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Deathly Drinking

12 Step Radio - 8 December, 2018 - 15:39

John says the most important thing he needs to remember is that he is an alcoholic. He says if he can remember that each day, he won’t go back to the life he used to lead; one spent wasted and drunk. He says his first drink was a child, at church. John can remember, as a child, he just was never comfortable with himself. Looking back, he thinks its odd that a child could detest himself so much. But drinking made those feelings go away. While away at school, John worked in restaurant where he had unbridled access to booze. His drinking lead to deathly health problems that lead John to finally seek sobriety.

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Make Me Sexy

12 Step Radio - 7 December, 2018 - 15:33

Cynthia can remember never liking herself, even as a child. She remembers at age four hating herself. She thinks now it had to do with her family, who themselves were all alcoholics. She was afraid of bringing friends home as the police might be there or her parents might be engaged in a brutal physical fight. Cynthia thinks her first drink was at age four or five, when made to get beer for her father out of the family fridge. She took a sampling, because she watched her father drink all the time. Cynthia’s next big drink happened at age 15, with friends. And when she drank, he teenage insecurities melted away and she felt different; funny, popular and sexy.

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Boozy Point, Brooklyn

12 Step Radio - 6 December, 2018 - 15:30

Dennis grew up in Brooklyn’s Breezy Point neighborhood, which all of his friends used to call “Boozy Point.” At age thirteen, working as a Cabana Boy, he would take beer from the beach club and host weekend bonfire parties for his friends. By the time he was 15, he was stealing liquor from his family’s cabinet in hopes of having better parties. In retrospect, Dennis says he drank so early in hopes it could help him fit in with the other kids. He also felt isolated from his family; he could never be comfortable at gatherings or parties. He chose to stay in his room. Drinking took over Dennis’ life by age 17, and he was cutting classes both in high school and later in college. The first person to confront Dennis about his drinking was his bartender.

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Addicted To The Addict

12 Step Radio - 5 December, 2018 - 15:24

Mark’s son’s addiction was out of control, but Mark knew no way to help. Problems began when his son, as a teenager, got arrested for possessing marijuana. Drug treatment and court-ordered programs didn’t help. The time and stress spent keeping a vigilant watch on his son took it’s toll on Mark, to the point Mark couldn’t manage his own life.

The Revolving Door

12 Step Radio - 4 December, 2018 - 15:17

Carmen’s son Timmy was by all accounts a healthy young man. He was popular, athletic and charming. But he began using steroids after high school. That, Carmen says, lead to OxyContin abuse and eventual abuse of injected heroin. Carmen lost her son to his addiction. Asked what her life is like now, Carmen replies, “Hell. I am waiting to die to see my son again.”