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Chapter 5 of Caroline Knapp’s book is called “In Vodka Veritas”. It could be subtitled “The Truth About Drinking.” Caroline gives us a great deal of insight into her drinking career, especially some of her reasons for drinking. The prime rationale will ring true with many of us.  She just wanted to fit in. She

Kintsukuroi is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery through the use of a lacquer resin sprinkled with gold powder to mend the broken pieces back together.  At some point in the 15th Century, the Japanese started to employ this technique.  Collectors everywhere started to clamor after these repaired pieces because they were seen to

Sex addiction is not the easiest thing to recognize, especially if you’re neck deep in it. Even outside observers (friends, family, therapists, etc.) sometimes struggle to identify the problem, primarily because sex addicts tend to be highly secretive about what they are doing. If you are worried about your (or someone else’s) sexual behaviors, and

  What a difference one day makes, how set to rise circles round again.     A new dawn breaks on every instance of heartache and loss. We are ready when     freshness comes across. With transformed eyes, first light breaks out of the darkest skies     and turns each shade into new

Chapter 4 of Caroline Knapp’s book is entitled “Hunger.”  In this chapter she talks about the development of her hunger for alcohol, from its earliest drizzles to its raging torrents.  She describes her obsession over getting her fair share of whatever alcohol was offered, how the whole idea of turning down a drink was preposterous

The first step in 12-step programs reads approximately as follows: “We admitted we were powerless over our addiction and that our lives had become unmanageable.” The wisdom expressed in this step is amazingly powerful and transformative for everybody, not just those who struggle with acute addiction. All human beings are subject to the human condition,

Generally speaking there are six primary signs and symptoms of sexual addiction, delineated below. These signs and symptoms eventually occur in nearly all sex addicts, regardless of age, gender, race, social status, or any other external factor. Obsession: Sex addicts are preoccupied with sex to the point of obsession. They think about it, fantasize about

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