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24
Nov

Thanksgiving: Having Fun and Staying Sober

Thursday marks the beginning of the holiday season with Thanksgiving: A time for families to come together to spend quality time over a plethora of food, football and in most cases alcohol. The holidays can be a tricky time for people in recovery, especially those who are new to the program. The typical experience for...
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20
Feb

Sibling Bullying May Blur Perceptions

Take a few minutes and think back to your own childhood… As we mature our perceptions of our “growing up” years are distinctly our own. Try a little test the next time you are with your sibling(s). Ask what they remember about a specific event that you all attended during your childhood years. You might...
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14
Feb

David Carr: He Reported On His Addiction And His Recovery

“The stories that we tell about ourselves are designed to sort of reveal a part of ourselves to the world. It’s the part we want to show. What I learned from two years of reporting, investigation and writing is that you can’t know the whole truth. But if there is one, it lies in the...
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25
Nov

Holiday Fare: Do You Have A Sobriety Friendly Cookbook?

Holiday cooking, holiday shopping… Are you the holiday chef in your family? If so, then right about now you are finalizing your Thanksgiving menu, re-checking your last-minute shopping list and starting to plan those dishes that you can prepare 24 hours in advance. Let’s face it, being a guest at someone’s holiday table is easier...
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15
Oct

Study: Examines Stress, Rumination and Depression

How often do you reminisce about your adolescent years?  The word “reminisce” infers a pleasant experience. Don’t you think? Consider meeting with childhood friends, paging through scrapbooks, attending a family reunion…or just daydreaming about days gone by. We might recall great teachers, school plays, dances, sporting events, and graduations. But for as many wonderful memories...
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18
Sep

Shared Experiences: Adult Children of Alcoholics

“Everyone has their own version of everything that has ever happened.” Essie Masters, William Master’s mother What we can learn from historical period dramas… If you enjoy watching American period dramas, particularly those that are based on historical events and true-life characters, then you have had a lot to choose from these past couple of...
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09
Sep

Zosia Mamet Invites You To “Make Your Mark”

“Let’s diminish the stigma. Let’s remind one another that we’re beautiful. Maybe you’ll help a friend. Maybe you’ll help yourself. And if you’re reading this and you’re suffering, please know you’re not alone. Tell someone: The people who love you will listen, I promise. And you’ll feel better.”     Zosia Mamet, Glamour Magazine – September...
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28
Aug

The Addict’s Mom: Help Healing The Broken Spirits

How does the mother of an addict cope? a mom’s happy memories… Are you startled by that question? Don’t be. Mothers of addicts ask themselves every day…”How will I cope with this?” You are not sure who to talk to, who you can trust, who you should trust…admitting to anyone that your child suffers from...
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20
Aug

Pat O’Brien Pens A Memoir And Reminds His Son: “This Is Who Your Daddy Is…”

Hearing a voice from your past… It’s interesting how you can be awakened by the sound of a certain voice. It might be that of your spouse, your partner, your child, maybe your parent or roommate…or even that of a television personality. Our associate shared that yesterday she awoke to a familiar voice that brought...
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15
Aug

BOYHOOD: Time Is The Story

Richard Linklater at the 2007 premiere of The Hottest State in Austin, Texas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) “Where did the time go?” This proverbial question is one that you hear a lot. It is the question asked when we are a guest at a wedding, high school graduation, family reunion or funeral…we look around and maybe...
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