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The Trials and Tribulations of Teen Mom’s Farah Abraham

  Farah Abraham of MTV’s Sixteen and Pregnant and Teen Mom, admits in her new book, My Teenage Dream Ended, and to In Touch magazine that she has had quite the rough past. She admits that she even contemplated suicide about two years after her daughter Sophia’s birth.  The television personality says, “All I could think about was killing myself.  I figured I would drown myself in the bathtub—that seemed like the easiest way to go.” Abraham even went so far as to rehearse what she would say to her infant daughter, whose father died in a car crash before her birth. “I pictured telling her that I missed her daddy, and that I felt overwhelmed by the changes in my life… and that she deserved the best and should be surrounded by happiness.” Like … Read entire article »

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I Gotta Feeling That Tonight’s going to be a Drunk Night

  Back when I was drinking alone in my room I used to listen to particular songs, mostly tunes that referred to partying and consuming lots and lots of alcohol.  I would listen to these songs over and over again, the words prompting me to down more and more shots of hard liquor.  One of the songs I used to listen to every night over, probably for a straight couple of months, was “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black-Eyed Peas.  “I Gotta Feeling” made me feel like no other.  The lyrics to the song, in my perspective, are all about going out, having a good time, and most importantly doing so all while drinking. The lyrics include: “Tonight’s the night, let’s live it up I got my money, let’s spend it up Go out and … Read entire article »

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Step Nine: Moving from Apologies to Amends

Step Nine: Moving from Apologies to Amends

  I recently started working on my ninth step.  My sponsor and I went over the Twelve and Twelve’s chapter on step 9 and then discussed the importance of the amends process and how they differ from the standard “I’m sorry” apology.  She stressed that I generally should avoid the term “sorry.”  I found that odd at first, because I had thought that essentially was the point of the ninth step, to admit our fault through … Read entire article »

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The Spectrum of Alcohol Abuse from High School to College

  Alcohol abuse and addiction are widely credited as having their origins in early onset drinking during youth.  Starting for most youths in high school and continuing into college, alcohol abuse can be attributed to a variety of factors that differ when looking at certain age demographics of addicts.  For me, my evolution with drinking changed greatly during my teen and college years and now that I am assessing my path I would like to take a look at what I believe are some the reasons for that change. In high school my identity wasn’t shaped entirely by alcohol, yet it did change who I was, what I valued, and how I came to develop a lax attitude in my perceptions and beliefs about the damage that alcohol was causing to all aspects of … Read entire article »

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A History of Presidential Drug Abuse

  The history of our presidents and past presidential candidates illustrates a common vein enmeshed with both occasional and habitual drug use.   In the continuum from our early presidents’ use and economic means of production to recent presidents’ admissions of habitual abuse, drug addiction has a prominent place in the histories of those who have occupied the Oval Office.  Social implications notwithstanding, our presidents have both manufactured and used drugs in very much the same manner addicts of all ages partake in drug use: to cope with stress, strife, and struggle in daily life. Our Founding Fathers represent among the first instances of drug use in the United States.  Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were purveyors of the use of hemp as a means to an economic end as well as … Read entire article »

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Randy Travis Found Drunk and Nude Near Crashed Car

Since 1978, Randy Travis has been writing and performing countless well-known country tunes, such as “On the Other Hand,” “1982,” and “Diggin’ Up Bones,” making his way to the top of the charts.  He won countless awards for his music and performances, but just recently his “bare” routine didn’t end in applause, it ended with him in handcuffs. On Tuesday, August 7th, just before midnight a 9-11 call from a local Sherman, Texas citizen, was shocked at what he saw, stating to the police on the phone, “It looked like a deer at first, but as came by it looked human…. I want to say it was a white male, light brown hair, but I’m not so sure. I want to say he had no shirt on, but I don’t know. … Read entire article »

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Why I Chose the Substances I Used

  The first mind-altering drug I used when I was fourteen years-old was what most youngsters experiment with first: marijuana.  I got hooked on it immediately, after smoking just a few times with a couple of bad influences, and continued using it for another decade until I got sober just six months ago.  Marijuana to me was something that all my friends and I used to socialize, but I took it to another level. I smoked alone most of the time in my room or in the basement, subsequently just sitting on the couch watching my favorite TV shows and munching out on any food I could find in the refrigerator.  Weed did for me what I needed it most, giving me the feeling of relaxation and calmness I craved and otherwise … Read entire article »

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Drugs Replacing the Drink?

Drugs Replacing the Drink?

My father has told me stories of when the drinking age was eighteen…once upon a time back in the seventies and situations in movies like Dazed and Confused, where they had trunk loads of ice cold beer, and driving drunk was a regular affair.  Times were different back then and drinking was more acceptable in our society and the guidelines were less strict.  In our culture today, our government takes drinking offenses to the next … Read entire article »

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DWI vs. DUI: What’s the Diff?

DWI vs. DUI: What’s the Diff?

  With the arrest of NBA point guard and future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd for DWI, less than three days after inking a three-year deal with the New York Knicks worth $9.5 million, people all over the globe are scratching their heads (and other body parts) and asking the question: “What’s the difference between a DWI and a DUI—if any?” DWI, or driving while intoxicated /impaired, and DUI, which stands for driving under the influence, would … Read entire article »

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Addicted to Pain

Addicted to Pain

  Adrenaline junkie, self-saboteur, toxic lover, masochist: The addiction to pain has many manifestations, and the symptoms are commonly seen in alcoholics, both in recovery and out.  In active addiction, these behaviors go with the territory; in sobriety, these same behaviors stand out and may even inflate into substitute addictions. Is freedom just another word for nothing left to lose? If so, then driving drunk can provide the ultimate illusion of freedom: the sensation of total control … Read entire article »

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