The Danger of Secret Alcoholism by Susan Cheever

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The Danger of Secret Alcoholism by Susan Cheever

http://www.alternet.org/drugs/danger-secret-alcoholism

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Sometimes ‘No’ Needs To Be The Answer

1 week ago

Sometimes ‘No’ Needs To Be The Answer

I’ve always valued my alone time, but I also enjoy leading a relatively busy life. Unfortunately in the world of a communication major, this means alone time is rare – it is communication after all, which normally implies more than one person is involved.

I bring this up because I have been busting my butt to exert all effort possible in my three classes, on-campus job, job at the St. Cloud…

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6,000 Alcoholics, a Duck and an Overload of Emotions

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6,000 Alcoholics, a Duck and an Overload of Emotions

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Here’s the short version of this post for those of you with attention span issues: I spent four days in August with 6,000 alcoholics – 6,000 people just like me regardless of gender, age, history, hometown. I spent four days with these people and had the f***ing time of my life.

Here’s the long version for those of you who feel so inclined to continue reading.

I spent this time in San Antonio,…

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For the first time in my journalistic career, I am really struggling with the personal vs.…

For the first time in my journalistic career, I am really struggling with the personal vs. professional line. A friend and classmate recently died, and as the editor of the paper, I need to choose how to cover the event in a timely matter, but still be sensitive to the family and friends. Any advice would be appreciated.

This is how I am feeling. Sums it up…

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Hey all, No worries, I’m still alive. I’ve had a crazy few weeks with leaving New…

Hey all,

No worries, I’m still alive. I’ve had a crazy few weeks with leaving New Jersey and coming  back to Minnesota, then having to pack right back up and move to school for SENIOR YEAR. I promise I’ll get back to it soon.

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How Not To Be A Dick To Your Recovering Alcoholic Friend

1 month ago

How Not To Be A Dick To Your Recovering Alcoholic Friend

This may be the absolute best article I have ever read pertaining how to treat a sober friend:

http://www.xojane.com/issues/how-not-to-be-a-dick-to-your-recovering-alcoholic-

READ IT. 

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5 Reasons People Can’t Stand Alcoholics Anonymous by Martha Lockie

1 month ago

5 Reasons People Can’t Stand Alcoholics Anonymous by Martha Lockie

Worth the read. Click here.

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11 Warning Signs You May Have A Problem With Alcohol

1 month ago

11 Warning Signs You May Have A Problem With Alcohol

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After browsing through the archives of my personal blog during the peak of my use (sophomore year of college), I realized something: I made so many damn excuses.

Nothing was my fault. But more importantly, nothing was my good friend Alcohol’s fault.

I can see that so clearly now when reading through old posts where I had written about feeling depressed, having strained friendships, being…

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10 (Good And Bad) Ways My Life Has Changed Since I Stopped Drinking

1 month ago

10 (Good And Bad) Ways My Life Has Changed Since I Stopped Drinking

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*This is not intended come off as if sobriety is the choice for everyone, or that I am better than anyone – this is simply my personal experience put to words.

Fifteen months ago today, at 20 years old, I took my last sip of alcohol.

“Your last sip ever?  You’re never going to drink again?” I face that question so often these days and there is really no response I have found adequate yet.

I…

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How Do You Let Go Of Something That Never Was?

1 month ago

How Do You Let Go Of Something That Never Was?

He was never mine to care about, so letting him go shouldn’t be an issue. Right?

As usual, I have only myself to blame for this predicament. I knew it wouldn’t turn into anything legitimate – of that he was perfectly clear, which I appreciated and agreed to. Past Beth would have turned away that instant because of my tenancy to become attached, and as a result, hurt. But present Beth said, “You…

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"10 Signs You Have A Drinking Problem" by Michael Gursky

1 month ago

“10 Signs You Have A Drinking Problem” by Michael Gursky

http://thoughtcatalog.com/michael-gursky/2014/07/10-signs-you-have-a-drinking-problem/

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"6 Things I Learned From Being In A Not-Relationship" by Gretchen Joan

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“6 Things I Learned From Being In A Not-Relationship” by Gretchen Joan

“When you take part in a casual relationship, there are no rules. While this may sound amazing, it’s actually the worst thing ever. Not knowing where you stand with someone is exhausting and complicated.”

http://thoughtcatalog.com/gretchen-joan/2014/07/6-things-i-learned-from-being-in-a-not-relationship/

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This Is What Rehab And Recovery Is Really Like

1 month ago

This Is What Rehab And Recovery Is Really Like

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I know that in the past I have written about my treatment and recovery a few times, but always in a broad sense. I don’t know if it’s easier to address that way, or if I consciously try to block out certain parts of my rock bottom because they embarrass me (then again, it wouldn’t be rock bottom if it were something I was proud of).

So here goes – this is my attempt at setting the record…

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