What Does 2007, 2013 and 2015 Mean?


Each of the pictures above represent a significant date.


The ‘selfie’ picture represents November 21, 2007.  That is the date I went to my first GA meeting and began my recovery (I didn’t think I had a problem but the scratch off bought after the meeting convinced me).

Next is the ‘logo’ which represents Febuary 15, 2013.  This is the day Stand Tall Recovery Services was officially launched.  It was a result of having finished and published my first ‘self Help’ book for Compulsive Gamblers and those who want to understand the addiction better.  “How To Win As A High Roller While Losing Your Shirt” was first published by a small publisher and at great cost due to the ensuing Closure and legal and other issues as a result. It was republished and resulted in 5 total books to date for helping people in recovery.

Last but certainly not least is January 28, 2015.  Just one year ago I started a new GA meeting in my home town.  It is a struggle to keep it going but well worth it because I look at the people who are attending now and see their success as worth more than all my time in recovery because I know they will be an inspiration to others and Recovery continues.

This saturday I will be celebrating these events here in Michigan and if your interested let me know. I’ll give you the details!



The Addiction Of Recovery?


I realize that it has been a while since I shared a bit of the soul of my experiences.


I am a recovering compulsive gambler who has developed a heart for those who are caught in the web created by the addiction. So much so that after stopping on November 21, 2007 I began a journey to develop material and spread hope for recovery.

My addiction cost me money, but that is not the loss that was the worst. I also lost myself and that is the soul of an addicts pain when they start recovery. I know I lost a lot of money but I can’t really tell you how much because during that time it was not valuable enough to stop me.

I almost lost my job and that brought down a reality about who I had become, but not what I had become.

I lost my sanity for a time, but that was not even on my radar.

I almost lost my life and THAT brought it home, but did not help me stop.

Life has twists and turns. Addiction is one of the most insidious.

What would you do for your favorite food? Do you have a favorite restaurant? How about a part of your life (gift, heirloom, person) that you would do anything for? Picture losing that in a blink of an eye and repeating that moment for the rest of your life over and over. That is what it feels like when you are an addict and you have started recovery. For months, years or longer that is where you may be.

When I started recovery I was there for almost 3 years.

I fought back and found sanity again. Now I use my background to help people get to that place where recovery is free of the insanity of repeating the pain.

What questions haunt you about the person you know, or that you have become in your addiction?

I offer help for the addict, the family member, significant other, employer and community. I you are interested here is a link to that help:



The Process, Email and Course Outlines


The first attempt was not as I was hoping but after a trial run I discovered the problem with the ‘scheduled release emails.  It matters what time zone it is referencing and so it is that I found how to make it work.  “A Recovery Moment” is now showing promise and I may try to set up daily delivery because they can be set for delivery without me having to over do things.  It is worth considering. Please pass on your thoughts through the web mail provided at http://www.standtallrecoveryservices.com .


Now to the second part of the discussion.  Tomorrow Is the launch for classes as promised. They will be listed on the site just as they are below.  Registration email address will be tied to the web version.  The curriculum will have set assignments and classes will be ready for registration.  The classes themselves will begin Febuary 1, 2016 .  Share your thoughts on the overview by emailing at education@standtallrecoveryservices.com


Recovery Support Curriculum

Time Lapse Emailing.



Well here is a question… Have you ever “Scheduled” an email to be sent at a later time?  That is the Trial happening for Stand Tall Recovery Services.  I wrote an email for ‘A Recovery Moment” then set it for delivery at 6 AM Eastern Time tomorrow (1/13/2016).

Since I use my personal emails as the only ones that are visible I will know if it works or not in the morning. But this is new to me.  As the fellow in charge of the process and the founder of Stand Tall Recovery Services I’ve had to learn more and more about the tech available. So back to the question… Have you ever tried something like this?



Encouragement In Recovery. A Name Found?



Well, I started out working on a name for the email address to send out the encouragement messages. It was beginning to get cloudy and then…. A moment of memory.

Here goes “A Recovery Moment” is what has come out of the ‘mellon’.  Here is what the meaning is for the time being:

When I wake up in the morning now days I remember this one thought:

I am clean in this moment. There are Millions of people who are also clean in this moment.  When this moment is combined with theirs it is Decades of Recovery.  There are also millions of people still in their addiction. That makes for Decades of addiction.  Here is the question:  Which group do I want to be a part of In This Moment?

For me the answer is: A Moment of Recovery.  Thus The email Message is “A Recovery Moment”.

If you would like to receive the email then go to http://www.standtallrecovery services.com and sign up.  You can also send an email to Subscriber@standtallrecoveryservices.com with the message header ‘Subscribe  Please’.



The Recovery Show Returns! Services Discussed!



Much to the surprise of many and a day late… “The Recovery Show with Bernie Z”  is back for 2016!


I kept the show much shorter as 2016 started with ‘Glitch’ video production.  At one point the production was stopped due to equipment failure.  After that it was software followed by the internet connection.  But not to be deterred it is now available.

Check out  www.standtallrecoveryservices.com for new service offerings.

Monday will be the Email subscription service to help encourage others as they are battling for recovery.

Friday will be the ‘Beta’ release of course studies to help build a network of peer support people.


This is just the beginning of the 2016 offerings from Stand Tall recovery Services, so why not resolve to get involved!

The Launch Is Monday January 11,2016



Well here is an update!  On Monday January 8, 2016 the first E (encouragement) mail will go out!  It is free and will be sent on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  On monday the recipient will receive 2 messages in one email intended for monday and Tuesday.  Wednesday will be for both Wednesday and Thursday. At the end of the week, Friday, there will be a 3 day message system just as with the others.  On occasion there will be special messages as well.

On Friday of Next week (coinciding with the first week of the email service) a new curriculum will be released to help create support people for those starting out. The initial 5 Titled Course Studies are as Follows:


  1. Peer Counselor
  2. Peer Family Counselor
  3. Peer Financial Advisor/ Counselor
  4. Family Support Advisor/ Counselor
  5. Peer Detox Guide/ Counselor.

There are 7 classes that are ‘core curriculum’ which are prerequisites to  the final course groups listed above.  More details will be coming soon about these courses.  Since this is the ‘Beta’ program it is also free at this time.

So let’s ring in the new year with some new initiatives!