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True Power

" True power does not need arrogance, a long beard and a barking voice. True power is attained with silk ribbons, charm and intelligence"

- Oriana Fallaci in "Il Divo"


Our Pain is Self-Chosen

"Our Pain Self-Chosen "

- Layne Staley
Lead singer of Alice in Chains/Mad Season

Layne was a graduate of my unit at Hazelden right before he completed the Mad Season self titled album. The autographed CD was framed on the wall for all of us to see. Already in my collection, I listened to it daily and learned to embrace the fact that I'm not in this battle alone. That was 2000. Layne lost his battle 4.20.2002.

We have a choice. We have to fight. Make that choice to get better. In order to survive, we need to keep moving. Make that effort to keep going. Because in the end, our pain IS self-chosen.


Graeme Cowan said...

Hi Greg,
I'm Graeme Cowan from Sydney Australia. Just before Christmas, I think you may have received an email from Cindy Specht from DBSA about a book I am doing in partnership with them.

I was wondering if I may be able to speak with you to explain a bit more about it and answer questions you may have. I can be contacted at

Kind Regards

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