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Uncle Sam Sends in the Troops to Quell Rampant Drug Smuggling

Uncle Sam Sends in the Troops to Quell Rampant Drug Smuggling

  According to government officials, the United States military is stepping up its role in stopping drug-trafficking in Latin America and the Caribbean Sea because the organizations behind the smuggling have become a matter of national security. The U.S. is now involved in the most expensive operation in Latin America since the Cold War, shelling out more than 20 billion dollars over the last 10 years. The anti-smuggling and anti-cartel strategy is working, says U.S. drug … Read entire article »

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Seasonal Affective Disorder Sufferers Can Expect Some Relief Soon

Seasonal Affective Disorder Sufferers Can Expect Some Relief Soon

  Hello and good day T4A blog readers! As many of you may already know, we set our clocks forward one hour on Sunday for Daylight Savings Time. We are close to vernal equinox when the season of spring begins and the daylight hours wax long. There are significant numbers of people who suffer from a form of depression in which they only suffer from depression for a certain portion of the year. Seasonal Affective Disorder … Read entire article »

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Wanted: New Therapist to Help Resolve Old Problems

  With October in its second week, and nearly three months having passed since I last met with my therapist, the time has come to rectify my therapeutic truancy.  As someone who has suffered immensely from mental health issues since early adolescence, it is imperative that I get back in the saddle where my mental health treatment is concerned.  I fear that if I don’t,  the beast of mental illness will increase its girth and inclination to torment me. The reasons for my absenteeism are three-fold.  First, there were scheduling conflicts that impeded my therapist and me from continuing our work together, conflicts that were not quickly resolved.  Both our schedules changed during the month of July and there were a couple weeks where we simply could not meet up.  Figuring out a … Read entire article »

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Excessive Parental Enabling

  It is so easy for a parent of an alcoholic or addict to cross over that imaginary line and become an excessive enabler.  This is because they are motivated by their love for the addict and think that they are doing the best they can by them.  Unfortunately this is not true, and excessive parental enabling is detrimental to both the parent and addict.  In this scenario, the parent takes on the role of a martyr and the addict adopts the harmful belief that they cannot take care of themselves.  The unfortunate part is that this behavior forms a circle that perpetuates itself.  By providing a sense of security in either the physical or financial sense, the parent may feel as if they are making the best of a bad … Read entire article »

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Feminism within Recovery

Feminism within Recovery

  I had a lot of trauma when I came into the rooms, and I had been one of those girls who didn’t really have female friends – or at least any I didn’t hook up with towards the end. I don’t really know what that says about me.  I was overwhelmed, and women scared me.  I felt like they could see me too clearly and would attack once they saw my weakness.  When I was five … Read entire article »

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The First Annual T4A Dumb Sh*t Poll

The First Annual T4A Dumb Sh*t Poll

  The FBI probed Republican lawmakers and staff about a riotous evening in Israel during which congressmen, staffers, and some family that had come along for the trip swam in the Sea of Galilee.  While this may seem normal, it turned out that many of them were in different states of nudity and Congressman Kevin Yoner (R-Kansas) was actually entirely in the nude. Truthfully, I went skinny dipping in Israel, but what I find so peculiar about … Read entire article »

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Sponsored by the Many Faces of Alcoholics Anonymous

  So, my challenge as of lately has been my search for a new sponsor.  It has been almost a month-and-a-half since I parted ways with my old sponsor for various reasons and I am thinking to myself, do I really even need a sponsor?  Yes, the twelve steps are a very important tool in the twelve-step process and I need someone to take me through them and hold me accountable, but—truth be told—I’ve been doing just fine on my own (thus far, anyway). I have a great support group at the sober apartments that I am living at, where I can share all my troubles with a few particular people that I trust, and know that, with their support, I can work through them.  That is what a sponsor is there … Read entire article »

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Winners in Recovery

  At my first continuing care rehab, one of the drivers told me to stick with the winners.  I was particularly close with him and several other staff members, but maintained a safe distance from most of the clients.  While I wasn’t exactly close with anyone, I was cordial and perhaps regarded by all as a cut and rather harmless character who people relied upon but never specifically chose.  Whether it was the boy who used to rob houses or the girl who just graduated from an Ivy League college, I basically had the same connection to everybody. Once I really looked at the group, I could tell who the winners were to me.  It wasn’t necessarily the person who paid attention in group (because it was truthfully a terrible rehab and … Read entire article »

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Personal Work on Emotional Sobriety

  Developing an understanding of emotional sobriety has been the most difficult process of recovery from addiction in my personal experience.  Addiction ruined my life; everything that I was proud of disappeared and was replaced by short-lived fixes and ephemeral happiness.  Getting clean and sober was hard enough; maintaining that sobriety is a difficult daily ritual and I, like many others, am very proud of how far I have come. Dealing with emotional sobriety is a completely different task for me.  Emotional sobriety comes and goes with the ebb and flow of my daily interactions with others in this world.  Now that I have a better handle on the definition of a “healthy” physical lifestyle, undertaking the process of becoming emotionally stable is that much more daunting.  The physical withdrawal from drugs … Read entire article »

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MasterCard for Addicts

  Three recovering addicts have started the company “Next Step Card” in an attempt to provide monitored credit cards to recovering addicts.  Backed my MasterCard, the new credit card is loaded with funds and monitored by parents or guardians to ensure proper usage.  The developers of the card say the idea came to fruition late one night when they were discussing responsible ways for addicts to regain the trust of others in their lives as well as develop personal financial responsibility. Many recovering addicts lack any understanding of financial responsibility and the impact their choices as addicts have had and will continue to have on their lives.  Many have lost touch with reality both literally and figuratively.  Addicts have come to live dollar to dollar, whereas most responsible young adults aim to … Read entire article »

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