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Thought for the Day:
 
An alcoholic carries an awful load around with him. What a load lying puts on your shoulders! Drinking makes liars out of all us alcoholics. In order to get the liquor we want, we have to lie all the time. We have to lie about where we've been and what we've been doing. A man who's lying is only half alive, because of the constant fear of being found out. When you come into A.A., and get honest with yourself and with other people, that terrible load of lying falls off your shoulders.

Pulling Ourselves Out Of Issolation and Loneliness

Alone no more.
"We gradually and carefully pull ourselves out of the isolation and loneliness of addiction and into the mainstream of life."
Basic Text, p. 37
Many of us spent much of our using time alone, avoiding other people-especially people who were not using-at all costs. After years of isolation, trying to find a place for ourselves in a bustling, sometimes boisterous fellowship is not always easy. We may still feel isolated, focusing on our differences rather than our similarities.

Mac Miller died of an accidental overdose, coroner finds

Rapper and producer Mac Miller died from "mixed drug toxicity," according to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
The drugs in Miller's system included fentanyl, cocaine, and ethanol, the coroner found.
His death was ruled an accident in a report, the results of which were released Monday.
Miller, whose real name is Malcolm McCormick,died in Septemberat age 26.
He started his journey in music as a teenager by putting out mixtapes in his native Pittsburgh. In 2012, his first album, "Blue Slide Park," became the first independent debut album to hit the top of the Billboard chart in more than 16 years.

‘I lied about my drinking’: David Cassidy drank to his death ‘to cover up the sadness’

Fans flushed with worry when David Cassidy — the beloved singer from “The Partridge Family” whose song “I Think I Love You” became an anthem for young romantics everywhere — nearly fell off the stage duringa disastrous concert in Agoura Hills, Calif., in February 2017.
That was only part of the problem. He also couldn’t remember the lyrics to many of his older songs and, as captured in a video obtained by TMZ, he slurred his words throughout the show. Many fans reached the same sorrowful conclusion: It appeared Cassidy had fallen off the wagon.

A Positive Attitude

"That old nest of negativism followed me everywhere I went."
          - Basic Text, p.137
A negative attitude is the trademark of active addiction. Everything that occurred in our lives was someone or something else's fault. We had blaming others for our shortcomings down to a fine science. In recovery, one of the first things we strive to develop is a new attitude. We find that life goes a lot easier when we replace our negative thinking with positive principles.

Inspiration

A shark in a fish tank will grow 8", but in the ocean it will grow 8' or more. The shark will never out grow its environment, and neither will you. Many times we're around small thinking people, so we don't grow. Change your environment and watch your growth.

Peace

If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.

Opioid Epidemic

It is sad to see so many young people passing away due to the opioid crisis. It shows how hard it is to give opioids up for good. Many addicts are clean for awhile, then go back out. Please, if you have relapsed, don't be ashamed. Get help! Go to 12 step meetings, go to detox, reconnect with those who helped you get sober to begin with. Your families and friends need you. You need to be around to help others. Don't give up and give in. You can do it!

The Financial Realities of Living with an Addict

NEW YORK (Reuters) - For David Sheff, there is nothing worse than the sheer terror of witnessing your own child slip away into a life of drug abuse.
The San Francisco writer felt helpless as his son Nic became addicted to substances like methamphetamine and heroin over the course of a decade, beginning in 1997 when Nic was around 15.
Nic eventually triumphed, and has now been clean for more than five years, to his parents’ great joy and relief. But his lengthy struggles with addiction had another long-term victim: Their family budget.

Shame

I'm really enjoying this IOP class I'm in. (That's a miracle) It's proving to be profoundly informative. We talked about shame tonight. I didn't realize how much shame I had, in believing that I wasn't worth the love and acceptance I've been searching for my whole life due to my abandonment issues. But talking about it and putting it in the air like this ensures that my feelings of shame won't survive. If u can name it and talk about it, shame can't survive.