Alcoholic Playbook

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129-a-Day

June 2, 2016

That’s how many people die from drug overdoses every day, and to highlight that number, the Addiction Policy Forum website will be featuring a story a day by families and friends that have lost someone to addiction for the next 129 days.  The campaign started 2 weeks ago and you can catch up on the individual stories here http://www.129aday.org/#!129-stories/llnaf. […]

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Bye, Bye, Love & 42 Pounds of Poison

February 6, 2016

Goodbye Happiness.  When the best case scenario is numb feet and the worst case is losing your kids. One of the most interesting and harrowing documentaries on the dangers of abusing alcohol.  Brought to you by the BBC. FYI – 3 stones equal 41.96 lbs.

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The Kernel – The Addictions Issue

February 1, 2016

Do yourself a favor and check out this week’s issue of The Kernel over at the DailyDot. Interesting articles on addictions of all kinds – including substance abuse. http://kernelmag.dailydot.com/    

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Sharing – What’s It Like To Overdose On Alcohol?

January 28, 2016

Most recovery programs involve the act of sharing your story, whether it be one on one with a professional, in groups held by various recovery groups, or rehab.  Sharing allows individuals to talk about what happened, how they got there, and where they are at now in their recovery as well as any problems they […]

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Twin Peaks Hangover Cure

January 8, 2016

I am a Twin peaks fan but don’t remember this one. Found via Dangerous Minds

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Drug Wars – A New Hope

December 21, 2015

I went and saw Star Wars this weekend and left the theater satisfied  knowing that the direction and future of my beloved movie series seems to be in good hands under the new regime of Disney and company.  Better yet, that’s the feeling I am getting on Michael Botticelli; who along with the new Star […]

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The Ultimate Party Host Challenge

December 8, 2015

Great article from The Cut about how to entertain party guests without alcohol – just in time for all the holiday parties in season for the next few weeks. From The Ultimate Hostess Challenge: Entertaining People Who Don’t Drink, By Jamie Lauren Keiles :   We non-drinkers are legion, and we come from all walks […]

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Scott Weiland R.I.P.

December 5, 2015

Unfortunately Scott Weiland was as famous for being a drug addict as he was for being the lead singer of two great bands, the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver.  He goes now to the great gig in the sky… I hope. He tried many times to get his demons under control, succeeding at taming them for brief periods, but sadly, in the end […]

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Addiction and Terrorism

November 18, 2015

Anytime I hear of an outrageously stupid or atrociously inhumane act; I automatically wonder if substance abuse is a factor; and almost always I am proven right.  People who do these things have to be imbalanced, mentally ill, or demonic for my world view to be right; and there is no better pathway or conduit to those states of being – than substance […]

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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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Malingering Alcoholics and Addicts High-Jack Convenient Maladies

August 9, 2009

 Addicts and Alcoholics High-Jack Convenient Maladies at The Discovering Alcoholic

Depression, anxiety attacks, insomnia, bipolar disorders, and currently one of the most popular- fibromyalgia, are maladies that are often “high-jacked” by addicts and alcoholics as a scapegoat or excuse for substance abuse. Yeah, no doubt many will be offended by this post but I’ll stand firm based on my own personal actions and extensive interaction with alcoholics and addicts in mature recovery that admit to the same. I would be willing to bet that over half of the population diagnosed with said maladies would see their symptoms clear up with treatment… that is substance abuse treatment.

Yes, I am sure that these conditions occur without the presence of and can often lead to substance abuse. More often than not though, people become depressed because they are a drunk- not the other way around, anxiety attacks are more likely acute withdrawals, and of course getting high and the subsequent crash to sobriety is about as bipolar as you can get!

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The Alcoholic Playbook: Using Elements of the Truth

August 8, 2009

Diane Schuler: Using Elements of the Truth at The Discovering AlcoholicThere is an awful lot of unnecessary conjecture going on about how seemingly normal Diane Schuler became both stoned and drunk before killing herself and seven other people in a head on collision by driving into oncoming traffic. I have read everything from conspiracy theories that her drink was spiked (I guess her cigarettes too?) to the family’s denial that the crash could have been caused by her diabetes. It has been my experience though that most people who get that drunk, that quick, have had plenty of practice.

So how did she keep this substance abuse from her family? The answer can be found in The Alcoholic Playbook; she used elements of the truth to cover for otherwise suspicious behavior and to misdirect unwanted attention. Alcoholics are rumored to have an almost uncanny ability to hide their drinking, but the truth of the matter is that they can rarely pass direct scrutiny so they make sure other obvious issues remain front and center as distractions. I would say that at least at the time of her death, she was using health issues as a means of misdirection and even enablement.

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McNair Dead, Drunk: Would He Have Seen it Coming Sober?

July 20, 2009

McNair Dead, Drunk at The Discovering AlcoholicOne need not be a prognosticator to divine alcohol’s lead role in violence, crime, and accidents, but I am going to say I told you so anyway. Toxicology reports from Steve McNair murdered a few weeks back by his mistress showed he was at least twice the legal limit for intoxication at the time of his death. There is no real way of knowing how drunk and more importantly stupid he was before he fell asleep/passed out.

Drunk and stupid usually run hand in hand, but stupid is the key in this case because you have to wonder how many signs McNair missed that his mistress was becoming a bunny boiler. A man that made millions with his superb situational awareness and ability to read defenses- was whacked by a deranged teenager because he went on a week long bender. Now that’s a legacy! No doubt this one belongs in the alcoholic playbook, for all the opportunities missed, and worse, all the warning signs ignored by those to drunk to notice.

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