The Futility of Drunkeness

by Screedler on April 22, 2014

I have seen this video on my newsfeed more than once, described as The Futility of Existence. Few have pointed out that the guy is obviously plastered. It is not existence that is futile, it is being drunk that seems like a dead end to accomplishing anything.


Sober Toolbox Additions

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by Screedler on April 19, 2014

Sober Toolbox Additions are where we revisit posts from the past that were more focused on the nuts and bolts of recovery, or something you should not have missed just because your new here, and re-post them in our new Sober Toolbox tab. All these posts are from the beginning of 2009.

Over five years old, all these posts were by Gavin, the first discoverer at TDA.  But that toolbox to the right, that’s mine.  Screedler measures things for a living.  That’s a set of micrometers I use almost daily.  The right tools can help you in so many ways; so make sure you are always adding to your sober toolbox.

2009: History We Make Today  – building your sobriety

First Year - A reader celebrates one year sober!





A Good Alcoholic - Do you have what it takes? I hope not.

Overconfidence - That I got this feeling can be dangerous.





Blindfolded Fear - Fear is the mind killer


No More Junk

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by Screedler on April 17, 2014

A junkless junkie?  Maybe the number one reason to stay clear of drugs.  Friends of Andre Johnson of the rap group Northstar ,said they were not doing the “kind of drugs” that would make one do what ahem  Mr. Johnson did; cut off his penis and jump off the balcony of his two-story apartment.   Hmm,  what kind of drugs might those be, I mean one’s that give you the urge to cut off your junk.  PCP, Bath salts, Bed Bugs.

Johnson, also known as Andre Roxx and Christ Bearer, according to TMZ, was with other members of Northstar in a second-floor apartment of a building in North Hollywood early this morning when suddenly and without warning, he mutilated himself and jumped from the balcony.

When they raced downstairs to find him, he was up and running around, screaming, TMZ said.

CNN quoted Los Angeles Police Sgt. William Mann as confirming that Johnson survived the fall and was taken, along with his recovered penis, to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was being treated.

No word yet on what might have triggered this but the people who were with him told TMZ that at the time they were not doing “the kind of drugs” that might cause such an act.

Initial reports claimed Johnson was “associated” with Wu-Tang Clan, but a publicist for the group, Heathcliff Berru, said Johnson is actually with Northstar. He’s not in Wu-Tang Clan nor directly affiliated with it, Berru said, at least not in the eight years he’s worked with the group.

However, Northstar, a Long Beach, California, hip-hop group, is on the list of WTC “affiliates,” according to Wikipedia.

Johnson, who performs as Christ Bearer, has recording credits that include When the Guns Come Out, which was included on the soundtrack of the 2004 film Blade: Trinity, according to the Internet Movie Database.


Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite

April 13, 2014

A well done fake, but this is not –

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Music To Let Go With

April 10, 2014

I have posted a lot of negative energy music videos recently so thought I had better balance it out with a positive one that brings to mind a personal favorite inner saying – Let Go and Let God. Hundred Waters – Cavity from Michael Langan on Vimeo. There’s a man walking with a rope and [...]

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A Knife In The Neck Of Stoner Rock

April 10, 2014

I must confess I never put two and two together when considering the name of the rock band Queens of The Stone Age. I have enjoyed their music for years but the band name always evoked images of of classic old scifi caveman movies like “100 Million Years BC” for me. Little did I know [...]

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April 6, 2014

A rare find, A negative piece on Alcoholics Anonymous that is not too snarky/nasty and had points worthy of thinking about:  “The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry” by Dr. Lance Dodes and Zachary Dodes found on Salon with the tagline Debunking Alcoholics Anonymous: Behind the myths of recovery. [...]

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The Truth Behind James Bond’s Shaken Martini?

April 3, 2014

This may explain why James Bond was seemingly bulletproof.  A study published in the BMJ concludes that 007 was a problem drinker, and most likely had the shakes.  They really make the case and it is worth reading the whole study. Objective:   To quantify James Bond’s consumption of alcohol as detailed in the series of [...]

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Adema’s Giving In – Relapse Song #5

March 31, 2014

No worries here, not relapsing for real. But, I let my top relapse songs list relapse, giving up after post number four. This is a continuation of a piece that will eventually become my top ten relapse songs. Songs that might push you over the edge in key moments of your journey to sobriety. So [...]

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Trouble In Toad Suck

March 29, 2014

Think before you drink, especially when breast feeding in public. I think the waitress, who claims Ms. Adams was drinking more than just a couple of beers truly believed that a child was in danger and did the right thing by reporting it. Should establishments have a ban on serving drinks to nursing woman? Update [...]

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Ding Dong The Witch is Dead … or is She?

March 26, 2014

We have done many stories at TDA on the dangers of the alcopop drink Four Loko since it came on the market: Four Loko – Blackout in a Can or Legal Speedball? The Four Loko Banned Wagon Four Loko Victim of Political Witchhunt? New Four Loko Deaths – drink from hell still killing kids even after caffeine removed So [...]

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March 23, 2014

Stumbled upon a neat new recovery resource, KLEAN Radio is a live, weekly call-in show Sunday evenings available live on AM Radio, Sirius and Video Stream. Full disclosure, it is run by a group of recovery centers on the west coast called, no surprise KLEAN Recovery Centers, but from what I have heard in listening [...]

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Vanity Fair’s Not So Great Advice

March 20, 2014

Whomever crafted this informational video for Vanity Fair might have an ulterior motive, as in posting a follow-up video that says, Gotcha! Happy April Fools Day!; or they are just woefully misinformed. Someone I know, not me, has taken dozens, perhaps a dozen dozen drug tests, and can without a doubt say if you follow [...]

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Mayor Of Boston Throws First Punch

March 18, 2014

We can always count on The Onion to show how dumb the drinking associated with many holidays has become. Boston Mayor Throws Out First Punch At St. Patrick’s Day Parade Did you know that in the past bars in Ireland were required by law to be closed on St. Patricks Day. St Patrick’s Day was [...]

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The Juice Is Never Worth The Squeeze

March 15, 2014

After a guy gets drunk five nights in a row to test hangover cures, he is finally advised by a medical professional that the juice is never worth the squeeze.

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