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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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Human Guinea Pigs Test The Legal Limit

November 10, 2015

I neither condone nor condemn their methods. Not exactly scientific, but certainly real world.

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“Going to Jail for DUI” Holodeck

November 6, 2015

It may not be as grand a technological achievement as Star Trek’s often used Holodeck; but a bar in Utah did a great job of reminding it’s patron’s that driving under the influence has serious consequences this last Halloween, by turning its bathroom into a faux jail cell. SkySLC in Salt Lake City partnered with […]

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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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Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS)

October 27, 2015

Every year in the U.S., drunk driving claims more than 10,000 lives and costs approximately $199 billion. Move over MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), there’s a new deterrent to driving while impaired with an easy to remember acronym: DADSS. The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, or DADSS, program is a collaborative research partnership between […]

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The Verdict Is In

October 23, 2015

No alcohol during pregnancy — ever.  That’s the word from U.S. pediatricians. The American Academy of Pediatrics has put out a clear message: Don’t do it.  Ever.  At all.  Not even a tiny bit. No amount of alcohol should be considered safe to drink during any trimester of pregnancy. The group released a report Monday […]

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The Saturation Patrol Problem

October 10, 2015

Did you know that it is illegal for law enforcement to have sobriety checkpoints in Wisconsin? That is just the tip of the insanity iceberg when it comes to Wisconsin’s lenient laws on drinking and driving.

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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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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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Secondhand Alcohol Harm

August 31, 2015

I often see PSA’s on the damage caused by alcohol to the user; this one is about its effect on others. IAS – Alcohol’s Harm to Others from The Institute of Alcohol Studies on Vimeo. The numbers here in America are much larger. Our friend Lisa, over at Breaking The Cycles has a great post […]

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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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Denial – The Big Bad and Ugly of It!

May 24, 2009

Promoted to the front page from the user blogs, you can click here to find past blogs by Toby12321. Denial, along with lying and selfishness, is part of the unholy trinity of alcoholism. Not only in just drinking, denial about our actions and true self can persist for many years in recovery and can be difficult to distinguish from the truth. Thanks for sharing Toby!

Original pic by Dan4th under creative commons attribution license now at The Discovering AlcoholicI just finished watching the TV Program “Intervention”. It is amazing how I see myself in their situation. Denial is the big one. I never had a problem with drinking. Everyone else had a problem minding their own business, I thought.

My mother, whose father was an alcoholic and died of cirrhosis of the liver, was constantly trying to get me help. I hated it. She is gone now; she died of cancer in 1992. I had been sober for 2 1/2 years when she passed.

My mother tried repeatedly to get me help. She was always nagging me and would get on my nerves. I finally agreed one Sunday to go to a rehab. My father and mother took me. It was an old hotel here in PA. We arrived and went to the office. They told me to let my bags and go to the meeting being held down the way. This was my first ever experience with AA. I stood in the back of the room. It was packed with a few hundred people. The main speaker kept telling these stories that just seemed impossible to believe. I’m thinking what a jerk. I can’t believe these people even believe some of the things he was telling us. He was talking more bull than a bar full of drunks during hunting season.

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