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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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R.I.P. Merle Haggard

April 7, 2016

As famous for his music as his hard living days and ways, country music star Merle Haggard passed away earlier this week.  The term “Outlaw Country” was used widely to describe his brand of country music and deservedly so; he was serving a prison sentence for a  drunken escapade in San Quentin when Johnny Cash […]

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Self-Help Sunday

April 3, 2016

I ran across a great post on Quartz that was reprinted from LinkedIn: Almost everyone who is unhappy with life is unhappy for the same reasons If you will read, you will immediately see how it can be helpful in recovery.  In brief, it’s all about setting expectations, thinking positive, and being realistic. Your expectations, more than […]

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The Trouble with Marty

March 30, 2016

Impossible to find on purpose…  but it is in the public domain.  I am not even sure how I found it.  File this in historical PSA’s.  Heroin, Cocaine, and Marijuana are the demons that trouble Marty; give this film 3 minutes and you will be “hooked”. Drug Addiction by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Inc. Published 1951 Usage Public Domain […]

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Functioning Alcoholic of the Animal Kingdom

March 27, 2016

A regular reader sent me this interesting article on an evolutionary distant relative of humans, that survives and thrives on an almost exclusive diet of alcoholic beverage in the form of a natural fermented nectar.   From Smithsonian.com: The pen-tailed treeshrew of Malaysia gets credit for having the world’s highest alcohol tolerance.  Seven species of animals, including the treeshrew and […]

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Bath Salts

March 24, 2016

In the history of rock and roll, there have been plenty good songs that caution against drug use; but they are usually about the more commonly abused drugs like cocaine, heroine, or LSD.  This one about bath salts strikes me as odd. “Bath Salts” by the highly suspect named band, Highly Suspect , may not be as rock ‘in to me […]

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From MADD To MAD

March 20, 2016

M.A.D.D. might be a good deterrent for drunken drivers.  But what about M.A.D. – Mutually Assured Destruction; that’s the worst case scenario of drunken or drug-fueled destruction.  The Air Force is investigating and has removed from their posts 14 airmen at a nuclear missile base in Wyoming for alleged illegal drug use, in some cases […]

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Leprechaun or Crackhead?

March 17, 2016

A flashback from my home state for a good laugh.

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ch-ch-ch-Changes

March 14, 2016

I am in the midst of a career change, or more accurately a rearrangement. Cutting off ties with my present biggest employer reminds me of terminating some toxic friendships for sobriety’s sake.  The job wasn’t all bad, as it crystallized some of my life goals.  Being happy is way more important than being successful.  Or as I now see it, […]

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Michael Botticelli Speaks Out On Fox

March 10, 2016

Michael Botticelli, our nations new Director of National Drug Control Policy spoke on the Fox Friends show this morning about the current policy on addiction in our country. Watch the latest video at <a href=”http://video.foxnews.com”>video.foxnews.com</a>

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Sia – Chandelier

March 7, 2016

I had my mind expanded last week and went on a pop music binge after learning the song “Chandelier” by Sia was about alcoholism.  How could I miss its meaning after hearing the song and seeing the video so many times?   I just wasn’t looking for it because it was so… pop. In a “best of” interview with Howard Stern […]

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Bonding and Addiction

March 3, 2016

Now if you have time, watch the Ted Talk by Johann Hari from which it was based.

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A Call To Action

February 27, 2016

It’s a call to arms for what we are all fighting for.  Take some time out on Monday and do something that will really help us all.  It’s D-Day for Addiction and we all need to come together. National Call In Day MAKE YOUR VOICE COUNT ON MONDAY FEBRUARY 29TH This Monday at 5:30 PM […]

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My Last Photo on Shatterproof

February 22, 2016

Most recovery oriented websites and blogs were started by people who have experienced addiction first hand. They always share their personal story and sometimes a photo. Originally known as Brian’s Wish, Shatterproof was founded in 2012 by Gary Mendell, whose son, Brian, died at age 25 in 2011 after a long struggle with addiction. The […]

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Sneak Peek of Mom’s Message Tonight

February 18, 2016

After the U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and Mom co-star Allison Janney met backstage at Facing Addiction’s launch event, he accepted her warm invitation to visit the studio and he joined her and others on the set of Mom to record this important PSA. They hope you’ll tune in to Mom this Thursday night, support […]

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