steven tyler speaks out on addictions

“I’m nervous here because I’m telling you all my truth,” the Aerosmith founding member and lead singer said. “I am also a drug addict and alcoholic and fighting it every day.”

“I had it all. I didn’t care,” he said. “And I hurt my family and my children and my friends. If it wasn’t for the program of AA, I would have nothing. I’m a better drug addict and alcoholic than I am a musician. I got to keep it in check.”

Read the whole thing here.

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repost: how my relapse years got me sober — part 2

Awesomeness takes on a whole new meaning. Sometimes to be a winner, we just have to become weary of being a loser all those other times.

Sober Courage

In the first part of “How My Relapse Years Got Me Sober,” which you can read HERE, I was desperately looking for the third option in my battle against alcohol. I still didn’t really want to be sober, I mean I did… sort of… just not all the time… maybe some of the time, but the rest of my life!? Hell NO! What I really wanted was a third option.

Stars

Soon after rehab I relapsed. It was a complete disaster; the house was a total mess and I was struggling with a horrible hangover. I was lucky that nothing really bad happened. Once again I vowed to not drink ever again. I went to a 12-step meeting and proclaimed to devote my entire life to the program.

Three months later I was drunk again. Why? I just couldn’t understand why! What was wrong with me? Why the hell couldn’t…

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repost: this commercial break brought to you by budweiser

soberlearning swings for the fences, gets through the marketing crap, and gets straight to the point on this Bud commercial that aired during the first World Series game last night. Going to quote at length in case any of you aren’t inclined to connect the dots to this amazing blog:

For a recovering alcoholic, I find the commercial disturbing. The way I interpret it is thus; go out, drink as much as you want, get drunk, and pass out at a friends because you are far to inebriated to drive home.

License to drink irresponsibly, woot!

Upon returning home in the morning, your trusty companion will be waiting at the door.

He will not have gone through the garbage, chewed on the furniture, or crapped on the rug while you were out . He will be concerned and awaiting patiently on your beautiful leather sofa, like a concerned human, just happy you made it home, finally, safely.

Now go read the whole thing and watch the commercial. Isn’t it amazing what you don’t see when you’re watching television?

repost: 13 lessons learned

By-the-numbers post from The Empty 12 Pack — another must-read blogger who takes his recovery seriously. To wit:

6. I realize that nearly every “close friend” I’ve had over the last 25 years likely has some sort of substance abuse issue. I cringed watching my best college buddy get drunker and drunker as the night went on Saturday. I asked my wife if I was like that. She told me that no, I was worse. Ouch.

Read the whole thing. I’m in there more times than I realized. I’m thinking you may be, as well, eh? Just a suggestion.