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A Work in Progress Addiction Blog

When we first come into recovery, there is so much new information for us to digest. Often times, we become overwhelmed with all there is to learn, remember, and apply. It can help us to journal our thoughts and feelings, and revisit them often. It also helps to listen to the perspective of others, and learn from their experience, strength, and hope.

The area below is part of our website where we share information that has been helpful to us in recovery. We want to share this information with you in hopes that it will help you find healing in your recovery too. Also from time to time, we will be sharing information about what is happening with A Work in Progress.

As always, we are available to speak with you and answer any questions you have about A Work in Progress, the recovery process, or any of the information you read on this website. Please contact us at (818) 633-1719 to speak with someone directly, or you may use the form on our Contact page to email us.

My First Christmas as a Sober Woman at A Work in Progress

By Penny F. at A Work in Progress.

The holidays can be a challenging time, for even the healthiest of families. Images of Norman Rockwell’s Christmas lead us to believe that the holidays should be the perfect picture of love and togetherness. And, while that may be true for some folks, it’s certainly not true for mine.

Memories of my father drinking way too much brandy and eggnog and blasting holiday music, my Mother, wrapping presents at the last minute on Christmas and even wrapping her own presents from my Father (that she had purchased for herself) created a chaos that I didn’t yet have words for. It would be years later that I learned it was alcoholism and codependence.

And then I became the alcoholic. Or, I would switch roles occasionally and was the dry drunk and a controlling codependent, attempting to recreate a perfect holiday experience that never existed. Either way, I could not bear to feel my feelings and be in the present moment, and I drove everyone crazy.


A Big Thanks to Carrillo's Mexican Deli in Winnetka

The residents and managers at A Work In Progress want to offer a huge thanks to Carrillo's Mexican Deli on Sherman Way in Winnetka. Carrillo's recently donated rice, beans, flour tortillas and a dozen tamales for dinner to our home.

Carrillo's offers affordable food at a great price, but it's their kind hearts and generosity that make the restaurant amazing. We highly recommend them! Please support this great establishment.

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Located in Chatsworth/San Fernando Valley
At the cross of Lassen St. & Topanga Canyon Blvd.

(818) 633-1719

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