Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Fix: Addiction and Recovery, Straight Up
Best of the Week:
February 28–March 6
COMING UP IN THE FIX// Baltimore, Heroin Capital of the US * Recovery Burnout* Drug Treatment Moguls * Marianne Williamson Interview * Addiction Triggers *Food Wars * Google Breaks Bad * 10 Lessons I Learned from my Relapses *Directing Butterflies * PLUS: Other incisive articles
HIGH LIFE// Trouble in Paradise—The State of Addiction in Hollywood
[The industry makes] it harder for them to recover by coddling talent so they keep working. Everyone wants the next cut of a check, everyone wants the project to succeed.
By John Lavitt
ALTERNATIVES// How to Dig for the Deeper Meaning in Substance Use
There's more than one way to practice addiction psychotherapy.
By Judy Levitz PhD
SPIRITUALITY// The Buddha and Bill W.
AA is often accused of being a Christian cult, but it has a lot more in common with Buddhism than many may realize.
By Regina Walker
Q&A// Interviewing the Interviewer—Kevin Sessums
The Fix Q&A with celebrity journalist Kevin Sessums on his terrific memoir I Left It On The Mountain, A-listers, homelessness, crystal meth and reinvention.
By William Georgiades
LIVING SOBER// Confessions of a People Pleaser
If I'm a people pleaser, then why are other people somehow often displeased with me?
By Juliet Abram
Texas Republican Lawmaker Uses Bible To Argue Pro-Pot Campaign
Study Says One Glass of Wine Makes You Hotter
Man Arrested For Sending Inmates Drug-Soaked Mail
NYPD Commissioner Blames Colorado's Legal Pot With Rise In NY Shootings
Madonna Wants To Teach Her Kids 'Moderate' Drug and Alcohol Use
Alcoholic Russian Bears Are Getting Help at Romanian Rehab
This week, Juliet Abram shared how to know if you arebecoming a people pleaser at cost to yourself. One reader thanked Abrams for her advice:
Great article, Juliet! And I'm sorry about what happened to you. I was raped in fairly early sobriety by a boyfriend and, because we were living together, didn't even see it as such until years later. But I WAS blamed by a woman in the program for being raped before when I was drunk. Anyway, I'm glad you're doing better. I am going to write down those 5 questions. I think they could be helpful to anyone. One thing they say in AA is to never say no to an AA request. Of course, that is ridiculous and just sets us up to be taken advantage of and abused. It also seems that people in AA are entertained by the thought of us being "bad." In turn, in order to please them, this causes many of us to actually boast about our bad behavior. If we do this enough and keep getting approval for it, we may come to actually feel proud of it and find it harder to let go. I also remember that at the bigger meetings especially, they would only ask well-known, dynamic speakers to speak. It seemed more about entertainment than sharing.


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