LIFE IN RECOVERY FROM CRYSTAL METH, BOOZE & AIDS

Second Act

Shawn O'Shea

Shawn O'Shea
Location
San Francisco, California, United States
Birthday
June 25
Title
Producing Artistic Director
Company
Writing Man Productions
Bio
I'm just a simple guy who spent many years harming myself by drinking too much alcohol and ingesting too many illegal (and legal) drugs...particularly crystal-meth. I found myself walking back into a 12-step meeting on August 26, 2005 after a two year relapse. I have been on a healthy path of recovery ever since. I share my life here in the hopes that others who are struggling with their own addictions can find just a little bit of hope in what I go through on a daily basis as a clean and sober man. If you would like to talk, you can always find me on Skype....I will also accept any and all friend requests on FaceBook. (any and all postings in LIFE IN RECOVERY FROM CRYSTAL METH, BOOZE & AIDS may be reproduced in part and or in whole in any form of media conditional on the proper citation of the blog and its author)

MY RECENT POSTS

JANUARY 16, 2012 11:47PM

"KEN'S WRITING"

              Several postings ago in “Confessions, Fears & Kindness” I listed a number of my fears.  That list was only a partial inventory of the things that frighten me.

          &… Read full post »

JANUARY 13, 2012 5:19PM

READ THIS NOW, NOT LATER

              Procrastination has been my companion for as long as I can remember.

              Unfortunately, rarely in all the years we have been together has any good come my way from our rel… Read full post »

JANUARY 11, 2012 8:08PM

ONE-HUNDRED LAPS

              For the sake of simplicity, I’m just going to say that the following story takes place when I was 10years old.  In reality, I was somewhere between 9 & 13, but 10 is a nice round number, and I like round numbers.  Not to mentio… Read full post »

JANUARY 10, 2012 9:04PM

THE NEXT RIGHT THING

              One of the first things told to me when I came into recovery was, “when in doubt as to what to do next, just do the next right thing.”

              The trouble was, as… Read full post »

JANUARY 9, 2012 11:57PM

JUST ONE DRINK

              Within this past week, I attended a 12-step meeting in which the main speaker shared his inability while in active addiction to honor any promises he made to himself in regards to preventing his evenings out from becoming insane.  He would pr… Read full post »

JANUARY 6, 2012 10:18PM

TIME TO TELL

SHAWN THE SAILOR 

I enlisted in the United States Navy several years prior to the implementation of President Bill Clinton’s policy of “Don’t ask, don’t tell.”

I was eighteen years old when I began my service and, though I had been having sex with men for several years by t… Read full post »

JANUARY 5, 2012 9:12PM

CONFESSIONS, FEARS & KINDNESS

              I confess.

              I do not have a reputation for being the kindest person in the world.

              When I… Read full post »

JANUARY 4, 2012 8:46PM

THINKING OF MOM

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              Last night, after my Tuesday night writer’s group, I was asked by one of the members if I would be willing to have him take my portrait for a project he is doing.

          &nb… Read full post »

JANUARY 3, 2012 1:37AM

EXTRAORDINARY

SHAWN O'SHEA AS A CARTOON 

              It has been a long time since I have viewed the start of a new year as an extraordinary event.

Once I learned that time is merely a concept created by and perceived only by man (after all, how many months have been… Read full post »

DECEMBER 16, 2011 8:33PM

THANK YOU, RUTH BRINKER

Ruth Brinker 

            Today I learned of a sad event that happened this past August 8.

              Ruth Brinker, founder of Project Open Handpassed away peacefully at Eden Villa AssisteRead full post »

MAY 12, 2011 10:10PM

ALMOST PERFECT

                It has filled me with an indescribable level of pride and joy to have shared that I have had 100% compliance with my new HIV-med regimen which I began January 26.  However, due to that little pesky little… Read full post »

MAY 9, 2011 11:17PM

BUSY BUSY BUSY

                For a guy who vowed to take the first half of 2011 in order to focus purely on his healthcare – I sure got very busy very quickly!

            Read full post »

MAY 5, 2011 10:50PM

WELL - THAT'S NEW

          

MITCH

                My first sponsor in this sobriety was Mitch.

                Mit… Read full post »

MAY 2, 2011 8:58PM

BACK ON TRACK

                To refer to my life as “a train wreck” as it pertains to recent events would be a bit of a dramatic exaggeration.  Though if I am going to use a locomotive analogy, I think it would be fair to… Read full post »

APRIL 19, 2011 11:30PM

ALMOST FORGOTTEN

            

                April is my least favorite month.

                It&rsquo… Read full post »

APRIL 12, 2011 11:04PM

EMOTIONAL

                Some non-alcoholics/addicts believe that after 5½-years of sobriety I should have it all-together as it (whatever “it” is) pertains to my emotions and mental well-being.

   &nRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
APRIL 5, 2011 11:08PM

MY LEGS

                With the recent beautiful weather we have been having in San Francisco I have been thinking a lot about my legs.

                If my… Read full post »

APRIL 2, 2011 10:57PM

MY FATHER'S CARS

                Anyone who would attempt to build a personality profile of my father based solely on previous posts in this series would undoubtedly conclude that he was a cheat and a liar.  And he was – when he was… Read full post »

MARCH 31, 2011 2:52PM

TO THE ROOT

                My grandfather and I were close.  I would spend most every weekend during the school year and most of my summers at his house doing chores for which he paid very well (truthfully, the chores were just an e… Read full post »

MARCH 30, 2011 12:40PM

TIPEOGRAFIKAL ERRERS

                Its been brought to my attenshun recently that my bolg posts have had kwite a multiplude of missteakes.

                During the day… Read full post »

MARCH 26, 2011 8:03PM

THANK YOU

 

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                There has been someone with whom I have been communicating via the FaceBook chat feature.  Despite the mild interest on the parts of both parties to meet face to face, such an encoun… Read full post »

MARCH 25, 2011 8:27PM

MUSIC

                What do Lady Gaga, Madonna and Cher all have in common?

                Seriously!  I’m asking.  What – if anyth… Read full post »

MARCH 23, 2011 8:07PM

IMPORTANT THINGS

                Several mornings of the past two weeks have seen lines outside the local Apple Store extending up the block and around the corner; my guess is that it has been everyday of that time, but I can only speak for th… Read full post »

MARCH 21, 2011 7:00PM

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

                My cupboard was faithfully restocked the first of every month during the last nine or so months of my active addiction.  It wasn’t because I was trying to fool the world – or more accurately, m… Read full post »

MARCH 16, 2011 11:46PM

ENABLING

                My successes and my failures is directly relative to the tone of the internal messages I repeat to myself so when have a thought to do something (or not do something) I ask myself, is what I’m thinking en… Read full post »