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Jack Osbourne Celebrates 10 Years of Sobriety

  Jack Osbourne, 27, has an entire decade out from the dark side, celebrating ten years of sobriety on April 21, 2013. The son of Black Sabbath rocker, Ozzy Osbourne, Jack is not the only Osbourne who has struggled with addiction. On April 15, his father Ozzy admitted on his Facebook page, “For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs. I was in a very dark place and was an asshole to the people I love most, my family. However, I am happy to say that I am now 44 days sober….” He continued with an apology to his family, friends, band mates, and fans for his “insane behavior.” Jack’s 28-year old sister, Kelly, has made a handful of trips to rehab, stating that she first took … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Celebrity News, Recovery, Substance Abuse

First Alien Life Forms Land on Earth to Join Alcoholics Anonymous

First Alien Life Forms Land on Earth to Join Alcoholics Anonymous

  Yet another Earth-shattering breakthrough today in Southern California Alcoholics Anonymous, where for the very first time, interstellar life forms from the distant planet Intoxicus 6 have bravely traveled across the galaxy to join the ranks of A.A. as newcomers. A special welcoming committee will be held today at the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California, consisting of major world leaders from all over the globe, including U.S. President Barack Obama and U.K. Prime Minister Dave … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Recovery, Substance Abuse

Bottoms Up

Bottoms Up

  During the last nine months of my recovery, I have attended nearly two-hundred 12-step meetings and sober events, each featuring people who speak about their past experiences of using and abusing drugs until they hit their bottom. It is true that all of us in recovery have hit a “bottom” – a low point when we think that things can’t get any worse. Although we all have a bottom, some of us descend further into … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Recovery, Treatment

What to do if You Can’t Afford Psychotherapy

What to do if You Can’t Afford Psychotherapy

  I often hear people say that they are hopeless because they cannot afford the cost of therapy – yet they desperately need the help. If you are stuck in a major slump, the last thing you want to worry about is how to get the money to cover the cost of treatment. Fortunately, there are many ways to get the help you need – therapist or not. Before you give up on the idea of getting … Read entire article »

Filed under: Recovery, Treatment

Finding The Meetings That Fit You

  When I first entered recovery, I was able to go to a twelve-step meeting almost every night.  After a month, I moved to a Los Angeles- area sober living house, where they insisted that we attend one meeting every day for ninety days.  At first I felt this was impossible and unfair, but then I realized it was for our own good. After going to well over one-hundred AA and NA meetings during my first four months in recovery, my therapist suggested that I attend some different kinds of meetings.  She suggested I attend some Marijuana Anonymous meetings, because my drug of choice is marijuana.  I had only been going to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings because that is where the rehab had taken us and that there are many … Read entire article »

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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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The Pros and Cons of Dating Within the A.A. Program

  When an individual in the A.A. program feels ready to date again, an issue arises that is common among A.A. members: Should you get involved with a fellow A.A. or find someone outside of the room?  The issue is much debated and, of course, there are pros and cons on both sides. Being in a relationship with a fellow A.A. can have its benefits.  Each partner will be a good influence on the other when it comes to attending meetings.  If one shows up at a meeting, you can bet the other will be right alongside them.  The most important reason why two A.A. members are good for one another is that each of them will understand where the other one is coming from when addiction and disease driven problems arise. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Love and Relationships, Recovery

The Framework of a Relapse

  Many people think, when an addict or alcoholic goes out and relapses, that it was caused by a bad day or a spur of the moment decision.  That is not entirely correct.   There is a process that happens way before a relapse.  It may start days, weeks or months before the actual relapse happens.  First, a seed is planted; then over time it is allowed to grow into a full on relapse.  I’ve seen it happen to so many people, including my friends, and I have almost been the victim of the process. The human mind produces over 10,000 thoughts over the course of a day, and for an addict half of those thoughts center on using.  The addict’s brain is constantly trying to plant the seed of using.  Without working … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Life, Recovery

The Radical Acceptance of DBT and 12 Step

  Borderline Personality Disorder (BDP) is a mental illness signified by extreme emotional instability and impulsive, self-destructive tendencies.  As a consequence of this behavior, the individual creates strained relationships with others.  Individuals with BPD often have a distorted sense of their own identity, are prone to “black-and-white” thinking, and possess a great deal of fear surrounding judgment, rejection, failure, and abandonment. There is no known cause for BPD, but it is suspected that genetic predisposition and early-life trauma can play a key role in developing BPD later in life.  BPD is most often treated with an outgrowth of cognitive behavioral therapy known as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), pioneered by Marsha Linehan.  DBT focuses on regulating emotions, challenging the patient’s ideas and/or fears, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and individual and group therapy sessions.  Though … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Conditions and Disorders, Mental Illness, Substance Abuse

When is it the Right Time to Say Goodbye?

  Sober livings can be and are, in my opinion, the best place for an individual struggling with addiction and/or alcoholism.  Some spend months, even a year or longer, at a sober living, and many ask themselves, “When is the right time to finally leave, find my own place to live, and start a new chapter in my sober life?” Is there a target goal they should achieve before parting ways, or—at some point—is it just their time to go no matter how far they have come?  A lot of these questions are hard for individuals to answer because no one really ever knows if it is the right time.  Personally, I have heard numerous stories of people, having more than a year of sobriety, feeling they were ready to move forward, … Read entire article »

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