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Prop 36

  California voters passed Proposition 36, or the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act (SACPA or Prop 36), with a 61% majority in 2000. The proposition gives non-violent drug offenders an opportunity to get drug treatment instead of going straight to jail and likely entering or sustaining a pattern of a rotating door into and out of prisons. While it certainly requires money to fund drug rehabilitation treatment, it simultaneously saves money in the long run. First, it costs $34,000 to send someone to prison for a year, while it costs significantly less to send someone to treatment. Furthermore, it prevents spending on building more prison facilities. Three groups of individuals fall under the jurisdiction of Prop 36: individuals charged with being under the influence or possession, on probation for drug-related charges, … Read entire article »

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Free lapse

Free lapse

       Have you every experienced a dream where you were able to act out your innermost fantasy?  What about your innermost fear?  Dreams can be both wonderful and incredibly scary but in both cases dreams can be a very powerful tool to learn about what’s going on in your subconscious.  We often wake up captivated by our A theory about the origin of dreams that I found particularly interesting comes from psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud who wrote the … Read entire article »

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A Female’s Perspective on Sober Sex

A Female’s Perspective on Sober Sex

  I used to just wear make-up, a short skirt, and small tank top, get drunk, dance, and wait for guys to dance with me.  Forty-five minutes later, we’d be naked.  I’d wake up in an unfamiliar bed, get dressed, and leave, preferably before my sexual liaison woke up.  There was no pillow talk.  The only talk actually was “what’s your name” and “Do you have any STDs I should know about? Have you been tested?”  … Read entire article »

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An Untreated Epidemic

An Untreated Epidemic

  “Imagine discovering an illness that kills about 85,000 people annually, and then imagine that we identify only one in 20 of those people – even though we have effective treatments that can be administered by primary care physicians or specialists.  Wouldn’t there be an outcry to establish a national approach to improving access to quality care for this disease?”  These words are not a mystery or a riddle – they are a straightforward description of … Read entire article »

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Was Bill W. Drugged into His Spiritual Awakening?

  Every member of Alcoholics Anonymous and the various other 12 Step Programs have heard of the co-founder William Griffith Wilson, better known as Bill Wilson or Bill W. Through reading the ‘Big Book,’ we hear many stories from alcoholics, Bill Wilson included, being the primary author of the book originally titled ‘Alcoholics Anonymous’ in 1938. From then the program has taken on the name of this book and has expanded to millions of members across the globe. Not many people know of the story of how and why Bill Wilson got sober through his spiritual awakening. In 1901 Charles B. Towns opened a hospital in New York on 293 Central Park West with partner Dr. Alexander Lambert. Charles Towns was not licensed to practice medicine and on October 1909 together they … Read entire article »

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Founder of Alcoholics Anonymous:
Not a Saint, Just an Everyday Alcoholic

Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12 step programs have helped millions of people recovery from alcoholism and other ailments. Bill Wilson, the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous may have been one of the main contributors in developing this spiritual program but by no means was he a saint. Many individuals who are anti-AA like to bring up several problems Bill Wilson had after he became sober. A big issue that caused problems even while he was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous was his womanizing. He would find woman in Alcoholics Anonymous and use his reputation almost like a celebrity to attract them. He would also offer young women ‘private counseling’. His wife ignored his infidelities and other tried to ignore and cover it up to keep the A.A. name from being slandered. … Read entire article »

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Sober and Home for the First Time Since Rehab

Sober and Home for the First Time Since Rehab

Recently I just made a trip back home to see my family in London for the first time in six months. For the last six months I had been in some form of an addiction treatment center, either in primary care, secondary care or sober living. I had seen my parents in that time at family programs but under the supervision and monitoring of the clinical staff running those programs. This trip was, therefore, my … Read entire article »

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High Functioning Alcoholics

High Functioning Alcoholics

Most addicts never enter rehab. Some even balance their addiction with their job and find great financial success. Others raise families, start businesses and seem to be highly functioning in many areas. These “high-functioning alcoholics”, who use excessively but appear to be well-adjusted in their life, may be the most difficult alcoholic to treat. High-functioning alcoholics tend to be trapped in a web of denial, leading a double life that they consider acceptable. These alcoholics … Read entire article »

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Can Being Rich Affect Your Chances at Sobriety?

Can Being Rich Affect Your Chances at Sobriety?

Lindsay Lohan, who at this point is more famous with her struggles with drug abuse and alcoholism was recently awarded close to one million dollars for posing for Playboy. No matter the legal fees, the girl still seems to be raking in money. Though addiction affects anyone, rich or poor, is it harder for those with money to get and stay sober? Our society often equates success with monetary abundance. Internal pain seems to be … Read entire article »

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You Have A Choice…..Don’t Drink and Drive

You Have A Choice…..Don’t Drink and Drive

According to a Medical News Today article the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report supporting research done during a CDC Vital Signs study revealing that in 2010 alone approximately 112 million people drove under the influence of alcohol; that is nearly 300,000 drunk-drivers each day! You may not have control over your alcohol intake…however you can choose whether to get behind the wheel after consuming an alcoholic beverage. On more than one … Read entire article »

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