Commentary

Celebs get second chance, why not other addicts?

An article in NJ.com by our own Ira: Celebrities often seem to be afforded multiple opportunities at recovery and rehabilitation. But the typical New Jerseyan struggling with substance abuse tends to become trapped in a cycle of addiction, unemployment and incarceration. Members of the New Jersey State Legislature are attempting to provide incarcerated individuals dealing …

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Minding Our Own Business

When I first got sober, I wanted to save the world. It became clear to me that the 12 Steps were going to be a big part of getting my life straightened out. It also became clear — now that I wasn’t out there with them — that there were a lot of other folks who needed …

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The Serenity Prayer And Me

Religion is extremely important to the great majority of people on this planet.  It gives them reasonably coherent systems of ethics and moral guidance, community, support in hard times, and hope for a better life.  In many cases, it gives their lives structure and meaning. I am not a religious person myself, instead thinking of …

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H. O. W.

After we leave detox, and during and after drug and alcohol treatment, we often start hanging around recovery clubs and other meeting rooms.  There we see and hear a lot of slogans, aphorisms and so forth.  Some seem pretty inane.  Others seem too simple to be of much use.  But one thing they are is ubiquitous …

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Strength? We don’t need no stinkin’ strength!

Nowadays I hear a lot of folks saying (to recovering people) things like “You’re so strong!” and “Be strong!”  I hear newcomers say “I pray for the strength to beat my addiction,” and other stuff like that.  While I understand the thinking behind such remarks (all too well), there are a few comments I’d like …

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You may be the only Big Book they’ll ever read. (AA Saying)

It probably seems as though this article has nothing to do with addiction.  I beg to differ.  Read it, think about it a bit, and then comment if you like. …there are a lot of vicious cycles in the headlines recently. Obesity spreading among friends and NASA’s alleged culture of drinking, just to name two …

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George Carlin Was Sooooo Right!

I’ve been off the grid for the last few days on vacation, and just got to a WiFi connection. As a result, I hadn’t seen the news about the U.S. credit rating reduction. Sometimes you get lucky. With no intention of creating a political discussion here, and the assurance that I’ll ignore one if it …

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Do social networking sites turn teens into substance abusers?

(CBS) Is social networking turning America’s youth into substance abusers? Teens who use Facebook and other social networking sites on a daily basis are three times as likely to drink alcohol, twice as likely to use marijuana, and five times more likely to smoke tobacco than teens who don’t frequent the sites. “The findings in …

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