Biography   6 comments

Road to Recovery is the musings of Gary Tidwell.


Professionally, I have worked in the mental health and social services for most of the last 15 years. I graduated in 1995 with a Bachelors Degree, with a Major in Human Development and Family Studies. In 1999, I graduated with a Masters Degree in Counseling.

I am currently employed at a Big Spring State Hospital, in Big Spring Texas, were part of my responsibilities includes teaching a psycho-educational class  by the same name as this blog. I fact, I have to admit, it was actually the inspiration for it.

In addition, I also teach Anger Management and Domestic Violence and Stress Management Classes through the local community college.


Personally, I was a child of divorced parents at the age of 3. By the age of eight I had no relationship or contact with my birth mother. I grew up with a father that worked in the oilfield in the 70’s and 80’s. His work kept him away from home a lot. My step-mom how was the one primarily responsible for my raising, I found out as a adult, was hurt, angryand depressed with her own “issues.” Later just after my departure from the home, she required private psychiatric hospitalization due to suicide attempts. During my adolescents, I began developing co-dependent traits, and always seemed to pick the neediest and sickest of girls to be with so that I could “fix them”. Over time, I developed abandonment and rejection issues leading to depression, which revealed itself as anger and mild rebellion at home. This pattern of toxic and dysfunctional relationships continued up until I met my wife. I can not lie and say that the rejection issues and fears do not occasionally rear their ugly head, but it is much better than ever before.

I guess in a way, I chose the career that I have, because I am still a little co-dependent and want to help others get better.

Seeing as I have worked primarily in the Public/State funded sector, I guess, I have trained  myself to separate my faith from my much of my teaching and presentation. However, I honestly believe that there is no TRUE recovery without faith; and my faith is in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and His Son Jesus, the Christ.

I hope that now you will understand why Recovery and Hope are so precious and important to me. I hope that you will continue to visit and be encouraged and empowered as you continue along this long and at times difficult journey.


Posted April 21, 2010 by Hope in Recovery

6 responses to “Biography

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  1. I have just started my own road to recovery, and so far it has been a bit rocky. Still have lots of tears. Lots of confusion of what happened on the ‘outside’ when I was on the inside. Decisions were made for me, rules were made for me, giving away my property, etc…. At first I thought that it was ok, but now I wonder. I am looking for a job, which is harder that I thought it would be. It’s just a rocky road, which I expected.

  2. Lisa, the things you saw that were given away are only ‘things’, and those can and will be replaced over time with other ‘things’, more meaningful to your future well being. Our memories are something no one can steal from us, and we need to make new memories with trusting members of our new found life in sobriety. Job hunting is always difficult no matter the circumstances, but nothing is impossible…as long as you stay clean and sober, and ask your higher power’s guidance, you will see doors open to you. Building a trusting reputation can be slow…but it is all do-able….baby steps lead you down the road to success. Stick with the ‘winners’ in your 12 step program, because as in any program, there are those who dabble and are in and out hoping it will just work ‘for them’… must work hard and ‘make it work’ for youself…because there are so many long time sober members out there that can share a wealth of wisdom and tips as they have ‘been there/done that’.

  3. Hi there would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using? I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m having a tough time choosing between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique. P.S Sorry for being off-topic but I had to ask!

    • Armando,
      I am glad you dropped by my blog. I actually use WordPress and have used them for my blog for a little over a year and a half. I have been VERY happy with the many different templates that are available.

      I hope that helps! Please let me know when you go live, I would love to see what you come up with.

      Road to Recovery

  4. This blog is something I was looking a long time ago. Thanks for your thoughts

  5. I just want to tell you that I am new to blogging and actually loved your website. More than likely I’m planning to bookmark your site . You absolutely have impressive writings. Bless you for sharing your blog site.

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