The Eternal Freedom of the Blacked Out Mind | The Fix

The Eternal Freedom of the Blacked Out Mind

By Regina Walker 08/17/15

If the memory of drug use could be erased, there would be no euphoric recall, no urge to relapse . . .

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In the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the lead female character, Clementine, is unable to get over her previous romantic relationship. The relationship is filled with good and bad memories, and it plagues her so much that she agrees to undergo a procedure to erase the entire relationship from her memory. Despite all the emotional depth of the relationship, she feels it is worth it to let go of the positive memories to free herself from the bad. Once her ex-boyfriend, Joel, realizes what she has done, he has the same procedure performed on himself. Joel, though, once he’s made the decision to undergo the procedure, still fights the effects of the erasing process, attempting unsuccessfully to hold on to Clementine, and the happy memories they shared.

via The Eternal Freedom of the Blacked Out Mind | The Fix.

via The Eternal Freedom of the Blacked Out Mind | The Fix.

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What is Alcoholics Anonymous? 10 Key Points About AA – SoberCoach1

What is Alcoholics Anonymous? 10 Key Points About AA

1. Alcoholics Anonymous, often  referred to as “AA,” is basically  comprised of men and women  who get together for meetings  (that run usually for one hour) to  share their experiences, strength, and hope about a common problem: alcoholism.

via What is Alcoholics Anonymous? 10 Key Points About AA – SoberCoach1.

via What is Alcoholics Anonymous? 10 Key Points About AA – SoberCoach1.

Why Tom Waits Quit Drinking

Why Tom Waits Quit Drinking

Written by  TJ Dawe

Tom Waits has been sober for fifteen years now. He told the Guardian about it in 2006, saying:

“Oh, you know, it was tough. I went to AA. I’m in the program. I’m clean and sober. Hooray. But, it was a struggle.”

 

Does he miss it?

 

“Nah. Not the way I was drinking. No, I’m happy to be sober. Happy to be alive. I found myself in some places I can’t believe I made it out of alive.”

 

Has sobriety affected his creative process?

 

“No. I don’t think so. I mean, one is never completely certain when you drink and do drugs whether the spirits that are moving through you are the spirits from the bottle or your own. And, at a certain point, you become afraid of the answer. That’s one of the biggest things that keeps people from getting sober, they’re afraid to find out that it was the liquor talking all along.

 

“I was trying to prove something to myself, too. It was like, ‘Am I genuinely eccentric? Or am I just wearing a funny hat? What am I made of? What’s left when you drain the pool?'”

via Why Tom Waits Quit Drinking.

via Why Tom Waits Quit Drinking.

Bananacoast Rally | AA Bananacoast District Rally

Bananacoast Rally

Experience Strength Hope

The 2015 Bananacoast District Rally was held at Sawtell in August 2015.

Meeting recordings for download on Rally Site:

Press and hold or (right click on a computer) and save as to download, they’re all MP3 files, around 70 – 80 MB each.

Friday 7pm Experience, Strength and Hope

Saturday 9am AA History (this one starts a few minutes in… oops)

Saturday 11am Emotional Sobriety: The Next Frontier

Saturday 2pm AA’s Message to Alcoholics

Saturday 5pm from Surrender to Service

Sunday 8am A Newcomer Asks: Early sobriety sucks

Sunday 10am Old Timers: Keep Coming Back

We hope you had a wonderful weekend.

via Bananacoast Rally | AA Bananacoast District Rally.

via Bananacoast Rally | AA Bananacoast District Rally.

Driving 110MPH off a Cliff and I SAW GOD

Driving 110MPH off a Cliff and I SAW GOD

 

I find It some what difficult to describe what had happened that night long ago on a mountain road in Colorado. This is a story that I have wanted to write about for many years. I just did not have the time or ability to do so. Today I am so situated that I can devote most of my time learning to become more effective and efficient with what I now know as my spiritual journey.

Let me start story, back at my little cabin that I lived in. It was a small 1 bedroom on the north side of Cheyenne Canyon in Colorado Springs. It was the first of many places I lived, or should I really say, suffered in.

As a young alcoholic, drug addict you can imagine the kind of life I was living. It was not a life I would wish on anyone. I’m quite sure not many people would have been able to survive what I had been doing to myself. I was only 19 years old and had been drinking and using since I was 11.

This was my neighborhood that I grew up in from 1970 thru 1977. The Broadmoor Hotel. The perfect place for a little junkie. My local hangout was one of the finest hotels in America. During the summer month, it was filled with families from all over the world.

via Driving 110MPH off a Cliff and I SAW GOD.

via Driving 110MPH off a Cliff and I SAW GOD.

Why our addiction recovery stories matter – INTERVIEW with Daniel Maurer | Addiction Blog

Why Our Recovery Stories Matter

As people in recovery, we know how difficult transformation is. We also know that the road to recovery has no end. The journey is never really finished. Are we ever really “done”working on ourselves? In fact, sharing your story is usually part of the treatment process and becomes a part of addiction recovery itself. A person needs to progress each day to maintain a healthy life. Every day adds more and more history to your story.

But how can you use your words more effectively? What is the goal of sharing stories about addiction? More importantly, how can you construct a story that will impact the right audience and really make a difference?

via Why our addiction recovery stories matter – INTERVIEW with Daniel Maurer | Addiction Blog.

via Why our addiction recovery stories matter – INTERVIEW with Daniel Maurer | Addiction Blog.

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