Famous Alcoholics

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The Donald Doesn’t Drink

May 24, 2016

Donald Trump does not drink, smoke, or do drugs.  Here’s why From http://conservativeamerica-online.com/3-donald-trump-does-not-drink-alcohol/ 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 […]

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The Brent Shapiro Foundation

April 9, 2016

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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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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John Denver ~ Please Daddy Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas

December 16, 2015

Although better known for his upbeat songs like “Country Roads”, “Annie’s Song”, and “Rocky Mountain High”; John Denver had a very dark side and struggled with drug and alcohol abuse throughout his life.  This 1997 article,  John Denver: ‘My dark night of the soul’  is a confessional interview conducted just 6 months before his death in an […]

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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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I Am Chris Farley

December 1, 2015

I caught the new documentary about comedian and Saturday Night Live star Chris Farley on Spike TV over the holiday weekend and despite the way it glosses over the ugly side of his addictions, its worth a watch if you can catch it for free like I did. Claiming to be the “definitive biographical film” about the […]

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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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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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R.I.P. Spock – He Got Sober, Lived Long, and Prospered

February 27, 2015

I am huge OST (Original Star Trek) fan. I still watch them like my father watches Gun Smoke, Bonanza, and The Rifleman. They bring a deep feeling of my youth and comfort. I once went and saw Leonard Nimoy speak while a student at UAB in the mid 80’s. I brought along a pair of […]

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Beware the “Shia LaBeouf”

October 23, 2014

Ok.  I am going to do this post as quickly as I can with absolutely no research.  There should be a way I could reason this post into a message about recovery.  Let’s just say I know from memory that Shia LaBeouf  has been in the news a couple of times over the last few years […]

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The Truth Behind James Bond’s Shaken Martini?

April 3, 2014

This may explain why James Bond was seemingly bulletproof.  A study published in the BMJ concludes that 007 was a problem drinker, and most likely had the shakes.  They really make the case and it is worth reading the whole study. Objective:   To quantify James Bond’s consumption of alcohol as detailed in the series of […]

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Philip Seymor Hoffman, Research, And Detox

June 2, 2013

When I first started in AA; I relapsed more times than I can count.  After starting the program and getting a sponsor,  I would attend meetings regularly, then a slip would happen, and I would go missing for days or weeks.  Not returning my sponsors calls, I would invariably turn up head bowed,and take the walk […]

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Russell Brand on An Almost Relapse

May 5, 2013

Found a post about recovery in my facebook friend feed today.  Believe it or not, not many of my friends talk about recovery on facebook.  So it must be a sign to share it with the rest of you.  It’s a really good piece by Russell Brand that appeared in The Spectator ( is that the British Version of the Daily Beast?).  […]

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Tony Stark Stays Sober…For Now

April 24, 2013

Many years ago, before Iron Man became a staple of  the summer box office blitz, TDA and I were hoping that one day they would incorporate the “Demon in the Bottle” story arc made famous in the original comic book.  Alcohol has been the biggest villain in our lives, and we wanted to see how […]

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