The Discovering Alcoholic

Without a Net

November 10, 2009

A little over two years ago I wrote this post about Oxycontin based on an article from the London Free Press. At the time, I missed the fact that this was the London of Ontario, Canada instead of the UK. It was embarassing, but I’ll get over it. I had originally posted a correction at [...]

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We Have a Pulse!

October 19, 2009

I have been able to post a nightly TDA update for almost two years even despite overseas flights, holidays, sickness, and inumerable work assignments-

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A harsh blow, but the blog must go on

September 23, 2009

Out of the blue, I unexpectedly lost super Dave the drupal jedi as my blog support guru and have enlisted the aid of a new tech master to help me transfer 2 ½ years of TDA posts and comments over to a more manageable WordPress platform. The job will take some time and while in the process I am suspending comments and user-blogs. We are already testing the new platform- hopefully the transition will be smooth and soon we can all get back to our regular routine.

My apologies for the reduction in services; it’s been tough losing Dave but I wish him all the best. Not all things go as planned in recovery, sometimes you get nailed by life when you least expect it. When it happens, you have to get up again and continue to look for ways to make it better (and that is exactly what I am doing- stay tuned). Neil is a good friend, seasoned techie, and a well know blogger of another genre. There will be a new direction and additional features with the WP version and I’m sure the site will flourish under the auspices of the new TDA technical support.

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Not just Another Day

September 2, 2009

Today marks the beginning of the 2009 National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month- go here to find special events held in your area over the next couple of weeks. It seems fitting that it also marks my birthday- as if the fiddle playing cat wasn’t a big enough hint. I can think of no better gift than the ever increasing awareness and participation that this month gets every year and it will only get better if we keep spreading the word.

No happy birthdays for me please- instead, tell a friend about recovery month and why it is so important that we “educate the public on substance abuse as a national health crisis, that addiction is a treatable disease, and that recovery is possible.”

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Discovering Alcoholic, Hear Me Roar!

April 26, 2009

 

TDA Coffee Mugs

Coffee.  A classic symbol of sobriety and one of my guilty pleasures, join me in a cup?

 

 

I can think of no better place for The Discovering Alcoholic logo to be displayed than on a coffee mug. Wake up everyday to hot cup of java emblazoned with the symbol that will remind you that even the worst day in recovery… is a thousand times better than the best day as a drunk. 

 

So click here to pull up the ShopTDA store where I am offering a coffee mug for every occasion: The travel mug for on the run at work or at play, the TDA logo is a secret symbol for the recovery community only the insiders know!  The small office mug with TDA logo and no text, so you can celebrate recovery even at the office!  Then there is the king/queen size mug (my favorite) that shouts I am a discovering alcoholic, hear me roar!

 

Way too much coffee.  But if it weren’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever.  ~David Letterman

 

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TDA Turns Two!

March 22, 2009

TDA Turns Two at The Discovering Alcoholic

In March of 2007 I officially launched The Discovering Alcoholic. Since May of the same year the site has been updated daily without fail and traffic continues its steady climb. I am extremely pleased and even amazed myself to be able to announce reaching this two year milestone, especially when you consider that over half of all blogs are abandoned in the first month. If you think about it, recovery blogs probably even have a worse record for abandonment (relapse) taking into account the stability and source of the content. No doubt I am proud of this fact just as I am of my uninterrupted 14 years in recovery, but nothing is as rewarding as the feedback and e-mails received from readers stating that the site has played a part in their recovery also… that is the icing on this birthday cake!

Thank you all for reading, participating on the site as well as in my own recovery, and making TDA a success. And keep coming back, I have plans to make TDA in the third year better than ever.

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Successful, but still guilty?

December 27, 2008

Calorie counting at The Discovering AlcoholicI intermittently go on health kicks and routinely use the elliptical trainers in hotels to reduce the tension that builds in my back and neck from long periods of inactivity due to driving and flying. Never though, have I seriously applied myself to a diet regimen to lose weight. Actually, I never really needed to… until now.

I passed forty a few months back and started to become very self conscious about the extra pounds the last few years had added. When my wife headed off to Thailand at the beginning of November, I decided that two months spent away from her “to-die-for” cooking would be a good time shed to this weight. My starting weight was 165 pounds and I allowed my cheap programmable scale to set the goal of 149 pounds based on a BMI calculator. It really hasn’t been that hard, I don’t adhere to any specific diet instead just concentrating on reducing the number of calories I consume daily. After two months into it I’m at 152 pounds. Sounds successful right, so why am I feeling guilty?

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Update: Meet the Discovering Alcoholic

November 17, 2008

It’s a great pleasure to say that The Discovering Alcoholic hasn’t missed a nightly update in over a year and readership has increased by the thousands, so I figured introductions are in order for those new to the site. You have probably already guessed by the site name that yes, I am a recovering alcoholic clean and sober without relapse since the fall of 94’ and keep feeling better everyday. I am proud of my recovery and often share this fact.

I consider most substance addictions as birds of a feather, not making great distinction between drug addicts and alcoholics. It is my belief that any step toward recovery is a smart step and I support most programs including AA, NA, MA, religious groups, self-styled, and rehabs. I am a member of a substance abuse task force, hold a recovery class every week at a local methadone clinic, always have at least one or two alcoholics/addicts to which I act as a sponsor, and of course there is TDA. I have found through my efforts of attempting to help others that my own spirituality, confidence, and appreciation of life greatly increases.

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Stories That Almost Made it on TDA this Month

September 18, 2008

photo by nevet5It’s not hard to find content for a site that concentrates on addiction and recovery topics, I just wish most of the news stories that got picked up on the radar were positive! As I run across relative news stories while surfing I usually just throw them in my favorites and move on, most of the time I either forget they have been saved or just have too many stories to choose from to write about.

With a cast of characters that sounds more like the start of a joke (a priest, movie star, and a drunk walk into a bar…), these stories would have made good topics, but for one reason or another just didn’t make it to my front page. There are quite a few here so I have forgone adding any comments, but I have placed them in sequence of how the mighty have fallen progressing to those falling mightily.

Priest Selling Cocaine from Rectory-

The Reverend Christopher Layden pleaded not guilty Thursday to two counts of delivery of less than 1 gram of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church and one count of possession with intent to deliver 1 to 15 grams of cocaine near a church. The 33-year-old was arrested Wednesday at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center after investigators found 3 grams of cocaine and drug paraphernalia while searching his home and office.

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Screedler’s Top Five Benefits of Getting Sober

August 31, 2008

Happy Birthday TDAHello everyone, it’s been a while since I posted a blog on anything. I have tried to make comments on TDA’s posts from time to time to stay in the loop. Today is a special day for TDA (it’s not actually today but soon) and I thought I would write my own post and hope it worthy enough for him to post on the front page so he could take a little break today or tomorrow from writing. As you can tell he is pretty adamant about keeping the site updated every day – no matter how he feels physically, mentally, or what demands the rest of the world has for him. He knows this is part of his recovery and that it must come first.

I owe him thanks for my own sobriety and can’t tell anyone enough about how much he helped me when I was still a suffering alcoholic. I can honestly say I probably would not have become sober without his help and concern. He took care of so much for me when I simply couldn’t .

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A Worthy Project?

March 15, 2007

HBO will begin a 14 part documentary this weekend on addictions. If the content lives up to the hype and marketing it could very well be a worthy project.

I plan to watch and report as the episodes air.

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