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Michael Palma

Michael Palma is a drug addict in recovery who is passionate about recovery and recently has taken to writing about his own experience, strength, and hope and hopes to share this with as many people in recovery as he can. He has been a professional jazz pianist for over 20 years. He has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Cobb (drummer for Miles Davis), Daniel Platzman (drummer for Imagine Dragons), Robert “Sput” Seawright (drummer for Snoop Dogg and Snarky Puppy), Greg Osby, and Terri Lynn Carrington to name a few.

Overgeneralization | A Cognitive Distortion That Can Kill

Overgeneralization is a type of thinking that emerged from a single event; this thinking is then applied to all similar events, especially ones in the future. Perhaps you had to give a big speech at your job or college graduation. Both you and the people around may think that you gave an absolutely horrendous speech. Big deal, right? In this example, overgeneralization might look like,… 

Addiction and Codependency | A Recipe for Disaster

Addiction and codependency go hand in hand. We’ve all heard of codependency. These days, like narcissism, codependency is a term many people throw around without knowing what it means exactly. This condition is somewhat of a mental and emotional disorder where a person (who lacks a feeling of wholeness) depends on other people around them to meet their physical and emotional (or spiritual) needs. Are… 

Purple Drank | Everything You Need to Know About Lean

You may have heard “purple drank” or “lean” referenced in music, primarily by rappers. These are street names given to the mixture of cough syrup that contains both promethazine and codeine along with a carbonated beverage such as Sprite. From what I’ve seen, the syrup is always dark purple. “Candy” seems innocent enough as it’s somewhat humorously referred to in many songs, but it’s a… 

What to Do After a Relapse

Although it’s not a requirement for a drug addict in recovery, relapse often happens and is a part of many recovery journeys. Relapse is not a single event; it’s an insidious process that eventually leads to an addict taking that first drink or drug. So, what often leads up to a relapse? Things start to slip in an addict’s program: meeting attendance dwindles, nightly inventories… 

Acceptance in AA | The Answer to All My Problems

Here’s what the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous has to say about acceptance in AA. “And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation—some fact of my life—unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly that… 

Is Seroquel Addictive? The Strange Truth About Seroquel Abuse

Today, we’re asking the question, “Is Seroquel Addictive?” And yes you guessed it, I’m going to share my extensive experience with being a bipolar addict in recovery who is currently prescribed Seroquel. Also, we’ll look at what the experts are saying about the addictive potential of Seroquel. There’s a recovery joke going around, and it goes something like this, “Hey, what’s your DOC? Well, right… 

Is Tramadol Addictive? Absolutely

Is Tramadol addictive? This is the million dollar question. Anyone who’s used narcotics recreationally will tell you flat out, “Yes, Tramadol is addictive.”  However, the medical profession and people who’ve never abused drugs have varying opinions on the subject. And that’s just it—they have opinions, not experience. Tramadol may be seen as having a lesser potential for dependence than oxycodone simply because it’s a schedule… 

Withdrawal Symptoms from Meth — Serious and Debilitating

If you’ve read my meth addiction story, then you’ll know I’m especially qualified to talk about the subject of withdrawal symptoms from meth. Withdrawal from meth? That’s right! For many years I was under the impression that the worse substances to withdraw from were alcohol, benzos, and opiates. I mean what could be worse than going through withdrawal from a 2-year, everyday heroin addiction? Nothing…… 

Japa Meditation and Mantras | How to Get Started

When it comes to meditation, Japa Meditation is what I turn to again and again. How many times have I gone to a 12 step meeting and heard—or either said myself in some form—“I’m no good at meditation,” or, “I just can’t seem to sit still,” or, “I just don’t know how to meditate.” I am writing this to share my experience with the most… 

My Meth Story — The Height of My Drug Addiction by Michael Palma

This is my meth story. I have been through what I thought were the depths of hell when my every-day heroin addiction in New York was in full flight. Well, my heroin addiction doesn’t even come close to where my meth addiction story took me. Y’all ready to go on a ride? Yee-Haw! My Meth Story Begins — Wasting the Opportunity of a Lifetime, Shame,…