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Aerosmith Drummer Joey Kramer Shares His Experiences with Addiction and Mental Illness

On Monday night, 24 March 2013, at the Penn State University: Berks Campus, Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer spoke to an audience of around 150 people in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium on the in Spring Township. The rock star left his drumsticks at home, however, to speak candidly and answer questions about his battles with alcoholism, substance abuse, and depression, among other topics. Kramer has had a long history with drug and alcohol abuse, which is the subject of his 2009 book Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top. Aerosmith was formed in 1970 in Boston, Massachusetts, and after the release of their third album, 1975′s Toys in the Attic, which went platinum eight times in the U.S., they were playing stadium shows across the world. By the … Read entire article »

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The Many Varities of 12 Step Programs

The Many Varities of 12 Step Programs

  As an addict, it is in my nature to flood my brain’s pleasure centers. After a night of riding the tidal waves, I come to in a pool of spilled bourbon and stale sweat. I begin to feel at home in the deep end, dependent on the bottom feeders. What begins as a problem with benzos and alcohol might grow to include codependency or addictive thrill-seeking behaviors. I begin to associate the desperation of the morning … Read entire article »

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The “ism” Surrounding Alcoholism

The “ism” Surrounding Alcoholism

Around the 12-step community, individuals often refer to their “isms.”  At first I didn’t get it, and then someone pointed out that the “ism” makes reference to the actual sickness within our minds.  Alcohol on its own is fine, but “alcoholism” is a deadly and debilitating disease.  The suffix –ism changes everything.  The connotation regarding “ism” is:“a productive suffix in the formation of nouns denoting action or practice, state or condition, principles, doctrines, a usage … Read entire article »

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Dating In Our Addiction

Dating In Our Addiction

  Looking back into my past relationships, I can now see what they all had in common. That is that they were all fueled by my/our addictions. The last relationship that I had was in no way good or healthy. While I was in the relationship I thought it was the best, most loving and healthiest relationship that there could ever be. Looking at it today I do not understand why I would ever date someone so … Read entire article »

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Michael Lohan’s Real Addiction: FAME

  In the age of reality television and internet superstars, our society is no stranger to the verbal diarrhea of attention seekers and fame mongers. Michael Lohan, is a notorious example. The father of troubled star Lindsay Lohan is best known for his role of meddling dad and soap box sultan. Ever since his daughter rose to fame in the early 2000’s he’s been there every step of the way, offering his insight on drug addiction and “his side of the story”. Look, I don’t personally know Michael Lohan, he may be a nice guy, but his actions to me show some rather unsavory motives. According to a recent interview on The Fix, Michael Lohan completed a stint on VHI’s Celebrity Rehab where he claimed he was being treated for his codependency … Read entire article »

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Dating in Early Sobriety

It’s common for us to hear “don’t get into a relationship in your first year of sobriety” throughout the rooms of recovery among people that have come before us. Some people will take this seriously and become stringent about not dating, flirting or sleeping with anyone for a full year. Others may jump into relationship after relationship despite the consequences, desperately trying one more time to make it work. While the whole not dating in the first year is a just suggestion, it can hold merit for some. For us alcoholics it’s not uncommon that our romantic and sexual past is checkered and pocked with bad decisions and regret. If we’ve spent a lifetime leaving a trail of wreckage, how are we to know what a healthy relationship looks like? For … Read entire article »

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Enabling – When Helping is Actually Hurting

Enabling – When Helping is Actually Hurting

It is difficult to be in a relationship with an addict and not get sucked into enabling behavior. When somebody you love is suffering with an illness or a disease you naturally want to help. As a result, loved ones often step in to save the addict from the devastating consequences of their actions. Family members believe that they are doing the right things when they help to save the addict’s job, help him or her … Read entire article »

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Love Addiction & Rejection, Linked to Drug Addiction

A recent study at Stony Brook University proves why it is so difficult to end a romantic relationship. Scientists found evidence that areas in the brain linked to motivation, reward, and addiction are activated after a break up. According to the July 2010 issue of the Journal of Neurophysiology, people going through break ups showed brain imaging that revealed romantic love is a goal-oriented motivation as opposed to a certain emotion. The same brain imaging was seen in people suffering from cocaine cravings and addiction. Scientists believe this data reveals romantic love to be a specific form of addiction. Feelings and behaviors of romantic rejection are difficult to control. Extreme behaviors such as, stalking, suicide, and clinical depression, can be seen in people suffering from romantic rejection all over the world. In … Read entire article »

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Am I ok if you’re ok? Observations on co-dependence

Question: How many co-dependents does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: I don’t know, what do you think? While the word “co-dependent” is often used pejoratively (as in, “my mother is so co-dependent”), the truth is that we are all a little co-dependent at times; who doesn’t want to be well regarded, praised, etc? But what does it mean in a deeper, psychological sense? First off, the term “co-dependence”, like many terms so breezily used, is synonymous with suffering. People who suffer from co-dependence are not weak or defective; in most if not all cases they have, somewhere in their past, been injured by defective caretaking or by someone close to them, and this injury has impaired their ability to form and maintain healthy relationships. Most often, co-dependence … Read entire article »

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