Meditation was daunting at first because I had to be perfect. Then when I tried my mind would wonder and I was sure I wasn’t doing it right, so I became exasperated. The 11th Step explicitly stated that prayer and meditation had to be part of my life. I was frustrated and fearful that if [...]

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Anonymity and Primary Purpose

The disease of alcoholism is a gradual deteriorative affliction that devastates entire families and will continue to do so unless the alcoholic member takes action to live a life of sobriety, physically and mentally. It affects the person who is addicted to alcohol, that person’s family and everyone who interacts with that person. Consider the [...]

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Severe Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

By Sarah Peters 01/28/14 New data linking severe mental illness and substance use could lead to more effective and streamlined treatment options for clinicians and patients, according to a leading expert in psychiatry and addiction issues. The Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis and the University of Southern California jointly conducted a study of [...]

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Amplified Recovery

By William White “There is nothing about a caterpillar which would suggest that it will become a butterfly” – Buckminster Fuller Recovery from a life-threatening condition can bring far more than the removal of pain and sickness from an otherwise unchanged life. Confronting one’s mortality through the experiences of illness and recovery can bring [...]

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Love Recovery & InTheRooms

In The Rooms Video By Lindsey Glass  Read The Valentine and Watch the Video Four years ago I started producing documentaries focused on recovery because I felt frustrated by the way addicts and alcoholics are portrayed in the media. I thought, Isn’t it bad enough that we face stigma of every kind? Is it really [...]

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There Isn’t A Cure For Addiction

Reprinted from Reach Out Recovery by Marc Dunn Another celebrity, Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday of an apparent drug overdose. Hoffman had been clean and sober for 23 years until a relapse last May. I do not know him and do not have knowledge of the specifics of his death [...]

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by Deepak Chopra Here’s how Deepak describes it: “Certain personality characteristics become evident when we are in touch with our universal Self. We are immune to criticism, but responsive to feedback. This means that on the emotional, psychological, and spiritual levels, we feel neither beneath nor superior to anyone else. This doesn’t mean we are [...]

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Fear of Failure

By Anonymous Many years ago with only a short time in recovery the following happened: In a phone call on New Year’s Day, a college professor told me she’d failed my final paper for her course. I could rewrite the paper, she said, correcting the shortcomings, possibly retaining my overall A for the course. Or [...]

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By Dan Griffin For most of my life I wanted to be fearless. Since I was a child I seemed to experience an abnormal amount of fear. Whether it is a genetic anomaly, neurological misfiring, a spiritual malady or all of the above, I cannot say. What I do know is that I was always [...]

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Interview With An Alcoholic

Marc Dunn From In The Rooms

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