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A Captain Speaks

November 3, 2015

We have done a couple of posts before on William Shatner and the tragedy he went through with his wife.  But this newer interview deserves viewing as a stark reminder.  Shatner is known to over emote often when acting, but his emotion here comes through as painfully real.  If you love someone and they are […]

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TDA Halloween Challenge

October 31, 2015

This creepy 35 second Hanna Barbera anti-drug PSA has the best catchphrase ever at the end. Happy Halloween!!!

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A Kennedy Comes Out

October 6, 2015

One of the most interesting and worthwhile interviews about addiction I have seen on 60 Minutes in some time. One time congressman and son of Ted Kennedy, Patrick opens up about how his problem and our problem are really the whole nation’s problem. Patrick Kennedy on 60 Minutes. View More: Newsmakers News|60 Minutes News|Live News|More […]

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September 28, 2015

Maybe I should have saved this one for Halloween. Posted in 2012, it has over 6 million views and most of the 2000 comments go something like these: and the rest are similar –

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Running from Addiction

September 24, 2015

SB Nation has an interesting longform article on Ultramarathon runners and the high percentage who used to… get high.  The article focuses on Catra Corbett, a former meth addict who is now part of an ultra elite group – one of only only five people in the world who has run one hundred 100 mile […]

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Fiorina Reveals Family Substance Abuse Tragedy in Debate

September 19, 2015

Believe it or not, I watched most of the Republican Presidential Debate on Wednesday. The standout moment for me, being in recovery was Fiorina and this preface to her comments on drug policy, during which she criticized equating marijuana with alcohol. I had no ideal that she had lost a child to drug addiction and […]

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Beer Cans of Truth

September 15, 2015

Following the marketing strategy of Coca-Cola; beer makers are now offering their own line of personalized cans. Be the first on your block to get one that tells the world “I drink a lot of beer” and…  

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Nathaniel & The Night Sweats

September 9, 2015

Have you ever experienced night sweats while trying to get clean.  Did your hands shake?  What about feeling that bugs were crawling all over you?  Has your drinking ever led to some jail time? A strong contender for Best Music Video of the Year.   From Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats press kit: The place where […]

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Mama Please Take Their Drugs Away

September 4, 2015

I am not a fan of this song; and I do not buy what the band leader says here after the vid.  Nothing rings true about any of it to me.  The band is Bobaflex and they try way to hard to be hard.   The song itself sounds like 10 other songs on Octane’s play […]

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The Downfall of Palcohol

August 27, 2015

We here at TDA have already given Palcohol a big thumbs down and predicted it’s doom, and now it seems most of our states are following suit.  Last week Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Friday that bans the sale of powdered alcohol, known as Palcohol, across the state.  The governor and supporters say the powdered […]

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August 16, 2015

Sorry to double down on Jason Isbell, but I am going to do it anyway.  His new album and last are chock full of recovery related material by his own admission.  You just have to listen with the ears of experience to pick up on some of it. My first introduction to his music was the […]

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Jason Isbell, a Sober Success Story

August 13, 2015

So proud of this Alabama man for growing up.  Getting sober has put him on top of the musical world for the moment. Here he is talking about the benefits of sobriety at Bonnaroo: My new favorite song; it’s about being thankful:

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Johnny Johnson’s Horrible Secret

August 8, 2015

Getting addicted to anything will have consequences. Case in point, poor Johnny Johnson – his DOC (Drug Of Choice, for newbies)- painting hamsters blue. Created by the Cambridge Graphics and Animation Society in 1998, based on a poem by Nick Stansfield.

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Letters from Hell – Part 9

June 18, 2010

I want to thank Screedler for posting these Letters From Hell. This is a weekly feature that I always promote to the front page, some of the language may be disturbing but I think it is important that the text remains unedited the way it was originally written from jail.

Welcome to Letters from Hell Part 9. This letter seems pretty matter of fact to me. This was probably the easiest week I had in the joint. The gang had left and my thefts were down. Click here to read all the prior installments of the series.

June 13, 2006

Dear Paul and Nan,

I hope this letter finds you doing well. I am doing pretty good. I had an enjoyable visit with Dad and Amy on Saturday. I really enjoyed seeing Amy.

I haven’t had anything stolen recently – it’s been almost a week since the last attack. I’ve learned how to hide and watch my stuff. I also only order things from the store that are easily hid. Flat things like beef sticks and peanut butter crackers that I can hide in my socks and underwear. Another reason for the reduction in crime has been the breakup of the gang. I can’t remember if I told you or dad before in one of my letters that they moved most of the gang out of Pod 9.

My main complaints now are constant hunger, lack of hygiene, and boredom. I have been asking the guards for finger nail clippers for over a week now and they always say someone else will bring them – but no one does. I am also having a problem with my skin itching, flaking, and weird bumps. The water we have is highly chlorinated and has who knows what else in it. I really miss real world water, food, and toiletries.

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