Monthly Archives: January 2016

5 Ways to Help Someone Who Is Addicted

January 22nd, 2016|

"I don't want to live in the kind of world where we don't look out for each other. Not just people who are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I can't change the way anybody else thinks, or when they choose to do, but I can do my bit." ~ Charles de Lint When someone you know and care about is addicted to drugs or alcohol, it can also have a devastating effect on you. Addiction is a disease that affects the alcoholic or drug user AND everyone around them. The

6 Surprising Famous People Who Are in Recovery

January 22nd, 2016|

Substance abuse, whether in the form of drug addiction or alcoholism, is a disease that affects everyone – even celebrities. Despite the trappings of fame, they have the same genetic predispositions, painful traumas, insecurities, and anxieties as the rest of us. Some people would even argue that their notoriety and wealth makes it even easier for them to feed their personal demons. Tabloid headlines are constantly full of sad tales of famous people who have lost or are losing their battle with addiction. Yet there are positive stories. There are many celebrities who are in

3 Years Post Sobriety: My Life in Recovery

January 22nd, 2016|

"Achieving true sobriety goes beyond abstinence. It's also about healing your soul, apologizing for damage you did others, and seeking forgiveness." ~ Lou Gramm, Jukebox Hero: My Five Decades in Rock 'n Roll There was a time where if you put it in front of me, I drink it, smoked it, snorted it, or swallowed it down with abandon. Not coincidentally, that was also the time that I was constantly sick, typically frantic, alienated from my loved ones, and always desperate. That was about three years ago. Today, I completely abstain from recreational drugs and

Is Addiction Really a Disease?

January 22nd, 2016|

  "Another explanation of addiction disease which, I think, should be the subject of pathological research, is the probability that definite changes of the degenerative type occur in the nerve cells in the brain, and that this pathological change leads to the formation of abnormal channels of transmission of nerve impulses, whereby abnormal physical and mental effects are produced." ~Sir W. H. Willcox, M.D., a physician to St. Mary's Hospital, delivering a speech before the Society for the Study of Inebriety, October 9, 1923 Although the American Medical Association did not officially declare that the