Richard has spent many years under the influence of alcohol. His drinking began at age 12. He and his friends would grab a cheap six-pack of beer from a delicatessen, and drink in the park. At the time, Richard felt like he and his friends were having ...
Joya is a recovering alcoholic who found herself part of another group suffering from a dysfunction involving relationships with other people. While in the beginning of her recovery, she began dating another person in her AA program despite her sponsor...
Raquel eats and doesn’t stop. She was overweight and physically unhealthy, and resigned to her life. She couldn’t prevent herself from eating. Halloween was her favorite as she had access to seemingly endless amounts of sweet candy.
Despite Teddy’s 25 years of sobriety, he can’t recall his first Filet Mignon dinner or his first ice cream cone. But he’ll never forget his first beer at age 13. Drinking quickly morphed into hard drug use,
With two #1 Comedy Central specials to his credit, comedian and transformational speaker Kyle Cease is a keynote speaker, igniting audiences through his unique blend of comedy and personal evolution. He has been a guest speaker at colleges, summits,
Like so many moms across the country, Elaine’s son became addicted to opioid pain pills, after they were subscribed to him to treat a sports injury. And, like many moms across the country, Elaine had no clue her son was addicted to them. Sadly,
Arnie today owns a help line for those seeking an end to their addiction to gambling. He thinks online gambling is the newest form of crack cocaine, as it affects people across racial, social and economic lines.
John is part of a special group of folks in recovery who like to refer to themselves as “Double Winners.” The title acknowledges that no only are they addicts, but their addictions were affected by the addictions of others.
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 another very apparent to...
Sheila’s anger started in childhood but manifested later in life through postpartum depression. When Sheila was first married, she decided to take on an unwelcome role as mother to her new stepson. She felt as if she needed to raise him,
Alan remembers having trouble controlling his feelings throughout childhood, but there was one moment in the fifth grade when nerves got the better of him; he couldn’t read words of a play aloud. Relentless teasing lead Alan to grow angry.
Tom’s first drink was at age sixteen. For him, drinking and getting drunk was a rite of passage. He blames mostly his father, who to this day is still an active drinker. But at the time, Tom thought being an alcoholic was cool,
Charlie first started drinking at age 12 and got sober by nineteen. That first drink came in his mother’s kitchen, when he swiped two swigs of vodka. Charlie thought it tastes horrible but within a coupe of weeks he was sneaking flasks into his bedroom...
BA Austin is the author of Smell the Raindrops: One Young Woman’s Journey through Life, Love, and Recovery. It is her powerful fictional memoir about relationships and the challenges of being a Southern Belle baby-boomer born into significant wealth.
In 1999, Harold Owens was hired by the MusiCares Foundation, the charity arm of The Recording Academy (the GRAMMY Organization). As senior director of the MusiCares/MAP Fund, he is responsible for the implementation of all aspects of its addiction reco...
Dorothy is a long-time friend of the show with decades of sobriety under her belt. She comes back today to provide some tips and motivation for the recovering addict who finds himself surrounded by the ceremonial toasts traditional for New Year’s Eve.
Eric’s first drink at 18 years of age ushered him into a world of alcohol and all the wonders he thought the drug could bring. He was on a family cruise, and once the ship entered international waters, Eric was able to buy booze unlike in the U.S.
Mike recounts his first experience with alcohol, as a teenager, when a planned gathering of friends only gathers himself and one other person. He proceeds to drink all the beer intended for a much larger crowd.
Mike’s first drink came when he was 12 or 13 years old. He had no hobbies, played no school sports, and had friends who in retrospect he calls “derelicts.” Mike follows his friends leads, drinking and abusing whatever drugs they could find.