This Week in Recovery – 2/4/2015

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Each week we will be publishing a list of the our top pics from the blogosphere, mostly articles related to drug and alcohol addiction, recovery, and prevention, but with the occasional non-related post thrown in as well.  Here are this week’s picks!

Most Touching:

Points Blog with “A Personal Tribute: Ernie Kurtz, 1935-2015”

“He found within the recovery experience of the alcoholic something of great universal value—the acceptance of human limitation—one’s not-Godness, what he often characterized as the spirituality of imperfection. He felt such acceptance was a powerful and essential antidote to many of the ills plaguing individuals, families, communities and countries. Causes and consequences of alcoholism captured far less of his attention than the paradoxes that existed within the experience of alcoholism recovery. He found something relevant to all that hidden gifts could be found within the curse of illness, that strength could rise from the acknowledgement of weakness, that wholeness could rise from brokenness, that authentic connection and community could rise from the most severe forms of estrangement and isolation, that envy and resentment could give way to forgiveness and gratitude, that grandiosity and self- hatred could give way both to self-acceptance and humility, and that injury to others could give way to service to others. These were the poignant lessons he found within his observations of men and women recovering from alcoholism.”


Best Drug Rehabilitation Blog with “Communication Skills: Essential to Rehab and Life”

“Good communication skills will form the basis for a successful rehab experience. Then they will carry you forward into life afterward. They will provide the grounds for saying no to drugs and alcohol on an ongoing basis through the ability to assert yourself in difficult situations. “

Most Newsworthy:

Right Step Blog with “FDA Approves Abuse-Resistant Opioid Pain Pill”

Hysingla ER contains a new hydrocodone formulation designed to be resistant to crushing or other actions intended to transform the medication into a powder. In addition, if successfully converted into powder form, the new formulation will turn into a gel when exposed to water or other liquids; this chemical alteration makes the medication much harder to abuse through injection into a vein, into a muscle or under the skin. The FDA notes that the use of Hysingla ER does substantially reduce the risks for hydrocodone-related opioid abuse and addiction. However, the agency also notes the fact that no medication is completely tamper-proof.”

Best Debate:

The Fix with “A Critic and an Advocate Debate the Pros and Cons of the Twelve Step Model”

LD: I think we’re saying the same thing, that it is a personal choice, and that we shouldn’t say AA is the right treatment or the best treatment for everyone. It’s far from it. For those people who can use it and benefit, I say go. But that’s a tiny percentage of the population. We need to shift our entire culture so we stop thinking that AA is the right thing….”

JN: No, I don’t think that’s true. What the book says is that based on a large and growing body of research is that people—again, we’re talking about people who say they have a significant drinking or drug problem, many of whom have ended up in rehab or are seeking treatment of some kind—who get involved in treatment or a support group like AA, or it could also be another one, it could be SMART Recovery, it could be Women for Sobriety, those people tend to do better than those people who don’t avail themselves of a support group.”

Most Likely to Make You Cry:

Dean Dauphinais at The Fix with “The Aftermath of Addiction: Getting Used to Normalcy in Life”

“If you look in a dictionary, you will see “normal” simply defined as “conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected.” But I have other definitions.

“Normal is being able to trust my son implicitly. Normal is having my son stop by the house, just to say hello. Normal is having my son and his girlfriend spend their day off of work taking my younger son out to lunch and to a movie. Normal is not having to worry about whether the phone’s going to ring in the middle of the night with bad news on the other end. Normal is being able to give my son money and not wondering if he’s going to put it up his nose. Normal is seeing my son mature into the wonderful young man I always knew he could be. Normal is hearing my son say “Thanks for everything,” and knowing that he means it from the bottom of his heart.”

Best Bio:

I’m sure Glennon will be making this blog roll regularly, so for now, here is a little snippet from her bio.  Head on over to Momastery and start catching up on old posts.

Glennon Doyle Melton at Momastery:

“Twelve years later, I’m still married to that man I barely knew, and I’m also the mother of three kids, two mutts, a geriatric guinea pig and the two most majestic banyan trees you’ve ever seen. I’m also a Sunday School teacher, an award-winning blogger, a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and the founder and president of Monkee See–Monkee Do – a non-profit that serves women who need help getting back on their feet. Underneath and on top of all that I’m a Recovering Everything. Every morning, I open my eyes and immediately understand that I am still that girl on the bathroom floor, holding that pregnancy test like a terrifying invitation, trying to decide whether to stay down on the cold floor or get up and walk.”

Best Study:

Geoffrey Mohan at the LA Times with “Why Cocaine Addicts Keep Making Bad Decisions”

“Across both groups of chronic users, however, EEG readings showed no significant difference between expected and unexpected losses. Their management of negative reward error prediction was impaired.

“This could explain why addicts will return to drugs despite the negative impacts of incarceration and loss of money, friends and family, according to the researchers. “They don’t learn from it,” Parvaz said. “They go back to the drug.””

Most Insightful:

Sober Julie with “Symptoms of a High Functioning Alcoholic”

“Before I became sober, I knew I had a problem but did my best to avoid confronting it. I knew my entire world would change and for years the thought of the upheaval was more frightening than the unhealthy behaviors I had. These days as I walk the streets I know that high functioning alcoholics are all around me; they’re walking past me on the sidewalk, working at their jobs, taking their kids to school and doing their best to hide the signs of their alcoholism from others and themselves.”


Those are our top picks for this week.  What articles or videos about drug addiction, recovery, and prevention have you enjoyed this week?  Tell us about them in the comments!

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