Dungeon Prompts: I Am a Recovering (fill in the blank)

Dungeon PromptsThis week’s prompt is: I Am a Recovering (fill in the blank) 

“The best cure for one’s bad tendencies is to see them in action in another person.”

– Alain de Botton

 Today’s Prompt:

We all know the first line of the Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, “Hi my name is X and I’m a recovering alcoholic.”  In truth, we all, if we are trying to become better people, are recovering from something.  Whether it is bad habits are old ways of thinking, there is something about ourselves that we are trying to leave behind but a seed of it will probably always be with us.

What old patterns of thought or action are you trying to recover from?  What is standing in your way?  Do you really want to change?  Do you want to change for yourself or to spare others around you?  The first step is admitting the problem.  What better way than sharing that problem with all of your sisters and brothers in the Dungeon?

The article that you link to this prompt should be a new post written specifically for this assignment. 

Dungeon Prompts can be a vehicle for us to open up the abandoned rooms inside ourselves and dust them off a bit.  Take the prompt, explore the recesses of your mind, and get back with a poem, story, essay or creative offering.  Link your post to this specific prompt page and I’ll share your link back with our readers.

To participate, all you’ll need to do is:

1.            Tag your post with: “DungeonPrompts”

2.            Link back to this page in the body of your post *

3.            Dive deep within and give us a glimpse of your soul!**


*note: If the pingback doesn’t work, then please leave the link to your post in the comment section.

**If you don’t have a blog please feel free to join the discussion in the comment section

Be sure and come back to check out the other prompt contributors throughout the week. Comment on their posts and let them know what you think.  Together we can help create a community of great writers and honest seekers.  We are a mad blend, let us honor the wisdom within.


Prompt Contributors:

Recovery – Baldypoems

More Than – Nik’s Place

Recovery – Girlgoyle

I’m Recovering from Anger (I think?) – Dream Cloud Diaries

I’m a Recovering Loner – Tea with Anne

Getting to Calm – Traces of the Soul

Recovery From Over-Doing – Living, Learning, and Letting Go 

Center of My Universe – The Seeker’s Dungeon

Going Clean – MarthaOstout

Recovery: Self-Hate – Be Good.

Soon – Unseen Eye



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About the author

I am a King without a Kingdom, in a world with many masters, wrapped in the spoils of a jealous heart, and my people’s callous laughter.


  1. Thank you Sreejit for including my blog post as an inspiration for others here. I hope that your readers will also check out my Mental Health articles.

    Your prompt is timely as I have been struggling with defining “Recovery”. A year or so ago, I knew that my illness was degenerative: I would never recover. I was adapting well to it. Then, a psychiatrist referred me to services that introduced a new concept of Recovery to me. I am familiar with Recovery from my CoDependence, but I had a really hard time wrapping my head around the idea that I could recover from a physical ailment that won’t go away. I am no longer a Recovering CoDependent, or Recovering X of any sort. Instead of focusing on the ailment that I’m recovering from, I am … I am not sure what I am doing: living? becoming? achieving? expanding? growing? discovering? I am discovering what I can do, in spite of my limitations, and considering that everyone has limitations, not just people who are “in recovery”.

    I’m working on figuring out how to explain this aspect of Recovery, partly to help me to understand it better. Your prompt will press me to continue to address this task. I look forward to participating in discussions that result from this prompt.

    1. Indeed, I am, thank you. Life is busy (work and family responsibilities taking their toll, but ultimately satisfying) but not unpleasant. Keep smiling and keep writing, my friend. 🙂

  2. https://kdavisfanclub.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/recovery/
    Here’s my reponse to your prompt, Sreejit. A landmark, as it is the first poem I ever wrote on the computer (I usually write everything by hand and type later)! I was inspired by your post, and your wonderful writing in general (you know you are among those I admire as a poet and greatly appreciate your kind support of myself and everyone else in the community) so typed a poem straight away – a first draft but I think it works so posted it anyway. Best wishes, mon amis 🙂

  3. Good to see you back!
    I’ll put some thought into this and will be back. The timing is perfect.
    All the best to you —

    1. Didn’t have time to write it out right now, so I thought I’d write down a couple of notes. Well. That led to (basically) writing the piece already! So, with some polishing, hopefully it’ll be live this evening. 🙂

  4. Woe is the fellow that chooses me as sponsor. This retired teacher makes you write through all the steps. If one has gone through the steps just “talking” and not been successful in recovery, I think it is the time for writing. Saving that notebook we can also read it again and again over time and see how we have changed our thinking and upon what needs more work. We are often surprised at seeing our old selves in print. I think writing prompts in recovery are very useful and repeated self inventory and reflection are part of the program.

  5. I’m cheating 😉 …
    I am a recovering _blamer_ and I tend to blame myself way too much for things. I am doing better about blaming other people (not doing it so much) but I haven’t learned that self-blame is a real problem of mine. I like the prompt because recovering is a word that means “still in process.” I like that. 🙂

  6. Thank you for including me in this. I haven’t been on WP in a long while and was looking for some inspiration to become active on here again. I will definitely think of my answer to this prompt. Thanks again!

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