Monday, September 14, 2009
Tattoo ideas of quotes on addiction, sobriety, and recovery
Click for a Photo Gallery of 14 Addiction Recovery Tattoos
"It's better to sleep with a sober cannibal than with a drunk Christian."
- Herman Melville quote from 'Moby Dick'
Religious Recovery Articles:
Christian Articles on Addictions
Buddhist View of Addiction
Benefits of Zen Meditation in Recovery
About Islam and Addiction
Friday, August 21, 2009
Foundation for a Drug-Free World
Watch videos and learn the truth about drug addiction. Read facts and real-life stories from addicts about drugs such as alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, crystal meth, LSD, painkillers and prescription drugs. Discover drug prevention programs and activities or order a free DVD and information kit.
Drug Free World
Monday, August 17, 2009
Recovering Alcoholic-Addict Mommy
"... The guilt and shame that alcoholic and drug-addicted moms feel is overwhelming. We really believe that we are worthless as mothers if we can't even stay sober for our children. What I learned in recovery the first time (and had to relearn the second time around) is that it is not my fault that I am an alcoholic, but I am responsible for treating it. Sobriety is the foundation of my life now. ..."
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Photo Gallery of 8 Celebrity Moms Under the Influence
Addiction Articles at MomLogic.com
What do you think about ...
... drinking during pregnancy?
... alcoholics and addicts raising kids?
See All the Addiction Questions at SodaHead.com
Broken Toyland - Gallery of Works by Artist Valery Milovic
Blog for Adult Children of Alcoholics
Adult Children of Alcoholics Official Website
Sober Moms Support
A Mother-Daughter Story of Substance Abuse and Recovery
Told through the voices of a mother-daughter writing team, "Addicted Like Me" offers a personal account of addiction and how it affects the entire family. It provides advice and resources for parents dealing with addiction. It discusses how to identify the signs of addiction, where to turn for help, and how to understand this disease.
A mother and daughter share their candid struggles with addiction - thirty years apart - giving readers insight into how to break the cycle. Told through the voices of a mother-daughter writing team, "Addicted Like Me" offers a detailed personal account of addiction and how it affects the entire family. Karen Franklin recounts her own past as a young addict, her struggle with the alcoholism of her parents, and ultimately her husband's and children's addictions. Lauren King, Franklin's daughter, tells of her own spiral of addiction-from marijuana and alcohol to crystal meth.
As a valuable complement to their own stories of addiction and recovery, Franklin and King also provide advice and resources for parents dealing with addiction. In this prescriptive section, they discuss how to identify the signs of addiction, where to turn for help, and how to understand this disease. Told from the trustworthy perspective of two people who have been there, these hard-won tips are preventative in their efforts to help parents help their kids at an early phase rather than glossing over what may be calls for help."Addicted Like Me" tackles the long-lasting effects of addiction in many shapes, and provides a mother-daughter story of recovery that is sure to resonate with parents and children facing similar issues.
More Info at Addicted Like Me
Monday, July 13, 2009
"I thought I needed a double vodka to be funny." - Fiona O'Loughlin Quote
Comedy and alcoholism a likely mix
- by Tracey Spicer
Let's raise a glass to comedian Fiona O'Loughlin for coming out as an alcoholic.
Since the 5th century BC, her fellow comedians have been looking to the bottom of the bottle for their best material.
At the ancient Greek comedy festivals - in honour of Bacchus, the god of wine - Aristophanes performed the world's first bum joke, a fine tradition continued more recently by Monty Python's Incontinentia Buttocks.
The symbiotic relationship between comedy and grog goes from the ancient time of Homer to the modern time of - well - Homer.
Simpson, that is.
"To alcohol - the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems," the wise philosopher once said.
O'Loughlin, who appears to take these words seriously, describes herself as "the female Homer Simpson".
The mother-of-five's schtick revolves around drinking and bad parenting.
"I left a baby at Liquorland," she says. "I went back for him eventually."
The 45-year-old started drinking heavily seven years ago to calm her nerves before stand-up routines.
It's a common coping mechanism. After all, what could be more terrifying than getting up on stage and trying to make people laugh?
(Well - except for a giant, hairy, venomous spider landing directly on your face, but I digress.)
The most famous alcoholic comedian was Dean Martin. Except, he wasn't.
Despite his snappy, slurred, remarks and vanity licence plates reading DRUNKY, he was always the first of the Rat Pack to call it a night.
Shirley MacLaine, in her autobiography, confirmed that Martin was sipping apple juice, not whiskey, for most of his time onstage. The drinky Dean was a comedy routine.
The same can't be said for Robin Williams, whose battles with alcohol and drugs are legendary.
After two decades of sobriety, he went into rehab in 2007 after drinking during the filming of The Big White (terrible film, by the way. Almost drove me to drink).
The comedy genius, who once spoke of his hangovers as being "like the Elephant Man walking through a car wash", now has a new punch line.
"The hardest thing of all is admitting that I have a problem," he said at a comedy awards ceremony sponsored, ironically, by a vodka company.
Another recovering alcoholic, US comedian Dennis Leary, draws the line at crack, for a sensible enough reason.
"I would never do a drug named after a part of my own arse, okay?" he drawls.
That didn't stop Greg Fleet, the Aussie comedian and former Neighbours star who finally went into rehab after 23 years of heroin and alcohol addiction.
"I'd be walking down the street, flat broke and at my lowest ebb and people would wave and say 'Mate, you're a legend'. Meanwhile, I'm looking for cigarettes in the gutter," he says.
It's easy to blame undiagnosed depression or a general inability to cope for these ongoing battles with the booze.
But the real reasons are more complex, according to a recent dissertation by a doctor of psychology at Yale University.
In The Tears of a Clown, Scott Barry Kaufman PhD reveals that humour in professional comedians serves as a coping mechanism in dealing with their early family experiences. Many, he says, come from "distant" families and suffer low self-esteem.
"This motivates the comic to make people laugh in order to gain their acceptance, and to reveal the absurdity of life to make sense of their own lives," Kaufman writes. (After reading this, my head hurt, so I had to go and get a drink.)
A classic example of Kaufman's theory is Billy Connolly, who turned to the bottle to erase memories of being sexually abused by his father.
Fiona O'Loughlin admits to using her dysfunctional family as material, describing her parents as "a pair of pissheads" and her brother as an "obsessive compulsive".
Nobody knows whether O'Loughlin's alcoholism stems from her upbringing, the stress of child-rearing or other factors (God knows, if I had five kids I'd be hitting the bottle too).
But the first step in any recovery is acknowledging the addiction.
"I hope it will help me cope with it. I won't be able to fool myself any more," she said, after her embarrassing onstage collapse last week.
As a consequence, she may become funnier. Alcohol's role as "conversational KY Jelly" doesn't guarantee an orgasmic performance.
Brendon Burns, a Perth-born comedian who's big in the UK, is receiving rave reviews since he decided to enter rehab.
At his lowest point, he was drinking in the morning then taking cocaine at night, waking up covered in his own excrement.
There are sites that promote performers who've confronted their demons; sharing laughter after the pain.
In the words of UK funnyman Dean Burnett, "People addicted to comedy laugh a lot, whereas alcoholics rarely ever do."
- via The Daily Telegraph (www.telegraph.co.uk)
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Addiction and Recovery Articles, Quotes, Cartoons, and Jokes
Addiction Recovery Article
"One day during a trip I made to Nashville, a friend offered me a hit of methamphetamine from a little pipe. I didn't know then that meth is our biggest drug problem in rural America - that it's the easiest, cheapest drug to obtain, and also one of the most addictive. So I smoked it. And that was all that I thought about for the next year and a half..."
Read the whole article: Second Chance by Jeff Bates
All Reader's Digest Addiction Articles
It may seem like a simple step, but talking to your teen about the risks of drugs may help keep your teen drug-free. In fact, teens who learn about the dangers of drugs from their parents are up to 50% less likely to try drugs than are teens who learn nothing at home. So check out this guide to slang terms and potential harmful effects for commonly abused drugs - and use it to open up the lines of communication with your teen...
See Drugs: Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask
All Reader's Digest Drug Articles
Mind-Altering Drug Quote
"The best mind-altering drug is the truth." - Lily Tomlin
Drug Misuse Quote
"Drug misuse is not a disease, it is a decision, like the decision to step out in front of a moving car. You would call that not a disease but an error of judgment." - Philip K Dick
Crazy World Addiction Quote
"What a crazy world we live in! Trying to treat addiction as a legal problem, and trying to treat criminal misbehaviors using guns as a medical problem! Beam me up, Scotty. Ain't no intelligent life down here." - Julie Cochrane
All Reader's Digest Quotes
Doggy Bar Cartoon
All Reader's Digest Cartoons
Recreational Drugs Joke
Each new patient at the clinic where I work must fill out a questionnaire asking basic health and personal-history questions. One query that inevitably gets a "No" answer is, "Do you now use or have you ever used recreational drugs?" We were unprepared for the response of a young newlywed who wrote: "Yes - birth-control pills."
Drug Test Joke
One time, I had to tell a candidate that we would not be able to offer him a job because his drug test had come back positive and ours was a drug-free environment. After a minute he asked, "Can you tell me which one showed up?"
Alcohol Test Joke
On a curvy mountain highway late one night, my dad was complaining about the car behind us. "That guy must be drunk!" he said. "Every time I move over to let him pass, he slows down. When I get back on the road, he gets closer and stays on my tail." Thirty minutes later, the car turned on a set of flashing blue lights. Coming up to our window, the officer said, "Sir, I'd like you to take an alcohol test. You've been swerving on and off the road for half an hour."
The board of education in a nearby town sold off a building that had been a one-room schoolhouse. The buyer converted it to a tavern. One day an elderly man was walking by the place with his grandson and pointed to the building. "That's where I went to school when I was your age." "Really," said the boy. "Who was your bartender back then?"
No Booze Joke
Bartenders and waiters have heard 'em all. But what we rarely hear is someone turning down a drink. "Nah, I better not have one," said one man after I offered him a glass of wine. "I have the world's worst stomach. I eat so many antacids that if I were to keel over dead right this minute, I'd leave my own chalk outline."
Ladies and Bar Joke
"Do you serve ladies at this bar?" "No, sir, you have to supply your own."
Following months of marijuana drug busts, the DEA took the contraband into a remote region to burn. The fire was blazing brightly when an agent noticed that a flock of terns was flying around the area. Concerned about the effects of the smoke on the birds, they called the National Audubon Society. Their worst fears were confirmed. There was not one tern left unstoned.
All Reader's Digest Jokes
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
12-Step Desktop Gadget
Use this Widget to help work through any 12-Step program. It displays the current step you are working on as a constant reminder right on your desktop. Also, keep track of how many days, weeks, or years you've been sober with the "count-up" clock. This Widget is really customizable, with original and LDS versions of the 12 Steps.
Free 12 Step Gadget Download from Yahoo!
AA Big Book Promises Widget for Vista
Display promises from the text of the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book in your Vista sidebar. There are more than the 12 promises in Step 9. Clicking on the settings tab allows you to view an optional comment.
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Free Recovery Downloads
Anonymous Press offers several free downloads, such as this one for your Vista sidebar.
Free AA Quotes Gadget Download for Your Vista Sidebar
Free Desktop Sobriety Counter for Windows
Free AA Screen Saver Download
More Anonymous Press Downloads
Monday, May 11, 2009
Robert Downey Jr Quotes on Addiction and Recovery
"I don't drink these days. I'm allergic to alcohol and narcotics. I break out in handcuffs."
"I’m not a poster boy for good behavior and recovery in Hollywood. I’m just a guy who knows he has a lot to be grateful for. Five or six years ago, I saw the writing on the wall. I knew the party was over. It was time for me to come out of the Dark Ages and get real."
"People rise out of the ashes because, at some point, they are invested with a belief in the possibility of triumph over seemingly impossible odds."
"Anyone who can’t go five minutes without a cigarette, or can’t stop drinking or is strung out on drugs, knows that after a while there develops an attachment to the ritual of using it that has little to do with your original motive. The original impetus was to feel its effect, and the effect seemed positive at the time. But if years down the road you are still saying, 'Baby, I do it because it makes me happy,' you don’t really mean it."
"Life is 70% maintenance. I think of myself as a shopkeeper or a beekeeper. I’m learning the business of building a life. Instead of getting instant gratification by getting high, I push my nose as far into the grindstone as I can. The honey, the reward, is the feeling of well-being, the continuity, the sense that I am walking toward a place I want to go."
Official Iron Man Website
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Jennifer Love Hewitt Quotes on Drinking and Life
"I don't drink. My personality is scary enough on its own, I'm half out of my mind as it is, so much so that people have already thought I'd been drinking before I went to hang out with them. I don't need alcohol to help me out."
"I don't want to ever, ever do something in life that isn't fun. Ever."
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Official Website
The Importance of Self-Help
"It's safe to say that your success in stopping drinking will depend on your success with helping yourself. Whether you learn self-help techniques in a clinical setting, from a peer-support program such as AA, through a purchased book or DVD, or from several sources quitting drinking is going to depend on how well you learn to change the mental and emotional habits that currently support continued drinking. No one but you (or, if you prefer, the higher power within you) has the power to end your own problem drinking. You are the one who has to learn to change. You can do it by finding the approach that works best for you..." For all the info see How to Stop Drinking
Based on true events during the 2000 election, American Violet tells the astonishing story of Dee Roberts (critically hailed newcomer Nicole Beharie), a 24 year-old African American single mother of four young girls living in a small Texas town who is barely able to make ends meet.
While police drag Dee from work in handcuffs, dumping her in the squalor of the women’s county prison, the powerful local district attorney (Academy Award nominee Michael O’Keefe) leads an extensive drug bust, sweeping her housing project with military precision. Dee soon discovers she has been charged as a drug dealer.
Even though Dee has no prior drug record and no drugs were found on her in the raid, she is offered a hellish choice: plead guilty and go home as a convicted felon or remain in prison, jeopardizing her custody and risking a long prison sentence.
See Previews and Pics at AmericanViolet.com
Monday, March 16, 2009
Addiction and Recovery Tweets on Twitter
Twitter is a free service to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick answers to one simple question: "What are you doing?" Individual posts are called "Tweets." See up-to-the-minute updates by topic:
AA Tweets --- NA Tweets --- Recovery Tweets
Alcoholism Tweets ---- Addiction Tweets
Search Twitter -- Twitter Home Page
Posted by dryblog at Monday, March 16, 2009