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Buzzing Emotional Mess

12 Step Radio - 17 October, 2018 - 10:08

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 the children. Andrew notes his father is a psychiatrist. He blames that for his inability to feel comfortable among peers, unless he was drinking. By his own account, he was a “buzzing, emotional mess.” At age 15, Andrew’s drinking had lead drug use, dropping out of school, getting kicked out the house and getting in trouble with the law.

Willing To Be Destroyed

12 Step Radio - 16 October, 2018 - 09:57

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 to get “loopy.” She rarely ever drank as a teenager and a true fear of drugs.  But after graduating college, life for her started to become difficult both in trying to find work and attempting to find love.  A weird expedition around the world exposed LaRoco to drugs, alcohol and the escape it appear to provide.  While she could agree it was a poor decision, she also felt she was willing to be destroyed by the substance abuse.

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USW – Marcel

12 Step Radio - 15 October, 2018 - 16:28

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, and tragically committed suicide.  Her death sent Marcel into a tailspin.  He began “drinking with a vengeance.”  He would mix pills with his alcohol, and wound up having a heart attack.  Despite promises to his children, he resumed drinking and using drugs to the point he brought a second heart attack upon himself.   But this time Marcel’s kids told him they no longer believed he would stop drinking.



Two And Half Months

12 Step Radio - 15 October, 2018 - 09:49

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 day, while working as a dishwasher in a local restaurant, Dean stole a case of wine which he kept hidden in his bedroom closet.  He would sneak out and hike far into the woods in order to drink.   By 19, Dean became a daily drinker and by 21 Dean drank himself into a two-and-half month-long blackout.

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12 Step Radio - 14 October, 2018 - 09:44

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 mother had “poor boundaries” with regard to how she dressed around him as a young child.  Following his parents’ divorce, his mother would insist on being sexually explicit with him while he was a teenager.  Tim would find his hormones in overdrive, even leaving high school classes to self-pleasure in the high school boy’s restroom.