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Loneliness and the Holidays

Loneliness and the Holidays

  Why does it always seem that loneliness increases tenfold come the holiday season?  When friends, family and loved ones are brought together, one would assume that the ensuing conversations, parties, dinners, and celebrations would somehow alleviate the growing feeling of loneliness in one’s gut. However, as any person who feels continually lonely will tell you, surrounding oneself with distractions is not a surefire recipe to escape feelings of isolation.  During the holidays, we as … Read entire article »

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Happy Hallohangover No More

Happy Hallohangover No More

  Exactly one year ago today I woke up still wearing my crummy, half-assed put together Quail Man costume from the show Doug after a night of hard drinking.  As I looked around the room still extremely hungover from the night before, I thought to myself “Halloween 2011, what a success.”  Now almost a year sober and looking back at that drunken mess of night, I can remember very little of it.  It is not … Read entire article »

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My Brain Needs a Vacation

  Monday, October 8th, 2012, marked the 76th annual celebration of Columbus Day, the holiday honoring Christopher Columbus that became a national holiday in 1937. While this particular holiday has become a source of controversy and contentious debate in recent decades, Mental Health Awareness Week—established by the U.S. Congress in 1990 to promote awareness of mental health issues during the first week of October—is worthy of support from all quarters. One way to facilitate mental wellness for those of us fortunate enough to have full-time employment is to take a full day off from work and tend to anything. Being your own boss for the day requires self-awareness and self-empathy if one is to reap the rewards of possessing of 24 hours of sovereignty. And, it seems, more and more Americans are … Read entire article »

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Relapsing With The Blood Of Christ

Relapsing With The Blood Of Christ

April was one of my favorite times of the year when I was using.  I loved having the weather heat up and enjoying an ice-cold beer by the pool, celebrating 4/20, and my favorite of all, Coachella!  But this week is especially important, not just because I get a couple days off of school, but because it is Easter.  When I was growing up I was raised Catholic.  My mom always went to church and my dad, well, not … Read entire article »

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Passover in Recovery: When Four Glasses of Wine Becomes Four Glasses of Grape Juice

  When I was a kid, every Passover we had at least three seders: one with family friends, one with my mom’s side of the family, and one with my dad’s side of the family. Occasionally we went to a seder at a local Chabad Rabbi’s house. At at least two seders a year, there would be several bottles of wine on the kids’ table by the time I reached eight years-old. The first few years, I had a few sips, but by middle school my cousins and I were drinking more than the prescribed four cups of wine. When I look back at the family photos, we all have a bit too much rosiness to our cheeks and seem to be smiling extra big. Looking at pictures on Facebook I can … Read entire article »

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Give the Gift of Sobriety

  Gift giving doesn’t have to be limited to flashy jewelry or the latest in blood soaked video games.  A more meaningful and longer lived present can come from a positive book, one centered on the struggles we have living a spiritual life in an often profane world.  For your loved one in recovery this holiday season (or any other time) I’ve compiled a list of the top ten books involving alcoholism, addiction, mental illness, or treatment centers.  I’ve personally read most of them and heard glowing recommendations from friends for the others.  In all cases I’d be interested in hearing feedback from you, the reading audience.  Let me know your thoughts on these memoirs, novels, and accounts – as well as any other books that might have been left off.  … Read entire article »

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Surviving Halloween Sober

Surviving Halloween Sober

It’s almost October 31st and you’re still in your first year of sobriety, what are you supposed to do? For avid Halloween party animals this can cause panic and despair. Some might bemoan the upcoming holiday wondering if they’ll ever have fun again. Others worry about a potential relapse. How are we to get through Halloween sober if we’ve never done it before? Recovery is designed to help us get through everyday life occurrences without having … Read entire article »

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A MerryJuana Christmas

On December 9th, a narcotic detective in the Rhineland Palatine area in Germany arrested a Berlin hippy when they discovered a peculiar Christmas tree. Trimmed with lights and tinsel, it turns out he had decorated his 6 foot tall Cannabis plant as a Christmas tree. The marijuana plant, along with 150 grams of weed, was confiscated. The resident was arrested and is being held. The 58 year old man had said he was planning on adding more decorations and putting presents under the tree to be opened on Christmas morning. An original member of the “old 68ers” a well bread hippie, will most likely be waking up on Christmas morning in a German prison. The best part is, this is not the first time Cannabis has been used for Holiday decorations. … Read entire article »

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How to Survive the Holiday Season with Your Sanity and Sobriety

Oh no! Here it comes again: THE HOLIDAY SEASON. Do you have fond memories of chestnuts roasting on an open fire, creamy eggnog, and yuletide cheer? Or do you dread the unrealistic expectations, increased anxiety and annoying relatives? If you have the urge to act like a groundhog, crawl into the nearest cozy hole, and not emerge until this crazy season is over sometime in the spring….well, you’re not alone! Many of us feel that way. But the holidays are rapid approaching like a speeding Amtrac train. So how do you survive the holiday season with your sanity and sobriety? Here are a few tips: PACE YOURSELF: Remember you do not have to shop ‘til you drop. You do not have to … Read entire article »

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Holiday Tips for Dealing with the Family Alcoholic or Addict

Holiday Tips for Dealing with the Family Alcoholic or Addict

Holidays are a joyous and memorable time, bringing families and friends together to celebrate. Of course, these holidays are also filled with food, parties, and alcohol. All the festivities can be a great time….unless there is an alcoholic/addict in our life. The holidays are a time to have the family together, which for most is desirable. And of course, everybody hopes, desires, and promises that everything will go as planned. But due to the dynamic characteristics … Read entire article »

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