Staying Sober

Can Recovering Addicts and Alcoholics Safely Attend Holiday Parties?

Alcoholics and drug addicts in early recovery seem generally to take one of two attitudes toward holiday gatherings: either they are afraid to go, or they feel they need to challenge themselves in some way. Obviously, people in early recovery are more vulnerable than folks who have been clean and sober for several years.  Newcomers …

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“My Name is Roger, and I’m an alcoholic.”

Famous people — more than you’d think — have the same problems with drug addiction, alcohol abuse, alcoholism and the myriad other forms of addiction as the rest of us.  Most of them manage to stay beneath the radar, despite the efforts of a disrespectful media circus.  Occasionally, one will share his or her “experience, …

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Notice: Someone else needs to run the world — I quit!

Happy Winter, and Happy Holidays! Didn’t watch the total eclipse of the moon this morning, but I imagine it went off OK without my attention. Some years ago I finally got the idea that I’m not responsible for the operation of the whole Solar system, just my tiny little part of it. For a long …

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Addicts Overcome Holiday Stress with Meditation

Demitrius, now 28, won’t be able to open gifts or ring in the new year with his family. Instead, he’ll spend the holidays and the next several months serving out a court-mandated sentence at New York’s Phoenix House, a residential and outpatient drug rehabilitation center. After he was arrested for selling drugs this past spring, …

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