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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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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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Under The Influence

August 24, 2015

Elle King’s follow up to her massive hit Ex’s & Oh’s, Under the Influence is probably about love, but then again a lot of people love alcohol and drugs.  She is the daughter of actor and comedian Rob Schneider, aka Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo.

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Unite to Face Addiction Rally

August 20, 2015

Facing Addiction, a new, national organization that will serve as a voice for the over 85 million Americans impacted by addiction, is proud to announce the “UNITE to Face Addiction” rally, a free event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, October 4, 2015. The rally will find Facing Addiction teaming with 450 […]

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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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Situational Cravings

October 23, 2007

Contributed by our friend Erin over at:

I can honestly say that for the most part, I don’t think about using drugs. There was a time when that was all I thought about but luckily, that’s not the case anymore. That’s not to say that I don’t ever think about it…I do.

What I have found is that I will have urges to use in two scenarios. One is when I’m going to a social function. I still have a mild case of social anxiety. Maybe by calling it social anxiety I am making more out of it than it really is. It takes me a little while to feel comfortable in social settings. It is in the midst of me feeling uncomfortable that I start to think about “the good old days” when I would numb this anxiety with the use of drugs.

The other scenario involves any kind of turmoil or tension between my husband and I. It’s really weird, we’ll have a fight about something, which married couples do from time to time, and my first instinct is to say “I wanna get effed up”. It’s like a knee jerk reaction to me feeling anger towards him. “Ooh, I’ll show him, I’ll get whacked out”. Ya, that will show him alright.

Luckily I have come to recognize these moments for what they are. Yes they are cravings, but it is a direct result of me needing work in certain areas. I need to work on better ways of overcoming my social anxiety. I need to work on better ways of communicating and dealing with my anger towards my husband when the situation arises.

I guess you could say that I need to improve on my coping skills. I’m hoping that by recognizing this in myself, and trying to find a way to improve on this I will have a different knee jerk reaction when presented with these situations. One which doesn’t involve my thought automatically turning towards drugs.

Is that even possible? I honestly can’t tell you one way or the other. I can say that I have my doubts. There is a reason that people are in recovery for the rest of their life right? Maybe that reason is because there is no real changing of addictive thinking, there is only recognition of it.

Right now my only defense against addictive thinking is the certainty that it is there, and that it is what it is. I would really love to hear other people’s thoughts on this. Has anyone gotten past their tendency for addictive thinking?

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