Lessons In Taking Things One Day At A Time, From People In Recovery

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By Zachary Siegel

Original Source: slate.com

Isolation presents a particular challenge for people living with addictions. But the tools that got them to this point are relevant to everyone now.

The late chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain often described free time as his mortal enemy. “There’s a guy inside me who wants to lay in bed, and smoke weed all day, and watch cartoons and old movies,” he once told Men’s Journal. “My whole life is a series of stratagems to avoid, and outwit, that guy.” Bourdain wasn’t shy about his darker appetites, including his decades long addiction to cocaine and heroin. Momentum was his main strategy to outwit that guy inside him who liked to indulge. So he was always in motion, pouring himself into work, maintaining hellish travel itineraries to create smart TV.

“If I’m given too much free time to contemplate the mysteries of the universe,” Bourdain said, “I’m afraid of that inner hippie emerging.”

I’ve been thinking about Bourdain, because I’ve been wondering how he’d be coping with shelter-in-place orders if he were still around. Surely, his coping strategy would be…click here to continue reading

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