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In the story of every addict there is a point when they stop using drugs or alcohol and the drugs or alcohol start to use them.  At some point the substance takes ownership of the new addict. One moment you are having fun using drugs, meeting new friends and exploring the possibilities ­­– the next
  Dear Elizabeth, I didn’t know you, but I’ve been thinking about you for the past week, since you came up missing. I was following the story - and so was the rest of Michigan. I saw a picture of you with my friends at an NA convention over the winter. I thought you could
Photo courtesy of In today’s world, porn addiction is the most common form of sexual addiction. Without doubt, this is thanks to the Internet, which offers an almost endless supply of free, easily and anonymously accessible erotic imagery of every ilk imaginable. For porn addicts, the Internet is a bit like dropping an alcoholic
In this, the next to last chapter of Caroline Knapp’s wonderful biography, Drinking: A Love Story, we are examining the subject of getting help. There are many ways to go about getting help.  Caroline talks about her stay in a rehab facility and her eventual acceptance of, and warming to, the camaraderie of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Jeff Vande Zande
Jeff Vande Zande teaches fiction writing and screenwriting at Delta College. His books of fiction include Emergency Stopping and Other Stories, Into the Desperate Country, Landscape with Fragmented Figures and Threatened Species and Other Stories (Whistling Shade Press). His novel American Poet won the Stuart and Vernice Gross Award for Excellence in Writing by a
In recovery you are told to forgive yourself. To be kind to yourself.  To praise yourself for every day of your recovery.  I found this hard at the beginning and I still find it hard. Nearly every addict in recovery I have met started their journey filled with the same shame and self-loathing. Through their