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What's a "Trunk Party" Have to do with Treatment?

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What's a "Trunk Party" Have to do with Treatment?

Should I Go to Treatment? Treatment programs such as Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous (AA/NA/12 STEPS) are not for everybody. Not everyone responds well to sharing their story with others or listening to others talk about their stories. Sometimes, being with a group of people caught in the grips of addictions isn't a good idea. Especially if many of them are only going to AA or NA because they're ordered to by a judge or some other official. Trunk Parties Have you ever been to an AA meeting where there were trunk parties afterward? What is a trunk party, you ask? A...

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Remembering the Newcomer In Us All…

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Remembering the Newcomer In Us All…

Today was a beautiful day, as I show up to his in-laws front door, “Knock-knock!” Answers come to a barking dog and smiling face. I walk in and the father in law has to make the snide but necessary remark of "no nonsense shall be had here," not acknowledging my six years in recovery but for the sake of his son-in-law’s newfound sobriety; it was a must of tough love. His wife greets me in her pajamas, but you could tell that there was a sense of calm after the storm about her. And then meeting their beautiful daughter, pure...

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Raven: My First Meeting

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Raven: My First Meeting

December 21st 2011. This was the beginning of a new way of life. It was a cold Tuesday evening and I was sick because I hadn't had a drink. I walked into my first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and I was greeted by a very tall lanky woman with a big smile. She extended her hand to me and said, "Welcome, I'm glad you're here!” I thought to myself, “Is this woman crazy? Does she know who I am? What I've done?” And then she guided me to my seat. After I sat down I listened to everyone introduce themselves as alcoholics. “How did I...

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The Faces of Drugs: South Africa Pt 2

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The Faces of Drugs: South Africa Pt 2

The Faces of drugs in South Africa Part 2: Recovery– There are so many choices and routes to recovery in South Africa, as I could imagine there is anywhere else in the world. In this respect I suppose it’s universal. I read somewhere I can’t remember, when or where, but the concept of rehab started in Texas or ...

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Drunk Dreams are the Worst! Can you Relate?

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Drunk Dreams are the Worst! Can you Relate?

When I start to miss meetings,  I start to get complacent and uneasy.  These feelings are often followed by drunk dreams.  Not the, ‘oh I had a random drinking dream.’  These are the dreams that are so vivid and so full of the fun and excitement that was once the early side of my partying ...

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