Substance Abuse

The Health Consequences of Secondhand Drinking/Drugging (SHDD)

September 25, 2010

Thank you author and speaker Lisa Frederiksen of Breaking the Cycles for this regular series sharing her decades long experience of dealing with family alcoholism and alcohol abuse. Click here to see the rest of the series. Something most of us do not fully understand is the physical consequences to the health of a family […]

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A Practical Guide for Families Dealing with Addiction

September 19, 2010

I plan to post a Q&A with my friend and talented author Lisa Frederiksen on her new book very soon, but until then here is a quick summary of Loved One in Treatment? Now What? It’s been my experience that books written on the topic of addiction and recovery fall into three general categories: 1) […]

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Medical Marijuana Jumps the Shark

September 17, 2010

Even with the wink-wink-nod-nod acceptance that the majority of “patients” prescribed medical marijuana are looking for a buzz instead of a cure, the cannabis dispensaries in the six states that allow this sort of distribution have maintained an air of legitimacy.  Big money advocacy and loyal stoners of the marijuana lobby have supported this medical […]

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2010 National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month

September 12, 2010

Every month at TDA is all-about-recovery and I usually try to do something extra special in September for the annual National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month. This September though my wife’s chemotherapy is taking priority, but before the chance slips away I would still like to direct you toward this excellent website chock full […]

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The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer: Of Great Spirit and Weak Knees

September 10, 2010

I am officially three weeks into training for the National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer and my progress has been both gratifying and unfortunately, very painful. I have made great strides at increasing my distance and pace, yet I must admit that it was not that hard to show a vast improvement considering the truly […]

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Why Do Heavy Drinkers Outlive Nondrinkers? I Have a Better Question.

September 8, 2010

A hat tip to Healing Imperfectly for bringing to my attention the recent Time Magazine article that asks Why Do Heavy Drinkers Outlive Nondrinkers? The study that suggests that heavy drinkers outlive abstainers has been widely promoted on the net as proof that drinking is “good” for you. Not to rain on the parade of […]

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Don’t Settle for a Happy Hour!

September 4, 2010

It was a few years into early recovery when my life seemed to have hit a plateau. I had a steady job, a place of my own, and a satisfying relationship… a far cry from trembling, alky wreck of yore, but still somehow I felt disappointed. This is what I had gotten sober for? Even […]

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Wat Thamkrabok Walkthru Podcast by Paul Garrigan

September 2, 2010

I am very pleased to post a podcast first from our friend in recovery and author Paul Garrigan who gives us a walkthru of the famous Wat Thamkabrok where the Thai monks have a unique program for treating addicts and alcoholics. While I have visited and posted stories on the opium pipe monastery and the […]

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What Does “Normal” Recovery Look Like?

August 25, 2010

Thank you author and speaker Lisa Frederiksen of Breaking the Cycles for this regular series sharing her decades long experience of dealing with family alcoholism and alcohol abuse. Click here to see the rest of the series. On another site, I responded to a query by a reader concerned about her husband’s behaviors after several […]

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Forget the Wubby, Try Non-Alcoholic Goals

August 23, 2010

Question: Why is goal setting so important in recovery? Answer: One crosses the border into alcoholism when alcohol becomes priority number one. It starts off as just fun, party here, ballgame there. Then it becomes a dating tool or a coping mechanism. Finally it’s having beer instead of morning coffee… lunch break, and midnight snack- […]

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TDA to Run the National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer

August 21, 2010

I am powerless over alcohol. For someone that couldn’t hold down a steady job much less a steady hand one would have thought I would have been inured to helplessness back in my practicing alcoholic days. Not really though- yeah, I had the I’m a victim of chemical imbalance and me-against-the-world conspiracy theory down pat […]

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Lesson of the Humbled Hoff

August 17, 2010

B-List icon and primetime drunk David Hasselhoff was torched by his “peers” at this Comedy Central Roast as they cranked the dial up to high broil with some scathing shots on his alcoholism. Obviously the Hoff knew what was coming; these events have a well deserved reputation for crude, low brow humor but I imagine […]

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Stovall Punished for Breaking the Law- Not for Alcoholism

August 15, 2010

Even though the judge is the final arbiter in this case and has given Bobby Joe Stovall life in prison for his 9th DUI, there still remains a lively public debate on both the sentencing and the circumstances of the crime. Across the internet the comments range from those using alcoholism as an excuse for […]

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Steven Slater: America Celebrates a Relapse

August 13, 2010

I had every intention of writing about anything other than Steven Slater, but it is impossible to get away from this story in America right now. Cable and network news, talk shows, radio, and blogs- it’s 24/7 take this job and shove it. For a country that is experiencing almost 10% unemployment, it seems odd […]

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Blame JetBlue Snit on Alcohol Withdrawals?

August 10, 2010

A JetBlue employee that berated passengers over the PA system before resigning via the emergency slide has gained national attention. Prosecutors say the JetBlue flight attendant (Steven Slater) flipped out over a fight with an agitated traveler Monday, cursing over the intercom before grabbing some beer from the plane’s galley and making a grand exit […]

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