Alcoholics Anonymous and Me

For a long time I did not feel like I belonged in AA. I felt like others who had been there before me had more rights in meetings than me. I thought that decision making within the group was not something I had a right to take part in.

Acoholics Anonymous and Me | My Alcoholism & Recovery

Prince William to join Caribbean drug patrols

London.– Prince William is to patrol for drug smugglers in Caribbean seas during a two-month attachment with the Royal Navy, it said Saturday. William, the 25-year-old second-in-line to the throne, will begin his naval deployment on Monday.

The prince is an officer in the army but is also training with other parts of the British military, of which he would be commander-in-chief when he becomes king.
Prince William to join Caribbean drug patrols – DominicanToday.com

A few comments about the upcoming election

Our 12-step programs, without exception, have some tradition or other guideline that states that they have no opinion on outside issues, since such things would interfere with their primary purpose of carrying the message.

That’s as it should be. Can you imagine an NA, AA or AlAnon meeting if a political discussion were to get started and be permitted to continue? It’s been my experience that very few folks in the rooms are middle-of-the-road sorts, and I’ll bet it would get really exciting, really fast, and the resentments would be flying in no time!

I don’t care to get involved in such things on this blog, either. However, there are a couple of personal opinions that I would like to voice (since it’s by blog), based on observations made during my time in recovery and for some time before. They are simply my opinions, nothing else. Continue reading

The Stockbroker and the Proctologist

June 10th is the 73rd anniversary of the meeting of a stockbroker from New York, only a few months sober and fearful of drinking, and a drunken proctologist from Akron, Ohio.

Dr. Bob Smith and Bill Wilson

William Wilson—Bill W., to generations of alcoholics—had tried to stop drinking for many years. Continue reading

Obama and McCain: Where They Stand on Addiction Issues

Based on their records, neither John McCain or Barack Obama can really be considered a leader in the drug-policy arena. Still, both appear to have a broader and more nuanced understanding of addiction issues than their White House predecessor, and William Cope Moyers, vice president of external affairs at Hazelden, says that he has “never been more hopeful that addiction treatment will begin to get the attention it deserves, because we at least have two candidates who are aware of the issue.”

Obama and McCain: Where They Stand on Addiction Issues

Why mobile phone addiction is bad for kids

The first study was conducted by researchers at Sweden’s Sahlgren Academy, who found that adolescents who made more than 15 phone calls and sent more than 15 text messages in a day not only slept poorly, but when compared to kids who made did the same less than five times a day, they were also leading more careless lifestyles, including spending more time on their computers, drinking more alcohol and caffeinated drinks.

The second study was conducted in the US by Fred Danner at the University of Kentucky. He found that teens who were addicted to their phones slept less than eight hours a night, and as a result got poorer marks at school.

Why mobile phone addiction is bad for kids- Healthcare-Healthcare / Biotech-News By Industry-News-The Economic Times

So, do kids who lack self-control use their time less wisely, or does mobile phone use cause lack of self-control? I know where
my bet is.