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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 »

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

Serene With Serenity

Serene With Serenity

  One of my favorite lines concerning serenity is in Step Three, page 41, of the 12&12 that states, “In all times of emotional disturbance or indecision, we can pause, ask for quiet, and in the stillness simply say: ‘God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Thy will, not mine, be done.’” Before becoming a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Recovery, Spirituality

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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Celebrities, Sobriety, and the Truth about The Big Book

  In the rooms of AA and the pages of the Big Book, any pit stop, excuse, or reason for alcoholics to continue doing what we do best is covered. For those of you who don’t know, what alcoholics do best when we’re in our addiction is wreak havoc on the world around us. From the strength of denial and hitting bottom to the utter powerlessness that we have to admit to in order to move forward; the book covers it. The greatest obsession—that we can drink or use like a normal person, without the disease of alcoholism—is also accounted for. However, these aren’t theoretical themes. No, these are real life scenarios, which we not only see mirrored in our own lives but are talked about in the press by some of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Celebrity News, Recovery

Reflecting On the Past Year

  When someone turns one-year old—that is, reaching one full year of sobriety—he or she is full of joy and feels a sense of accomplishment for what has been achieved in the past year. Personally seeing friends who have made it to a year, with twinkles in their eyes as they go up to the front of the meeting and blow out the candle, is a truly amazing and motivational wonder. Now it is my turn to take a year cake. This year has not been easy, by any means. I have had to overcome challenges that I never knew were possible to overcome. I have done a slew of work on myself, including improving my self-esteem, social skills, and—especially—anger management. I have the time and energy to carry out physical activities, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Recovery

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