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The Truthful Clichés of AA

The Truthful Clichés of AA

  Fake it until you make it. Just keep coming back. Stick around until the miracle happens. These are all little things that you hear in 12-step meetings all over the place. Clichés and silly sounding lines, but they hold some truth to them. They’re annoying to hear, especially if you’re new or struggling. It can feel like you’ll never make it, or what’s the point of coming back, or when’s this supposed miracle going to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Life, Recovery, Treatment

Macklemore Talks to Rolling Stone about Recent Successes and Sobriety

  Rapper Macklemore speaks candidly about his struggle to stay sober through his recent meteoric rise to top the pop charts and his overnight surge in popularity, in an interview with Rolling Stone that hits newsstands today. As his fame has exploded recently, so has his schedule, which has put a burden on his sobriety. “The last three months haven’t been good for me – the pressure, the expectation, the lack of sleep, the stress, the traveling,” he explains to Rolling Stone. “I can’t escape Macklemore. I just want to get the fuck out of my own head.” The artist also discusses his improbable and challenging journey to commercial success, despite his struggles with substance abuse. Macklemore’s rise has been entirely self-made; he runs his own label, makes his music videos, and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Celebrity News, Substance Abuse

Young & Sober: The Reckless, The Fun, The Home

Young & Sober: The Reckless, The Fun, The Home

  Being young and sober can certainly be a daunting challenge for many who face it. After all, when your generation is focusing on getting smashed on the weekends, how could it be any fun to look for entertainment elsewhere – never mind Alcoholics Anonymous? In spite of this, for me and thousands of other young alcoholics, the conferences, rooms, and society of Alcoholics Anonymous have become a second home, a refuge for fun and a support … Read entire article »

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Pop Queen’s Boozehound Brother Homeless, Confused and Needs Help

  International pop superstar and diva Madonna has just accumulated an estimated one billion dollars of wealth, but don’t tell her alcoholic brother Anthony.  The 56-year-old full blood sibling to Madonna currently lives as a homeless alcoholic who refuses to acknowledge his drinking problem. According to media reports, he has lived on the streets of Traverse City, Michigan for nearly three years. Claiming that his wealthy and famous sister doesn’t care about him, Ciccone is stoking a family feud between him and his sister. “Modonna doesn’t give a s—t if I’m dead or alive,” he claims. However, this may be far from the truth, as addicts and alcoholics often become delusional from the drugs and create their own version of the truth. Anthony’s homeless locale is certainly not off the map as … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Celebrity News, Latest News, 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

Strangers in Recovery

Strangers in Recovery

There is something interesting and different about our interactions with strangers, as opposed to people we are already acquainted with. It is almost like we leave an impression of ourselves in a single exchange of words. But that impression exists within our own minds, and we carry it with us as we move forward in our lives, no matter how trivial. What kind of impressions do you leave? And how does that shape us as individuals? … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Recovery

The Third Step: “In God I Trust”

The Third Step: “In God I Trust”

  When I approach the Third Step of the “Twelve Steps” that originated in Alcoholics Anonymous, I see that action must be taken and change must happen. If the second step inspires a new faith for an alcoholic/addict, the third step takes that new faith and asks the alcoholic/addict to adopt that faith and begin to live by it in virtually every aspect of his life. He must literally submit his entire life to God, trusting … Read entire article »

Filed under: Recovery, Spirituality

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 »

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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 »

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A.A. Is Not the Only Way to A Sober Life

  One question asked commonly in the recovery world is: Are there other ways to get clean and commit to long-term sobriety than involving yourself in and working a 12-Step-based program like Alcoholics Anonymous? There is much scrutiny in the eyes of many alcoholics and addicts who are trying to get sober who feel that A.A. or any other 12-Step-based program just doesn’t work for them and are told that if they want to become and stay sober, they must commit to it because nothing else will work. Although it has been proven time and time again that A.A. and working the 12-Steps does work and is preferable for almost all alcoholics and addicts, some people—though the number may be small—find that other forms of treatment and long-term recovery might be more beneficial … Read entire article »

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