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Buzzing Emotional Mess

Andrew is another member of the “Double Winners” – people who achieved sobriety through both Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon. He comes from a divorce family, and was shuffled between both parents who made their dislike for one...

Willing To Be Destroyed

LaRoco is celebrating four years sobriety at the age of 31.  She recalls a great childhood, growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and can’t remember ever being a “problem child.”  But in college, LaRoco says she began...

USW – Marcel

Marcel started drinking heavily at 18 years old. He met a nice woman, got married and quit drinking for 8 to 9 years because his wife didn’t drink. But when his wife had a work-related injury; she became severely depressed...

Two And Half Months

Like many who now identify as an alcoholic, Dean insists he grew up in a “normal” family in the New Jersey suburbs.  His first drinks came in his early teens, sneaking drinks from the parents liquor cabinet.  But one...

Altered State

Dan admits to being a sex addict.  He would seek sex from prostitutes in New York City four nights a week.  He never had to worry about money, as Dan could hold down a job and keep enough money to spend on sex workers.  Looking...

Mommy

Tim is recovering from addiction to sex.  He can look back at his family and see the genesis of his addiction, noticing his father (who had alcohol and rage issues) was notorious for having extra-marital affairs.  Tim’s...

Transferring the Addiction

Pat was a food addict in recovery when she began drinking.  She spent most of her life overweight and having a severe addiction to food.  She learned to use food to feel comfort whenever she felt rejected or guilty.  Pat ate...

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Frank grew up in Ireland, where he learned to drink. But his drinking grew out of control after moving to New York. He was free of his parents, who were still in Europe. Frank began a life of partying and drinking for days at a...

Party Girl

Lauren had a taste of beer at age six or seven at a July 4th party with family and a friends. She admits to being a curious girl, and even at that young age the alcohol felt good. But by age 14, Lauren would become a regular...

Can’t Spend At All

Justin attends Debtors Anonymous not because he has a debt problem, but because he won’t spend. He would hoard his money out of fear that he might not be able to control his finances.  His refusal to spend money often left him...

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