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?

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from the addiction show with filmmaker sheila ganz

On Life’s Terms: Mothers in Recovery follows five women struggling to keep their children as they battle addiction in a unique women and children’s residential treatment program in San Rafael, California.  Their intimate story reveals experiences with domestic violence, prostitution and incarceration, as they courageously step onto the path of self-sufficiency with integrity and pride.  Their three year journey is told against the backdrop of drug laws and policies impacting mother and child.  This timely film combats the stigma, encourages greater understanding about underlying issues of addiction and promotes the need for substance use treatment vs. incarceration.

reel recovery film festival

ThRFFF2014trunkCities-712x1024is just rocks. I would give almost — almost — anything to check this out. Which pretty much shows how low I keep the bar. My spouse, my dog, and my sobriety are off the table. Just about everything else is negotiable.

Writers In Treatment is proud to present The REEL Recovery Film Festival. This multi-day event is  a celebration of film, the arts, writing and creativity. We showcase filmmakers who make honest films about addiction, alcoholism, behavioral disorders, treatment and recovery. Slated for screening is an eclectic lineup of contemporary and classic films, documentaries and shorts from American and international, first-time filmmakers and industry veterans.

news item: how obamacare is “killing” aa’s membership

wake upIt kinda sorta maybe looks as though there might be a hint of a wake-up call looming on the horizon.

Under Obamacare, insurance will currently only pay for “evidence-based” treatment, i.e. “scientific facts” touting hard numbers as consequential evidence of the success of a specific  strategy in treatment of alcohol or chemical dependency. Consequently, rehabs are apparently eliminating 12-step groups in favor of harm reduction and other statistically strong methods.

Ironically, the anonymity of Alcoholics Anonymous may be its own demise. As the law requires proof of 12-step treatment effectiveness, AA has traditionally resisted any direct involvement in studies. The same follows for 12-step rehabs. Many do not publish their efficacy most likely because it isn’t encouraging. As the law requires evidence-based treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, many rehabs will be forced to switch to an evidence-based model, at least in part, in order to survive.

The big guns in the Indianapolis area like Fairbanks and Valle Vista, et al, have historically been very accommodating. But when the subject of funding rolls around on an annual basis, it’s good to know what the score is when all is said and done.

Yep… read the whole thing.

we do have days like this.

“The Bug”

Well it’s a strange old game you learn it slow
One step forward and it’s back you go
You’re standing on the throttle
You’re standing on the brake
In the groove ’til you make a mistake

Sometimes you’re the windshield
Sometimes you’re the bug
Sometimes it all comes together baby
Sometimes you’re just a fool in love
Sometimes you’re the Louisville Slugger
Sometimes you’re the ball
Sometimes it all comes together
Sometimes you’re gonna lose it all

You gotta know happy – you gotta know glad
Because you’re gonna know lonely
And you’re gonna know sad
When you’re rippin’ and you’re ridin’
And you’re coming on strong
You start slippin’ and slidin’
And it all goes wrong because

Sometimes you’re the windshield
Sometimes you’re the bug
Sometimes it all comes together baby
Sometimes you’re just a fool in love
Sometimes you’re the Louisville Slugger
Sometimes you’re the ball
Sometimes it all comes together
Sometimes you’re gonna lose it all

One day you got the glory and then you got none
One day you’re a diamond and then you’re a stone
Everything can change in the blink of an eye
So let the good times roll before we say goodbye because

Sometimes you’re the windshield
Sometimes you’re the bug
Sometimes it all comes together baby
Sometimes you’re just a fool in love
Sometimes you’re the Louisville Slugger
Sometimes you’re the ball
Sometimes it all comes together
Sometimes you’re gonna lose it all

 
Written by Mark Knopfler
Performed by Dire Straits

‘clean’ and ‘dirty’ metaphors sabotage addiction recovery.

Changing the language changes the conversation… and presents a disease with multiple ideologies, according to of a new editorial in the journal Substance Abuse:

Think of the words and phrases we use to describe drug and alcohol addiction: “clean and sober,” “addicts,” “junkies.” It’s a vocabulary loaded with moralistic connotations. This isn’t good… because the use of those terms can inadvertently lay the blame solely on the behavior of the person with the drug or alcohol addiction. And when people struggling with addiction internalize that attitude, it can undermine recovery.

Read the whole thing.

latest ish of rockers in recovery

Rockers In Recovery unleash Bob Dylan’s classic “Knockin’ Heaven’s Door” on June 27th from the D & R Theatre in Aberdeen WA.

From its mission statement: Since 2008 Rockers In Recovery(RIR) was created to provide support  for people and their families suffering from all forms of addiction.

Probably could have used something like this back in the 70’s.