Forgiveness in Recovery by Ken Montrose
- The people we hope will forgive us don’t have to.
- Seeing the other person’s point of view isn’t always easy, our point of view may not be easy for them to see.
- We do well to practice the AA slogan to clean your side of the street.
- Forgiveness is a wonderful gift, but one we may have to give judiciously.
- Part of recovery is learning to forgive ourselves.
About the author of Forgiveness in Recovery, Ken Montrose:
I did a lot of personal research into the life of an alcoholic. The last time I had a drink I made an illegal left turn at 3:00 a.m., hitting a county sheriff. I was $35K in debt. I had just gotten kicked out of my Ph.D. program. My divorce was a month from being final. I lived in an apartment with no furniture. My cat was blind.
When Even the Voices are Hungover
I learned about mental illness by spending ten years helping people with schizophrenia overcome addiction. We’d talk about why partying with the voices was a bad idea, or the importance of not mixing Prolixin with crack. I was humbled by folks who stayed sober despite delusions, paranoia, hospitalizations, and horrible medication side effects.
I started writing when I was in my early thirties. I wrote Dancing With Rachel in 1995, got a literary agent, and became an expert on rejection letters. Greenbriar Treatment Center asked me to write the workbooks we gave to patients. We began selling them online and at conferences, where they were very well received.
I have a wife and two children. They amaze me every day. I work at a rehab. The people there amaze me as well. Much of what I write is inspired by their struggles. I am working on another daily meditation book for recovering addicts, a series of short stories, and a novella about the clash between a shadow government, the real government, and people forced to take sides.