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Confessions — Alcoholics Anonymous

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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He Said, "MEETINGS OR DIE!" Here's what I said...

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He Said, "MEETINGS OR DIE!" Here's what I said...

I used to go to 12-step meetings. That was a little over six years ago. Today, I don’t go to 12-step meetings anymore, and for that, some people would say I’m setting myself up for a relapse. But, in my opinion, I’m countering what triggered me to relapse. I haven’t relapsed since I stopped going, and some would say I’m crazy. Some meeting-goers would say that “if you don’t go to meetings you’ll die.” But the majority out there would, and should say, “Do whatever keeps you sober, bro!” And that’s the motto I live by. Note: This is just...

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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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A Father Son Duo: Tackling Addiction One Book at a Time with Tweak

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A Father Son Duo: Tackling Addiction One Book at a Time with Tweak

Sheff senior and his son are both New York Times best selling authors, who're tackling addiction one book at a time! Nic Sheff with "Tweak" and David Sheff with "Beautiful Boy."  David Sheff amounted the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list in April and May of 2008, for his book “Beautiful Boy.”  The book showed David’s point of view of his son--Nic’s--substance abuse. According the New York Times, Beautiful Boy is a “journey through his son’s addiction,” at the same time being “through the father’s eyes.”  They go on to state:   “For me, the hardest part about...

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