The Donald Doesn’t Drink

by Screedler on May 24, 2016

Donald Trump does not drink, smoke, or do drugs.  Here’s why


The Donald’s eldest sibling, Freddy, Jr., did not want to go into the family’s real estate business. Part of the reason may have been that it is widely reported that he simply could not live up to his father’s high standards and demands. Freddy, Jr., while by accounts good-natured, simply could not get along with his father and the two fought often. So, instead of taking on the natural role of the eldest son and entering the family business, he chose to become an Airline Pilot.  teh donald 1

Freddy, Jr. died of alcoholism in 1981, while still at the height of his career of flying, at the age of 43. His death was horrifically self-inflicted and given that Freddy, Jr.’s father, Fred Trump, lived to the age of 93, Freddy, Jr. clearly cut himself down in his prime.

Like many whose lives have been touched by the curse of alcoholism, Trump views it as an addiction that destroys not just the victim, but the families as well. He has gone on record to state,

I’ve never understood why people don’t go after the alcohol companies like they did the tobacco companies. Alcohol is a much worse problem than cigarettes.


The annoying behavior of the nondrinker from a drinking family is flagrantly on display these days in the person of Republican candidate Donald Trump.

But Fred was an alcoholic. When he went off to college, according to his younger brother, he started to drink too much. “He would tell me, ‘Don’t ever drink. Don’t ever drink.’”

Fred Trump could not take his own advice. He died at 42. For Fred’s kid brother Donald, it was a defining moment.


Mr. Trump said he had eventually come to recognize that his brother was a talented pilot and belonged in the clouds, not amid bricks and mortar. But by the time Donald had graduated from college in 1968 and had begun ascending at Trump headquarters on Coney Island, Freddy’s drinking was out of control.

The years that followed were unkind. He got divorced, quit flying because he knew his drinking presented a danger and failed at commercial fishing in Florida. By the late 1970s, he was living back in his parents’ house in Jamaica Estates, working on one of his father’s maintenance crews.

In 1977, Donald asked Freddy to be the best man at his first wedding, to the Czech model Ivana Winklmayr, an honor Donald said he hoped would be “a good thing for him.” But the drinking continued, and four years later, Freddy was dead.

He also said that, at 69, he had grown to appreciate his brother’s free spirit.

“He would have been an amazing peacemaker if he didn’t have the problem, because everybody loved him,” he said. “He’s like the opposite of me.”


Straight Outta The Oval Office

by Screedler on May 20, 2016

In the wake of Prince’s passing and my post of Macklemore’s song about prescription drug abuse; I almost missed this message from the POTUS.

The President is joined by hip hop artist Macklemore to discuss the opioid addiction epidemic in America. (The White House).


Jason’s Journey – In The Shadow of Death

by Screedler on May 16, 2016

The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley will be following Jason Amaral’s ongoing story of addiction and hopefully recovery as he enters rehab this week:

Jason Amaral is a 30-year-old heroin addict living in the Boston area. In college, Jason started experimenting with the pricey painkiller OxyContin, which soon led him to heroin. And so began the life of an addict.

Over the past ten years, he has overdosed 8 times and been in and out of rehab centers. “CBS Evening News” met him the day before he checked back in to rehab, and will follow him on his journey to recovery.


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Sober Toolbox Additions

May 10, 2016

Sometimes, it’s fun to go back in time… but not too far back.  The best from the past without any fluff.  All these posts are from the summer of ’09. Go ahead and hit play. There Was No Sign – Oh, there will be a sign… but it wont be a peppy song. Headed Toward Treatment? – […]

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Chuck Lorre’s First Vanity Card for Mom

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I am pleased to report that after a couple of years, CBS’s sitcom “Mom” has become a bona fide hit show on TV, garnering good ratings and earning awards for the stars and makers. I wondered after the first few episodes if it would have legs and like AA, get people to “Keep coming back”. […]

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The Smoking Gun… I mean Gas Mask Bong.

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(CNN) — It’s turning out to be a very expensive bong hit — and a harsh reminder of the perils of social media — for Laremy Tunsil. It’s rumored Laremy quoted Spicoli when responding to a reporter’s inquiry about losing millions for a bong hit – “Knarly, don’t harsh my buzz dude”.

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We’ll Make Great Pets

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Bob and Millie Frazier, average young New Yorkers who attended a party in the country last night and on the way home took a detour. Most of us on waking in the morning know exactly where we are; the rooster or the alarm clock brings us out of sleep into the familiar sights, sounds, aromas […]

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Macklemore’s Kevin and… Prince?

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In light of the recent speculation around Prince’s passing, I thought I would post this song by Macklemore as it relates the tale of a loved one sucked into addiction by a visit to the doctor. I heard this on the radio last week and was going to post anyway because of the detailed lyrics […]

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Heroin AM – SNL… We Are Not Amused

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Did SNL go too far this week with this Heroin parody ad?  The Washingington Post and it’s readers thought so –

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Cansei de Ser Sexy – Drugs, Alcohol, and Hangovers

April 15, 2016

What’s better than a song by a Brazilian girl band that crafts pop tunes around our subject matter here – three songs. The first one caught me with the “music is my drug” lyric, the second one for it’s title, and the third a logical ending for the trilogy called “Hangover”. CSS (an initialism of […]

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Is This Rock Bottom?

April 12, 2016

Probably not, but I can hope.  The poor guy may never live this one down, as the sleuths of the internet have already figured out where the picture was taken.  They have also deduced that he is a Jimmy Buffet fan, based on his shirt adorned with parrots.  Lucky for him, someone blurred out his face. I am grateful […]

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The Brent Shapiro Foundation

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While binge watching American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson today,  I was so mezmerized with John Travolta’s characterization of Robert Shapiro, I wanted to find out more about the attorney in real life, and after googling for more info found an interesting factoid that fits in with TDA here. Most people over 40 know Shapiro was the […]

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R.I.P. Merle Haggard

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As famous for his music as his hard living days and ways, country music star Merle Haggard passed away earlier this week.  The term “Outlaw Country” was used widely to describe his brand of country music and deservedly so; he was serving a prison sentence for a  drunken escapade in San Quentin when Johnny Cash […]

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Self-Help Sunday

April 3, 2016

I ran across a great post on Quartz that was reprinted from LinkedIn: Almost everyone who is unhappy with life is unhappy for the same reasons If you will read, you will immediately see how it can be helpful in recovery.  In brief, it’s all about setting expectations, thinking positive, and being realistic. Your expectations, more than […]

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