Overcoming alcoholism

I thought that alcoholics had all gone through something terrible that made them drink. But I had no situation to blame for my alcoholism, I come from a nice home, with good parents. I just liked alcohol.
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Journals from Targét

For those of you who are into keeping journals, Targét has nice little
leather-covered journals with lined pages, ribbon markers and elastic
closure — very much like Moleskines, but half the price. (And
Moleskines are covered with oil cloth.) They even have the little
storage pouch in the back. $6.99 for 192 pages, pocket-sized, and
about a buck more for a regular small journal size. Good deal on a
nice little book.

A Novel’s Twists Immerse a Writer in the World of Addiction

Her first Narcotics Anonymous meeting was on the Lower East Side in Manhattan in what she called “a vaguely scary, sad and disturbing neighborhood.” As she was searching for the entrance to the building, she found herself down in a little, secluded basement area off the street. She heard someone behind her and looked up to see a large, disheveled man coming down the steps toward her. She thought, “Oh, God, I’m going to die doing research for this book.” Then he spoke, she said, and his voice was gentle and friendly.

Inside the meetings, she found herself in an environment that felt safe: courageous people struggling hard with their demons. The least frightening people in the world, she said. “I felt enormously moved and humbled.” she said. “You have never seen such courage.” She began to understand so much more of what it’s like to be haunted by an irresistible and shaming passion, she said.

Books – A Novel’s Twists Immerse a Writer in the World of Addiction – NYTimes.com

Number of Alcoholics in Family is Strong Indicator of Potential

* Not all university students will “mature out” of their heavy-drinking habits.
* A new study examines the density of college students’ family history of alcoholism.
* This type of measure – looking at first-, second- and third-degree relatives – identified a significant number of at-risk individuals who would have been missed using regular family-history measures.

Students with a dense family history of alcoholism are most at risk of alcohol-use disorders

CHILDREN AS OUR TEACHERS

Children not only know how to forgive, they also know that enjoying times with their friends is a top priority. The longer they waste fighting, the less time they have for fun…and they are all about having fun. Seems like a pretty simple equation to me.

Why then do adults have such a hard time forgiving and moving on? It seems that as adults, we want to make sure our partner knows s/he was wrong, that we were right, and then we want our partners to wallow in the mistake. If that mistake at all hurt us, we want our partners to feel that same pain.

Straight Talk On Relationships: CHILDREN AS OUR TEACHERS: CHOOSING HAPPINESS OVER SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS

Thinkers Anonymous

Note: this was sent to me in an email, and I have attempted to find its origin on the Web. Unable to find any reference to the title, I assume that it is anonymous and, thus, in the public domain. If this is not the case, and I am so notified, I will remove it immediately.

It started out innocently enough. I began to think at parties now and then — just to loosen up. Inevitably, though, one thought led to another, and soon I was more than just a social thinker.

I began to think alone — to relax, I told myself — but I knew it wasn’t true.

Thinking became more and more important to me, and finally, I was thinking all the time. That was when things began to sour at home. Continue reading

Restraint of Tongue and Mouse

The spirit of AA’s anonymity Traditions online

Recently, I harmed a fellow AA by using email carelessly and in a way that went against the spirit of our anonymity Traditions. Here’s what happened: AA Grapevine Current Issue

In addition to the article above, there are other simple steps that can help to preserve members’ anonymity. For example: Don’t Forward Blindly, Blind Copy