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Hangover Solutions

Hangover Solutions

  When I was in college (at college may be more accurate—I did not attend classes), Thursday through Sunday (and sometimes Monday through Wednesday) I woke up in the morning or more realistically afternoon with a sharp pain in my head that seemed to pulse every time I moved or heard a sound and generally rapidly found myself hugging the porcelain goddess. Sometimes when I woke up I perceived the strong smell of gin and a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Research, Treatment

Criminal activities due to drug use

Criminal activities due to drug use

  Drugs can cause people to do crazy things, things they wouldn’t normally do if they were sober or clean. Hard drugs like heroin, crack, and crystal meth can cause lots of criminal behavior and thoughts. I have been addicted to all of these drugs and I’ve done almost anything to get them at one point in time. I would steal from stores, and return the stolen property to a different home location for money or … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Recovery

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 »

Filed under: Addiction, Featured, Latest News, Treatment

Why young peoples meetings suck for the new comer

Why young peoples meetings suck for the new comer

  Is it just me or are young peoples meetings a bit intimidating as a newcomer?  I remember walking up to my first young peoples meeting in Santa Monica and having it feel so foreign to me.  Everyone was smoking cigarettes and covered in tattoos.  Everyone was so stylish and hip and the girls treated the middle aisle of the room more like a modeling runway.  I felt judged instantly.  The rooms of AA had always felt like the one secure … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Life, Recovery, Treatment

Crying at Meetings

Crying at Meetings

  I’ve always hated crying, and I especially hate crying in front of other people. When you cry, you admit your vulnerability to the effects of people and things on your emotions. When you cry in front of people, you admit that vulnerability to other people. I hate that. Ultimately, it is like admitting that you’re in a weakened state and are extra vulnerable to attack. It goes against all my instincts. Like how a dog … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Recovery

Inner Peace

Inner Peace

  People always say that the addict alcoholic is restless, irritable, and discontent.  I get that.  I feel it all too often.  I constantly feel like I want be somewhere else, doing something else, annoyed by everyone and everything, and terribly unhappy with whatever I’m doing or whoever I’m with.  It is part of my condition.  But sometimes I get this little glimmer of comfort. It started while I was in treatment and got massages.  I felt … Read entire article »

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

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 »

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

Jean-Claude Van Damme Im Sober

Jean-Claude Van Damme Im Sober

  When I was a kid I was obsessed with Jean-Claude Van Damme movies. Bloodsport, Kickboxer, and Lionheart were staples in my childhood. These movies all had a common theme: something traumatic would happen in Van Damme’s life and he would go away and have a martial arts guru “show him the ways.” He then would come back with a vengeance and kick some major ass. I loved it. I wanted that to happen to me. … Read entire article »

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

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 »

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

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 »

Filed under: Recovery, Spirituality, Treatment

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