I feel that sometimes the fellowship in recovery doesn’t get the credit it is due. Sometimes you go meetings and you will hear someone say that fellowship will not keep you sober and that the fellowship and the program are two very different things. I even heard someone say in a meeting that they didn’t … Continue reading Your Friends In Sobriety Can Make or Break You
If you are devoted to your faith and have a drug or alcohol problem; a religious based treatment program might be a good fit. In fact, combining your existing faith with a medical recovery program will probably result in a better success rate. I have know plenty of drug using and alcoholic priests in recovery; completely … Continue reading Faith Based Addiction Recovery
After being sober for many years, this is my Al-Anon summary. Hang with me because I am embarrassed by my lack of knowledge. There was a guy named Bill Wilson, who started an organization called Alcoholics Anonymous. He was married to a woman named Lois. This poor lady stayed by his side during his terrible drinking … Continue reading 9 Ways I empowered myself by someone else’s addiction
Providing general information to people about AA, is a very complicated task for me. That's because it can be a polarizing (and sometimes delicate) subject. It shouldn't be. In short -- AA is a non-profit group that helps people with alcohol problems. There's no leader, there's no religious affiliations and there are no fees or requirements to … Continue reading Unraveling some of the mystery and controversy of Alcoholics Anonymous
Quick ways for successful sobriety. These include social media links, prescription pill advice and what to do after rehab.
About six months ago, I was contacted by a young woman to do an interview. It was really quite random. She had visited our website (and probably many others) and felt inspired to create an "alcoholism portal". She called and asked for an informal interview. My husband and I were driving across country, in an RV, … Continue reading Interviewing Alcoholics
I am surprised to learn that there are many famous people who don't drink alcohol -- or never tried it. These celebs are not sober because they suffered from alcoholism or drug addiction - they were just never interested. A few names you might know: Abraham Lincoln, Jennifer Lopez, Donald Trump, Dane Cook, Jennifer Hudson, Penn (from Penn … Continue reading The rich, the famous … the non-drinkers?
I have memory lapses from my first few weeks of being sober. So, it's not hard to imagine that drinking took a toll on my brain. I haven't had a drink in 20 years ... I like to think that I stopped before I did too much damage. But, I can't be sure. Yes, I know about the reported … Continue reading Alcohol’s effect on your brain
Can You Function as an Alcoholic? I could not. My drinking was a full-time job, so naturally any kind of employment got in the way. That is not everyone's story. Some folks can drink heavily without consequence. Others can obtain high achievements while drunk. If you can drink whenever you feel like it, get up … Continue reading Functional Alcoholism
There are so many debates about the kind of language we use when we talk about Substance Abuse and Mental Health. It can be a sensitive topic. For a long time, I was very secretive about referring to myself as an alcoholic. I was embarrassed by that label. To me the word alcoholic equalled "very … Continue reading Definition of Recovery