative without drugs?”… …whine some recovering addicts. Well, creativity isn’t rocket science and the only fuel you need is already in you, says J.D this week. It’s one of those artist clichés. The great creatively-inclined minds imbibed on mystical juices in order to get creative. It’s also a myth. […]

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The Room before the darkness of drug addiction

J.D uses weird, poetic metaphor to juxtapose the innocence he had as a young child to the hard-bitten cynicism of and darkness of drug addiction. But it ends on hope, so chill y’all. I remembered the room. Small room. I think. Hard to remember. Some chiming tune. Swirling elephant shapes. A horse too. They were […]

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Everyday addictions

I’m hooked, man. I’m nailing Netflix. I snorting the online stores. I’m smoking the pages of best-selling paperbacks, I’m turning them so fast. I’m addicted to everyday addictions. And so, probably, are you. Have you seen the new Netflix show Ninjas? Oh. Em. Gee. I cannot get enough of this. It’s kind of got that […]

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God, Cancer, and Keeping Clean from Drugs & Alcohol.

Clean from Drugs. They say pray for a miracle. Houghton House is the miracle in active addiction. But with cancer in the family, who did I pray to? Anyone who would listen. And it seems someone did. My cat is tearing up a newspaper. I’m not sure why, but I suspect he doesn’t like bad […]

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The greed of addiction; the hope of recovery.

The views expressed in this blog are of the author only, who is not a direct employee of Houghton House. This blog is about his experiences and perceptions in the course of his life, and should not be construed as being the opinion or stance of Houghton House, especially on matters relating to politics.   […]

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Life Without Drugs: The Romance of Rain

Life Without Drugs: The Romance of Rain

A life without drug’s doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, it’s far more exciting: I’m driving into Sandton. My heart is a rabid drum on speed. My stomach is bubbling and toiling, an ocean rocked by a typhoon. Hands slick with sweat, even in the air-conditioned cabin of my car. She’s just a carnie […]

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I think I’m paranoid (The Don’t Need Drugs Edition)

I think I’m paranoid (The Don’t Need Drugs Edition)

My therapist thinks I’m paranoid. At least, I think she thinks I’m paranoid. I discuss perfectly reasonable conspiracies against me, and she leans back in her chair, her fingers entwined, and keeps as expressionless as possible. Hmmm… That’s what she’s thinking. Hmmm… I can hear the hmmm from across the room. In the recesses of […]

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The spectre that haunts substance abuse.

The Spectre that Haunts Substance Abuse

You’re never alone when you’re abusing drugs and alcohol. Even when you’re holed up in your home, snorting away narcotics in a darkened corner of the house. It’s like this old joke I just made up: A guy sits at a bar, nursing his whiskey. Suddenly, the thick, wooden door opens, and striding inside is […]

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Substance Abuse is like Relationships. And Relationships are Hectic!

Substance Abuse is like Relationships. And Relationships are Hectic!

Relationships. Don’t get me started. Oh well, too late. I’ve been thinking about relationships this past week.  My excellent therapist,  one of Houghton House’s counselling team, and I discussed the next stage in my recovery. Women. Or at least one. The One. She’s out there, according to some rather optimistic beliefs. The soul mate who, […]

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Addiction Recovery: Just be Patient

Addiction Recovery: Just be Patient

So, patience has never been my strong suit. Even in Houghton House as a patient, while undergoing treatment, patience was a short-supplied commodity. This past week has been a culmination of trying to exercise patience and delay my need for instant gratification. Antarctica Dreams.  It’s hard to focus on writing when your computer is melting […]

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We’re off to see the Wizard…

Hypnosis, man, is the art of making people do dumb sh!t on stage. A subject I explored when I visited my sister this week, while she sat on her sofa recovering from chemo, and we reminisced about a childhood experience we shared. Her kids at their grandmother’s, we had some time to catch up. And […]

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Addiction Recovery Reflections: The New Lightness of Being.

Addiction Recovery Reflections: The New Lightness of Being.

What a year 2017 has been. It certainly ended off with a metaphorical bang: for five edge-of-your-seat days, the ANC 54 Conference took place, and the entire country sat to embrace the tumultuous leadership battle’s climax. Obviously, I have my own views, but this isn’t a political blog so no expounding here. I will say […]

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Tales of Addiction Recovery: War of the Worms

Tales of Addiction Recovery: War of the Worms

The War of the Worms Tales of Addiction Recovery: Watching my sister getting thinner and thinner is an ordeal. She’s a wisp of a wind now. The chemo makes her so tired, she’s near constantly asleep. I’m tired too. The year that’s been has taken a lot out of me. I’m plagued by a kind […]

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Addiction Recovery can be Difficult without Support

Addiction Recovery can be Difficult without Support.

  Don’t Do Cat. Adopt Cat. The cat’s out the bag. That’s my mother’s favourite joke. She found a bag of what she thought was salt in my room, many, many years ago. It was when I still lived with her. She came into my room when I wasn’t there to make sure the heater […]

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The Sugary Addiction is Breaking Down the Gate

The Sugar Addiction is Breaking Down the Gate

The Sugar Addiction is Breaking Down the Gate Back in Ancient and Medieval times, certain sights had a way of instilling grievous fear. Imagine, if you will, seeing a blackened cloud on the horizon. On a completely sunny day. The cloud is rapidly approaching. Its bolts of lightning, if you can see any, would be […]

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Life on Life’s Terms in Addiction Recovery

Life on Life’s Terms in Addiction Recovery

Life on Life’s Terms in Addiction Recovery My sister straightens her hair. It’s her little secret. Obviously, miles better than my former secret of using drugs and drinking copious amounts of alcohol. Her natural hair is like a thorn bush. She also has a couple of wigs, that look just like her natural hair, amber […]

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Swapping the Wilderness of Drug Addiction for the Wilds of South Africa

Swapping the Wilderness of Drug Addiction for the Wilds of South Africa

Swapping the wilderness of drug addiction for the wilds of South Africa Lying in the early morning sun, the hyena gazed at us deceptively docilely. Her cub was mewling for milk sweetly, pushing against her furred body. They looked cute enough for a Japanese Hello Hyeny merchandise catalogue. Obviously, I resisted the suicidal urge to […]

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The Heroes who keep me from getting high on drugs.

The Heroes who keep me from getting high on drugs.

 The Heroes who keep me from getting high on drugs “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Coach Carter, Denzel Washington Dashingly feisty, she swiftly swings her light saber with the raw power of the Force against a dark, shrouded nemesis. Zhzhzhzhzhz sounds […]

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Kung Foolery and the Art of Addiction Recovery

Kung Foolery and the Art of Addiction Recovery

Kung Foolery and the Art of Addiction Recovery The mantis spreads its forearms. The snake coils itself up to strike. The tiger tightens its muscles, preparing to launch. The crane kicked ass in The Karate Kid. And the monkey broke into the Shaolin Temple’s winery, and is now doing fancy missteps like a true drunken […]

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Addiction, the discord of life. Recovery, the harmony of hope.

Addiction, the discord of life. Recovery, the harmony of hope.

Addiction, the discord of life. Recovery, the harmony of hope. We lose a lot in active addiction. We suffer woes to our finances, our careers, our relationships. We lose time. This week, J.D contemplates how we can use recovery to compose a new story for ourselves. Armelle’s silken-spun blonde hair flicked with the motion of […]

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The choices we make in addiction recovery based on childhood memories

Wolf or Man: the choices we make in addiction and in recovery.

Wolf or Man: the choices we make in addiction and in recovery. What do our favourite characters from childhood have to do with the drugs and alcohol killing our inner child? And why does one of Houghton House’s directors carry a wand? J.D investigates this week. Through a wolf. With a mouse. I’m a sheriff. […]

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Active Addiction and True Friendship

Active Addiction and True Friendship in recovery

So long, and thanks for the memories in recovery. J.D had “friends” in active addiction, but being free from drugs brought him true friendship in recovery, one of whom he said goodbye to this week. In active addiction, I met a lot of people I thought were my friends. My best friend was my drug […]

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Tales of Active Addiction: Madness of the Ninja Poet

J.D recounts an episode of his active addiction, one that led to him getting the help he needed. Poetry recitals don’t get more bizarre than this. I was standing in my entrance hall with just jeans on, brandishing a samurai sword while spitting angry stanzas at the front door. I was swinging the sword in […]

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Matrix of Addiction

Going Into The Matrix of Addiction

“Denial is a big part of drug matrix of addiction. And I certainly deluded myself a lot during active addiction. What I believed of myself. And what I believed of others, which included being deeply distrustful.” by J.D In The Matrix, young hacker Neo is in search of the truth about the world he lives […]

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Active Addiction

My Shield Against the Demons of Active Addiction.

  by J.D A mass of demons, far as one can see. Glimmering malice in their eyes as they rush forward, relentlessly charging. But before them, stands a single man. Muscular, blue, spandex costume, with an iconic five-pointed star on his barrelled chest, Captain America swings his arm, and in a blinding speed, his large […]

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JD's Blog on Addiction & Recovery

An Addict’s Journey in their Recovery from Addiction

Welcome to Houghton House’s new blog, which features an addict’s journey in their recovery from addiction, as written by recovering addict J.D. Every week, he’ll regal personal experiences and insights as he makes his way through a life of sobriety. Disclaimer  Winter Has Gone    God knows what Season 7’s epic finale will bring (I […]

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