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My Path to Sobriety and Gratefulness

  After being in rehab for over five months and achieving sobriety, I have finally turned my cell phone back on. However, my old friends and connections back home where I was involved in the drug scene were unaware of this. This is not to say I haven’t been in contact with my friends. I am the type of drug addict who compartmentalizes his addiction. I have some really good friends whom I will always stay in contact with no matter what. On the other hand there has always been another area of friends who I am solely involved with due to drug use.  As much as I try to compartmentalize these two aspects of my life, they occasionally cross paths. This happened today. About thirty minutes ago I received a phone call … Read entire article »

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‘Friends’ star Matthew Perry talks about his battle with alcoholism and addiction

‘Friends’ star Matthew Perry talks about his battle with alcoholism and addiction

  Actor Matthew Perry appears on the cover of People magazine this week, where he openly discusses his battle with alcohol and drug addiction over the years before getting sober. Perry, now 43, is most renowned for starring on the immensely popular TV show Friends which ran from 1994 to 2004. Although he was adored on screen by the public as the witty, sardonic ‘Chandler Bing,’ Perry felt isolated in his internal struggle with alcoholism and addiction. “From … Read entire article »

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Experts Want Video Game Addiction Added to Mental Health Manual As Gaming Becomes Serious Obsession for Some

Experts Want Video Game Addiction Added to Mental Health Manual As Gaming Becomes Serious Obsession for Some

  In May, a new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is scheduled to be released, and experts hope that it will recognize video game addiction. Hilarie Cash runs Seattle-based Restart, one of the few rehab centers that treat internet and video-game addiction in North America. According to Cash, “People’s lives completely fall apart, and there are people who die from it.” (CBC News, 2013) Though these extreme cases are a … Read entire article »

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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 »

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The Importance of Honesty

The Importance of Honesty

Honesty is one of the indispensable principles in a successful program of sobriety. Even more than that, it is essential in order to live a happy and free life. It can be hard to be honest, especially about things that are uncomfortable or have unpleasant consequences. But by being honest, I have found that I get to be accountable and grow into a better person. Of course, it is important to be aware of what … Read entire article »

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The Tool of Forgiveness

The Tool of Forgiveness

  Forgiveness, as an addict, is one of the most ridiculous concepts someone could try to explain to me. Forgive you? When you wronged me? Or you forgive me? When I messed up everything? But as I move on with my life, and try to do things right, I start to see that forgiveness is one of the most powerful tools that sobriety can give me. Not only am I capable of forgiving others, and not … Read entire article »

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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 »

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How Activities Help My Sobriety

How Activities Help My Sobriety

  As recovering addicts we often face challenging, imposing lives full of new responsibilities and a scary void of empty time to fill.  While in rehab and addiction treatment programs, my days were structured for me.  At times frustrating, this often all-encompassing mentality of having my time managed by others served me well.  I would not have done nearly half of the requirements or suggested practices learned in classes if I had it my way and … Read entire article »

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Personal Accountability

  Personal accountability is an essential component of recovery, one that many addicts are lacking as a result of their habitual drug abuse.  The experienced drug user will use any means necessary to withdraw from family, friends, work, or anything else that might interfere with his using and abusing.  I know this because I have acted this way in my life. Simply put, I chose marijuana over people I loved.  The result was friends lost and people hurt.  In my lifetime, I have spent numerous hours, days, and even weeks consuming my drug of choice rather than living a healthy life. The use of marijuana or other drugs is often done in groups of people who may be considered “friends” by the user.  Who knows how far they would go for each other?  … Read entire article »

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Sponsorship Gone Wrong

Sponsorship Gone Wrong

  Completing the twelfth step of Alcoholics Anonymous signifies that one has a working knowledge of all twelve steps, hopefully applying them daily, and an able Sponsor—a fellow alcoholic in the program who mentors other alcoholics, helping them work through and understand the twelve steps, just as their Sponsors had done with them. Up until now, I have had two Sponsors throughout my nearly six months of sobriety.  I chose my initial Sponsor on impulse because the … Read entire article »

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