coffee_maker_donutsIn 2006, one of the most prestigious scientific research organizations in the world, the Cochrane Collaboration, conducted a review of the many studies conducted between 1966 and 2005 and reached a stunning conclusion:

No experimental studies unequivocally demonstrated the effectiveness of AA” in treating alcoholism.

This group reached the same conclusion about professional AA-oriented treatment (12-step facilitation therapy, or TSF), which is the core of virtually every alcoholism-rehabilitation program in the country. (More at The Pseudo-science of AA)

Thank goodness, as more studies show the ineffectiveness of the old 12-Step model, new ways to support recovery are demonstrating high success rates, like SMART Recovery USA. We need many more meetings to be available all over the country, so I encourage you to take advantage of the facilitator training. It’s very informative.

Have you found this to be true, that it’s the 3rd drink that does you in? I have. After the second drink, sometimes I wonder why I ordered the third drink, but by the time it’s gone, I want another and another.3 glasses of wine

These are 33 reasons that third drink literally ruins your life:

33. Because three drinks turn into twelve.

It’s that one little drink that opens the floodgates to hell.

32. Because the third drink releases “Drunk You.”

Sober You has left the building and your evil twin has arrived.

31. Because it’s the moment you stop caring.

After three drinks, nothing else matters besides more drinks.

Need to read the rest??

Mother Drinking

A terrifying new “legal high” has hit our streets. Methyl-carbonol, known by the street name “wiz,” is a clear liquid that causes cancers, liver problems, and brain disease, and is more toxic than ecstasy and cocaine. Addiction can occur after just one drink, and addicts will go to any lengths to get their next fix – even letting their kids go hungry or beating up their partners to obtain money. Casual users can go into blind rages when they’re high, and police have reported a huge increase in crime where the drug is being used. Worst of all, drinks companies are adding “wiz” to fizzy drinks and advertising them to kids like they’re plain Coca-Cola. Two or three teenagers die from it every week overdosing on a binge, and another 10 from having accidents caused by reckless driving. “Wiz” is a public menace – when will the Home Secretary think of the children and make this dangerous substance Class A?

This is a realistic look at the health and societal effects of alcohol-If Alcohol Were Discovered Today, Would it be Legal?

So, so sad-Russell Brand on Phillip Seymour Hoffman

In spite of his life seeming superficially great, in spite of all the praise and accolades, in spite of all the loving friends and family, there is a predominant voice in the mind of an addict that supersedes all reason and that voice wants you dead. This voice is the unrelenting echo of an unfulfillable void. 
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I’m very excited about the research and knowledge that we now have to give us tools and techniques to change this voice within that wants us dead.

Saying When: How to quit drinking or cut down

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My favorite-


Wow I feel everything with a noticeable heightened sensitivity.  This includes emotions, muscle pain, sense of smell, hearing, and taste.  My nose is so sensitive to smells I am ALWAYS saying “it smells like ___ in here”, or whoa, it smells SO strong.  My emotions are crazy,




Alchohol Free Girl

Sober TruthI wish AA worked, it just doesn’t, despite being mimicked as the way to recover from every malady and bad habit you can think of. If it truly was the way to a new lifestyle America would look like a very different place. A new book by Lance Dodes, MD, “The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry”  takes a close look at the science and statistics and shows the dismally low success rate-only 5-10%. Sadly, when it doesn’t work for the remaining 90-95% of people that try it, they are the ones blamed, not the program.

Thank goodness the facts about AA are being made more public. It will open doors for more research and exploration of alternate ways besides the mainstream assumption that AA is The Way.

Read an excerpt





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