Category: A.A./N.A.

Buprenorphine Prescriptions Tripled to Fight Opioid Epidemic

The abuse of opioids has become a prevalent problem throughout the United States. In fact, many consider this form of substance abuse to be an epidemic, as it has caused devastation in the lives of countless individuals, and yet appears to be continuously growing in prevalence. It has been estimated that 80 people die from overdoses on opioid-based substances, which includes prescription painkillers and heroin, every day in the United... Read More

Drug Use on the Job

Here in the Golden State, our communities bustle with a wealth of opportunity. There are countless ways to advance professionally, working alongside leaders in a variety of industries. Here in California, we’re proud of our workforce and all they’ve accomplished, but beneath the surface of career success and economic viability lies an unfortunate truth. Californians from all walks of life suffer from the negative impact of addiction, and countless individuals... Read More

Share Your Experience, Strength and Hope

Living out the 12th Step The twelfth step in Alcoholics Anonymous says, “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” From the beginning, Gene Duffy, our founder, embraced this twelfth step, sharing his story of hope many times and placing the slogan, “Together they shared their experience, strength, and hope”... Read More

Compulsive Gamblers at Increased Risk for Alcohol Abuse

An addiction to gambling is a serious mental health disorder that can quickly ravage an individual’s life if treatment is not sought to halt the destructive compulsions and behaviors that are characteristic of this condition. Gambling disorder is the only non-substance-related addiction that is included in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), though individuals who grapple with such an illness also commonly struggle... Read More

Arrests Shine Light on Prescription Pill Abuse in Reno

The recent breakup of a “pill mill” ring in Reno, Nevada, has brought renewed attention on the area’s struggles to effectively address epidemic levels of prescription drug abuse. In the nearly 90 years since Reno, Nevada bestowed the “Biggest Little City in the World” nickname upon itself, the former mining town has maintained a reputation for excess. Liberal divorce laws, legal gambling, and proximity to licensed brothels has made Reno... Read More

Animal House Revisited: The Dangers of Binge Drinking in College

It’s a scene straight out of a movie — parties, drinking, students passed out on the front lawn of a frat house. Unfortunately, however, this scene is not so much a comedy as it is a tragedy. A recent study from the University of Washington found that binge drinking  in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area has increased nearly 30 percent in the last decade, and Santa Clara County saw... Read More

The importance of continuing care

Defeating an addiction can be one of the proudest moments of an individual’s life, and rightfully so. All of the work and dedication that goes into overcoming the compulsion to use drugs or alcohol can be extremely difficult, so when that success is achieved, it can feel as though the struggle is over and that one will never have to deal with that compulsion again. Unfortunately, however, it is not... Read More

Prescription Pill Abuse in Sacramento County

Heroin. Morphine. OxyContin. Vicodin. Mention the term “dangerous opioids” to most people, and these four substances are likely to be the first drugs that come to mind. Talk about dangerous opioids with someone in the Sacramento area, and it’s increasingly likely that he or she will add another drug to that list: Fentanyl. A extremely powerful synthetic opioid, fentanyl is commonly employed in medical situations as an anesthetic or to... Read More

Lessons From John Lennon and His Song, “Cold Turkey”

“Temperature’s rising Fever is high Can’t see no future Can’t see no sky My feet are so heavy So is my head I wish I was a baby I wish I was dead Cold turkey has got me on the run My body is aching Goose-pimple bone Can’t see no body Leave me alone My eyes are wide open Can’t get to sleep One thing I’m sure of I’m at... Read More

How to Give Back During Recovery

“Giving, rather than getting, will become the guiding principle.” –Page 128, the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous I have mentored four women during my 15 years of sobriety. There is nothing that makes me more content than to watch these women continue to grow in their sobriety. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to point them in the right direction. Being of Service There are many ways to serve.... Read More

What I Learned From My Sobriety in 2015

Here we are, already 8 days into the new year. Maybe you’ve kept your resolutions, or maybe you’ve already broken a few. Maybe you’ve already experienced tragedy, or perhaps you had a joy-filled start to 2016.  Reality is, we don’t have a lot of control over what happens in our lives over this next year. But we can do at least one thing—stay sober! Something I’ve found helpful each new... Read More

12 Tips on Staying Sober This Holiday

These 12 simple and timeless tips can help you stay sober over the holidays. (from the December 1978 Hummer, adapted from Box 459) Line up extra A.A. activities for the holiday season. Be host to A.A. friends, especially newcomers. Keep your A.A. telephone list handy. Find out about special holiday parties. Skip any drinking occasions you are nervous about. If you have to go to a drinking party, keep some candy handy. Don’t... Read More

How I Survived My First Sober Christmas

“So this is Christmas And what have you done Another year over And a new one just begun And so this is Christmas I hope you have fun The near and the dear ones The old and the young A very merry Christmas And a happy New Year Let’s hope it’s a good one Without any fear…” Christmas is upon us once again and the above is my favorite song... Read More

Why I’ll Never Drink Again

Do we truly need to get and stay sober? Do we really need to accept that we can never have another drink or another drug? Obviously, my answer is a resounding, “Yes!” I chose 18 years ago to travel down the road of sobriety. I have attended thousands of meetings over that time period and have heard thousands of fellows share their stories. From the stay-at-home mom who lost custody... Read More