Tag: addiction

Poison Pill

This animation from a German team encapsulates many people’s experience with alcohol and other addictive drugs.  Kudos to the makers for conveying an important story without using a single word. Thanks to Byron Kerr for passing this along.

Toward the ATOD Market

This utopian idea has been gestating in my head for some time.  Now it looks like the Zeitgeist is opening up for it to emerge. Item:  an Oregon state legislator, Mitch Greenlick, has introduced a bill to make tobacco a prescription drug, and to criminalize off-prescription use.  Greenlick is chair of the Oregon House Committee on …

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21 Years Sober

Wednesday this week, Oct. 2, I celebrated 21 years clean and sober.  Well, I didn’t exactly celebrate.  I went to a legal education program at the San Francisco Federal Building in the late afternoon, then walked over to the Mission district to see what I thought was a film about German postwar radicalism, but turned …

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What price constitutional rights?

Barry Hazle served a year in prison for possession of methamphetamine.  He was released on parole on condition that he attend and complete a 90-day residential drug treatment program.  Hazle repeatedly told authorities that he is an atheist, and requested treatment in a non-religious program.  He was assigned, instead, to the Empire treatment program which …

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My Recovery Audiobook is Out

My narration of Empowering Your Sober Self, the LifeRing Approach to Addiction Recovery, is published at last.  You can get it: At audible.com At amazon.com At iTunes (search audiobooks for “Nicolaus LifeRing”) The audio runs 6:45 (six hours and 45 minutes).  I have no control over the price, which is higher than the print edition. …

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Celebrating 20 Years Clean & Sober

It gives me great pleasure to celebrate today, Oct. 2 2012,  my 20th anniversary clean and sober.  This milepost, which once seemed so dim and remote, is now a present reality, and I feel an inner glow of happiness and empowerment.  Truly, getting sober is among the very best decisions I have made in my …

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My article on LifeRing published in Treatment Groups journal

An article I wrote late last year about the LifeRing recovery group has now been published in the Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery, Vol. 7, 2012.  This is a special double issue on the theme “Broadening the Base of Addiction Mutual Support Groups: Bringing Theory and Science to Contemporary Trends.” This is the …

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