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Co-Occurring Disorders

Double or Nothing: The Two Diseases That Want Me Dead

My depression didn’t entirely cause my alcoholism, but it certainly played a key role.

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Coronavirus

With Facemasks Politicized, Alcoholics Anonymous Faces a Conundrum

Due to rules discouraging political discussion, AA members can’t discuss a wide-ranging fear: contracting COVID-19 from maskless science deniers. For a program requiring clear-eyed honesty, that’s a very bad thing.

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Aa

Unacceptable

Reopening the economy during a pandemic is eroding a key AA tenet.

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Dogs

Post-Traumatic Pals: How a Rescue Dog Taught Me Faith and Trust in Recovery

We have both known pain, fear, hopelessness. We have both had the odds stacked severely against us. Given our histories, Vector and I could each easily be dead.

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Addiction Recovery Podcasts

Podcast Review: Seasons of Sobriety

Howard M.’s recovery-based podcast stays on message rather than focusing on war stories.

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Sackler Family

Prevent Opioid Overdose Deaths: A Call for Specific Prescribing Laws and Physician Oversight

Make doctors precisely explain why they are prescribing opioids and why they decided on the pill count and refill allowance for each patient. 

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Detoxing In Jail

Warning: Detoxing in Jail May Lead to Severe Injury or Death

Given the undeniable and inextricable link between jails and dangerous withdrawal from drugs and alcohol, isn’t it time that more jails had adequate detox infrastructure and medical personnel?

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Addiction News

Scared Straight: How My Fear in Early Sobriety Evolved Into Lifesaving Discipline

I was free from myself. And this freedom was a direct result of being completely mortified at having put myself in such a precarious, powerless position. It was the most honest fear I’d ever felt – and the healthiest.

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Addiction News

Why You Should Embrace AA Groupthink and Shed Your Terminal Uniqueness

AA encouraged me, a sauced snowflake loaded on liquor and individualistic narcissism, to put aside enough of myself to embrace two traits required to curb my alcoholism: discipline and structure.

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Addiction News

Does Everything Actually Happen for a Reason?

“Everything happens for a reason” conflicts with AA principles: it misleads recovering alcoholics into thinking they are special—that they are somehow more worthy of salvation than the addict or alcoholic who perished. “Because genocide.” That was me, in my typically understated fashion, explaining to a newly recovering alcoholic why he shouldn’t heed the single silliest […]