Friday, December 31, 2004

Wishing You a Sober and Happy New Year, One Day at a Time

daily quota: Resolutions; Daily Event; Optimist & Pessimist; Drunkenness

"Every New Year people make resolutions to change aspects of themselves they believe are negative. The majority of people revert back to how they were before and feel like failures. This year I challenge you to a new resolution. I challenge you to just be yourself."
- Aisha Elderwyn

"I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me."
- Anais Nin

"An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves."
- Bill Vaughan

"This drunkenness culminates on New Year's Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you're married to."
- PJ O'Rourke

quipping post: Comic Strip

Louis The Alcoholic Worm
"Comic Strip about an alcoholic worm. Come see the zany antics that occur when a cute cartoon worm moves in with the band and develops a raging alcohol problem." Clicking on each 'Episode' Title brings up a new one:
Louis The Alcoholic Worm

links added today: Group; Resources; Page

Roundtable Group
Homepage of the Roundtable Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, Hendersonville, NC:
Roundtable Group of AA

Rebecca K's AA Page (Sobriety Resources)
A collection of resources for getting sober & staying sober: How to Get Help, Program, History, Happy, Joyous & Free, Member Pages, more: for those with drinking & living problems & for those who love them."
Rebecca K's AA Page

JohnXP's Recovery Page
"There is nothing like the theraputic value of one addict helping another":
JohnXP's Recovery Page

Thursday, December 30, 2004

daily quota: Susan Sontag

Susan Sontag, the novelist, essayist, critic and human rights activist, passed away Tuesday at the age of 71 due to complications from leukemia.

Sontag defined herself as an obsessed aesthete and moralist. As such, and even though I personally disagreed with some of her controversial views, she gave me many pauses for thought about my own views on art and life.

More to the topic of addiction and recovery, her mother was an alcoholic and she lost her father when 5-years-old -- she sadly described her childhood as "a terrible waste of time" and "one long prison sentence."

Susan Sontag Quotes:

"What we need is to use what we have."

"It is not the position, but the disposition."

"Lying is the most simple form of self-defence."

"The only interesting answers are those that destroy the questions."

"A large part of the popularity and persuasiveness of psychology comes from its being a sublimated spiritualism: a secular, ostensibly scientific way of affirming the primacy of 'spirit' over matter."

"Most people in this society who aren't actively mad are, at best, reformed or potential lunatics."

"I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them."

quipping post: Penguins

A penguin walks into a bar and asks the bartender, "Have you seen my brother?" So the bartender asks: "What does he look like?"

Watch Your Back!
Shucks...the poor little guy doesn't even see it coming:

links added today: Hideaway; Treatment

Odatpotter's Hideaway
A few links on the home index page and the drop down "Go to" menu box near the top also takes you to lots of site pages:
Odatpotter's Hideaway

National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers
"The mission of the NAATP (U.S.) is to promote, assist and enhance the delivery of ethical, effective, research-based treatment for alcoholism and other drug addictions":

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

daily quota: Empty; Knowledge; Read

"The more we empty ourselves, the more room we give God to fill us."
- Mother Teresa

"A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge."
- Thomas Carlyle

"When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading."
- Henny Youngman

quipping post: What It Was Like

This could just as well be a picture of
me reading the morning paper years ago:

links added today: Inn; Catalog

Recovery Inn
A 12 step recovery forum for all addictions, the only requirement for membership is the desire to stop drinking or using, there are no fees or dues:
Recovery Inn Catalog of Alcoholics Anonymous
"Find out of print and collectable Alcoholics Anonymous books, magazines, & more": Catalog of AA

Friday, December 24, 2004

Wishing You a Sober and Merry Christmas!

"Wondrous is this great blue ship
that sails around the mighty sun,
Joy to everyone who rides along!"

Daily posts will resume Wednesday, December 29th.

Click a Deer for a Holiday Cheer:

Thursday, December 23, 2004

daily quota: God; Wander; Happiness; Sorrow; Music

"Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone."
- Jesus

"All that is gold does not glitter; not all those that wander are lost."
- JRR Tolkien

"Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory."
- Albert Schweitzer

"People who drink to drown their sorrow should be told that sorrow knows how to swim."
- Ann Landers

"Music is fulfilling. The next day you feel better. Drugs, the next day you feel terrible -- unless you have more drugs."
- Neil Young

quipping post: Present; Games

Christmas Present
A drunk was telling his wife the big plans he had for Christmas this year. In the middle of his spiel the wife interrupted him, "You can say what you want, but I know that you'll (Yule?) spend Christmas like a present!" The drunk was baffled, "I don't get it. What do you mean, like a present?" The wife explained: "As always, come Christmas Eve you'll tie one-on , pass out, and spend the night under the tree."
Selection of Flash animation games:

links added today: Group; Office; Recovery; Wing

MoM AA Group
"Meeting of the Minds Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, a GSO-registered online email meeting"
MoM AA Group

Online Services Office: Alcoholics Anonymous
"Services for Alcoholics Anonymous members, groups, intergroups, and General Service districts and areas":
AA Online Services Office

Glenn's Narcotics Anonymous Recovery Links
"This web site is dedicated to the program of Narcotics Anonymous; because it opened my mind, and saved my life...":
Glenn's NA Recovery Links

Wing of Madness Depression Guide
"Depression information, news and support":
Wing of Madness

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

daily quota: One Reason Why; Half that Quantity

"Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can."
- Willis Whitney

"When I heated my home with oil, I used an average of 800 gallons a year. I have found that I can keep comfortably warm for an entire winter with half that quantity of beer."
- Dave Barry

quipping post: Santa's Helper

Q: Why did one of Santa's helpers drink too much?
A: Because he had low Elf esteem.

links added today: Change; Chasing

Changing Rolls
"In order to lead a clean and sober lifestyle we must be committed to change":
Changing Rolls

Featuring Chasing the Dragon comix - help for addicts:

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

daily quota: Tranquility; Feel

"It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes."
- Thomas Aquinas

"Beer makes you feel the way you ought to feel without beer."
- Henry Lawson

links added today: History; Council

AA History Lovers
"This group is intended for all those interested in the history of Alcoholics Anonymous. It is not limited to members of AA, and is not an AA group":
AA History Lovers

Cenla Chemcial Dependency Council
Various regional references along with general addiction resources:
Cenla Chemcial Dependency Council

Monday, December 20, 2004

daily quota: How Far; Safe Place

"When someone tells you that you can’t go any farther, just tell them to look behind you and see how far you’ve come."
- Lorna Pitre

"I can't die until the government finds a safe place to bury my liver."
- Phil Harris

quipping post: Because of the Drinking

A doctor spoke frankly with his alcoholic patient, "I can't seem to find an effective treatment for your condition. It must be because of the drinking." The drunk quickly replied, "No problem Doc, I'll come back when you've sobered up."

link added today: Lamps

AA-Lamps Chat
"... an informal gathering of members of Alcoholics Anonymous in a chat room setting. The room is open to all who have a desire to stop drinking":
AA-Lamps Chat

Friday, December 17, 2004

daily quota: God; Within; Believe

"The Kingdom of God is within you."
- Jesus

"You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself."
- Galileo

"Tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe and he'll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint on it and he'll have to touch it to be sure."
- Jaeger

quipping post: Five, Four, Three...

A drunk sits down at the bar and orders five drinks. After drinking them, he orders four, then only three, and so on. The bartender finally asks him, "What's up with the way you order drinks?" "I think it's weird too," the drunk replies, "But I promised my wife I'd try to cut back on my drinking."

links added today: GrassRoots; Listen; Koop

GrassRoots Africa
"... an online -- using email -- group of Alcoholics Anonymous, whose members help each other remain sober, one day at a time, by sharing their experience, strength, and hope with each other via the Internet":
GrassRoots Africa

Listen to Recovery
"The Spoken Message of Recovery."
Narcotics Anonymous speaker tapes:
Listen to Recovery

Dr. Koop
"Trusted, Reliable and Up To Date Health Information." Check their 'Health Centers' menu in the left column for various addiction resources:
Dr. Koop

other links added in the last week:

-- How Alcohol Works -- Serenity Online

-- -- Phellowship -- Alaska Region of NA

Thursday, December 16, 2004

daily quota: To Be and To Do

"We are what we repeatedly do." - Aristotle

"To be is to do." - Socrates

"Do be do be do." - Frank Sinatra

"Yabba-Dabba-Do!" - Fred Flintstone

quipping post: Windows Media Movie

Beer Stand
This online movie plays in the linked page and takes a moment to launch. If it conks out, just click the little 'play' arrow to re-launch it (runtime 2 mins 28 secs):
Beer Stand Movie

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

daily quota: Respect; Right Track

"Respect yourself and others will respect you."
- Confucius

"Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there."
- Will Rogers

quipping post: Railroad Engineers

Two drunks are trying to crawl home along the railroad tracks. One of them asks the other, "Did you ever see such a long staircase?" The other drunk replies: "I don't mind all these stairs, but the low railings are a real pain."

links added today: Phish; Serenity

The Phellowship
"... a group of Phish Heads who choose to remain drug and alcohol free... Our simple purpose is to provide 'phellowship,' support and information to those who seek the comfort and camaraderie of other clean and sober people at shows":

Serenity Online
"... a support group for familys and friends of Alcoholics. The only requirement for membership is that you think you have been affected by someone elses drinking. We practice the study of the twelve steps of Alanon":
Serenity Online

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

daily quota: Miracle; Left Home

"The miracle is this -- the more we share, the more we have."
- Leonard Nimoy

"My daddy left home when I was three
And he didn't leave much to Ma and me
Just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze."
- Johnny Cash, from 'A Boy Named Sue'
- Lyrics from poem by Shel Silverstein

links added today: How; Alaska

Howstuffworks "How Alcohol Works"
"Find out what alcohol actually is and how it affects those who drink it":
How Alcohol Works

Alaska Region of Narcotics Anonymous
Meetings, Service Opportunities, Recovery Online, Events, Convention:
Alaska Region of NA

Monday, December 13, 2004

daily quota: Humor; Electricity

"Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility."
- James Thurber

"Electricity is actually made up of extremely tiny particles called electrons, that you cannot see with the naked eye, unless you have been drinking."
- Dave Barry

quipping post: Bar Tab

A drunk sat down on his usual barstool and ordered his usual drink. The bartender was about to start pouring when he noticed the drunk's tab was grossly in arrears, "Sorry, no more for you until you pay this tab you've been running." The drunk complained: "You've got to be kidding, no one could wait that long for a drink."

link added today: Prevention
"Nebraska's Alcohol and Drug Information Clearinghouse, is one of the state's largest repositories of information on substance abuse prevention, education and policy and it's socio-economic impact":

Friday, December 10, 2004

daily quota: Reality; Referees

"One common mistake is to think that one reality is the reality. You must always be prepared to leave one reality for a greater one."
- Mother Meera

"But did you know that 80 percent of referees down an alcoholic beverage on the evening before a game? Now that explains a few things."
- Damian Farrow and Justin Kemp

quipping post: More than 200 Cartoons

Alcoholic Cartoons
Clicking on the thumbnails enlarges them and the grey arrow
on each page takes you to another new batch of cartoons:
Alcoholic Cartoons

links added today: Path; Journey

Path to Recovery
"God's Word and the Twelve Steps":
Path to Recovery

Jami's Journey Into Recovery
"My name is Jami, and I am a very grateful recovering addict":
Jami's Journey

other links added this week:

-- Drug Rehab and Treatment Centers

-- Marty's AA Pages -- SupportChat!

-- Working Sobriety -- Recovery Threads

-- Drunk Busters -- Self Counseling

-- Counselor Magazine

Thursday, December 09, 2004

daily quota: Nap; Enlightenment

"There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled."
- Edward Lucas

"If you ever reach total enlightenment while drinking beer, I bet it makes beer shoot out your nose."
- Jack Handy

quipping post: Did You Ever Get This Drunk? (Gross)

Billy S brought this movie to my attention (thanks, Billy!). It might take a moment to load in your browser and only runs 0:29 seconds, but be warned, that's long enough to gross you out:
Windows Media Movie

links added today: Sobriety; Drunk

Working Sobriety
"... web based Recovery Assistance Program whose purpose is to provide on line support for those who seek recovery from addictions and compulsive behaviors. We are guided by the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions":
Working Sobriety

Drunk Busters
"Wisconsin company that works to help schools, law enforcement agencies, and traffic safety organizations to stop people from driving impaired. In nine years, Drunk Busters of America has grown to include products dealing with driver education, school violence, gun safety, and drug abuse":
Drunk Busters

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

daily quota: Luck & Work; What I Like

"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it."
- Thomas Jefferson

"What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others."
- Diogenes

quipping post: Crafty Drunk

A drunk walked into a bar and asked the bartender how many pints were in a quart. The bartender told him, "Exactly two pints." The drunk thanked him, then went and sat down at a corner table far from the bar. When the waitress came over to take his order, the drunk ordered two pints and said the bartender was buying. Knowing that the bartender was a cheap guy, she didn't believe him. But the drunk insisted he could prove it. He shouted across the bar to the bartender, "Excuse me again my good man, but this barmaid doesn't believe me. How many did you say?" The bartender shouted back to the waitress: "It's true Luv, two pints."

links added today: Counseling; Magazine

Self Counseling
"Free Self Help, Inspirational Stories, and Self Counseling":
Self Counseling

Counselor Magazine
"The Magazine for Addiction Professionals":
Counselor Magazine

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

daily quota: Actions; Drink

"A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions."
- Confucius

"I have written much less than people who write, but I have drunk much more than most people who drink."
- Guy Debord

quipping post: The Bottle

"Think before you drink" Flash animation:
The Bottle

links added today: Pages; Centers

Marty's AA Pages
"Welcome to Marty D.'s Friends Of Bill W. Pages!! Please tell me if you would like something added or improved or God Forbid - Corrected":
Marty's AA Pages

Drug Rehab and Treatment Centers
"Contact us for a free consultation. We will find the correct solution for your specific addiction problem. Our referral list contains over 3,000 of the nations best treatment resources."
Drug Rehab and Treatment Centers

Monday, December 06, 2004

daily quota: Doing for Others; Squandered

"Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I spent a lot of my money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."
- George Best

links added today: Chat; Threads

"This is a chat for people to provide mutual support":

Recovery Threads
"Recovery, sobriety, and AA gifts, clothing":
Recovery Threads

Friday, December 03, 2004

daily quota: Tomorrow; Past and Present; Keep Going

"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day."
- Jesus

"Do not dwell in the past. Do not dream of the future. Concentrate the mind on the present moment."
- Buddha

"If you are going through hell, keep going."
- Winston Churchill

quipping post: Simulation of Coming Home Drunk

In this interactive Flash animation, use your cursor as a key to try and unlock the door and see how it gets trickier as the level of intoxication rises:
Flash Simulation

links added today: Bill; Recovery; Drugs

Bill W Co-Founder of Alcoholics Anonymous
"... listed books written about Bill, along with quotations from the 'Big Book' and personal quotes from his letters to members. I have also included a photo gallery which I hope you enjoy":
Bill W Co-Founder of AA

Recovery With Depth
"Recovering people need recovering people ...with similar interests":
Recovery With Depth
"....everything you need to know about drugs, but no one bothered to tell you":

other links added this week:

-- Addicts Anonymous -- BBC Health: Addictions

-- Burke's Holgate Street -- Canadian Assembly of NA

-- Dark Alcohol -- Eurocare

-- -- Tool Box

Thursday, December 02, 2004

daily quota: Future; Closet

"We know only two things about the future: It cannot be known, and it will be different from what exists now and from what we now expect."
- Peter Drucker

"If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance."
- George Bernard Shaw

quipping post: Light Bulb

Q: How many recovering alcoholics does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Many will gladly help, but it's important for the light bulb to really want to change.

links added today: Alcohol; Addictions

Dark Alcohol
"This is a short web page to tell you my personal struggle (or enjoyment!) of being a bit of a dependent alcoholic several years ago, but now trying to remain sober and sane":
Dark Alcohol

BBC Health: Addictions
"Addiction is a complex problem, affecting not only the physical and mental health of individuals, but also their families and social environment. Here, we look at some of the key issues":
BBC Health: Addictions