Guy came into A.A. and had a stretch of sobriety. He felt he had his addiction under control and that he "was in the clear". He tried crystal meth when it was offered to him and it seems innocuous. It was a sexual drug for gay men, so he thought he'd try it to increase his sexuality. When he did crystal meth it seemed to make his life more manageable, not less. It also intensified his emotions. But crystal meth turned on him in a very short time.
Hear Guy's unbelievable story of how he got down to 138 pounds. Eventually, he realized he was addicted to "intensity" of any kind, and he had no way to manage it. It was then that he "spiraled into hell", and found a way back in the rooms of Crystal Meth Anonymous.
He grew up in the 1970's and drank and did drugs with his friends, however, he was always able to stop before things got out of hand. With Crystal Meth he was unable to stop. He felt "normal" on crystal meth because he had undiagnosed ADD. He was in his early 40's before it was discovered. On Crystal meth, his world "imploded". He eventually took crystal meth intravenously. It's all he did and thought about. His world became very small.
Eventually, he hit rock bottom and knew he had to get sober. He didn't show up for work for 3 days. His co-workers called the police. He still wasn't ready to stop. He also realized he had a sexual addiction. He knew he needed help as he "blew through $40,000." Someone recommended that he attend a 12 step meeting, and he did. It was there he began "his road to recovery" and has, miraculously, been sober since.
Artie Lange, actor, comedian, talk show host, and best known for his escapades on the Howard Stern Show reveals how he came back from rock bottom. He was one of the most successful comedians in the country at the time, selling out theaters and reaching millions of listeners a day as Howard Stern's sidekick. But a little a year over after the book, Too Fat To Fish, came out, Lange stabbed himself in the stomach nine times while deep in the throes of heroin addiction. He wouldn't appear on a comedy stage for the next year and a half, and to this day he hasn't stepped foot back inside Howard Stern's studio. Hear Artie's terrifying and fascinating story straight from his new book, Crash and Burn, about how he finally found peace in his life, and what he does on a daily basis to stay sober.
GAVIN MACLEOD, Actor and TV fave, Captain Stubing on The Love Boat, and Murray Slaughter on the Mary Tyler Moore show. Gavin MacLeod talks about his career and his new autobiography, This Is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith & Life, and his battles with depression and near-suicide and with alcoholism that led to him quitting cold turkey in 1974. Hear Gavin’s inspirational story of how he transformed his life, and how he stayed sober for 39 plus years. His life has taken one incredible turn after another, and he has come out on top. That's why he shares his incredible story of experience, strength, and hope with our audience.
He was what you call a "double winner"--a person involved in two fellowships. Andrew was an alcoholic and the adult child of an alcoholic. His dad was a psychiatrist and always "knew what was best for the family"--or so he thought.
He was a child of divorce and would go back and forth between the two of them. Each parent thought the other parent was "evil" and let Andrew know that. This caused him a tremendous amount of anxiety. When he first drank, he was able to "block out all the negative feelings brought on by his parents". Eventually, the drinking and drugs turned him into a high school dropout who was kicked out of his families' home. But life, with it's twists and turns, changed for Andrew. Click here to listen to his incredible story of inspiration and transformation.
Ron grew up in a “normal” household. His parents were not drinkers—they drank “normally”. His dad was a pharmacist and confided in him that he smoked pot, but never wanted to smoke it again. Ron was introduced to alcohol at an early age, and he liked the feeing it gave him. Once he started drinking, he smoked pot, and became a “burn out”. His mom came down hard on him. She was worried because her brother committed suicide in an asylum from his addiction. His parents sent him to counseling. Eventually, his parents told him he had to leave the house or go to a rehab program. He was only 15 years old.
He went to a program based on his parents’ ultimatum. He went to A.A. when he was in rehab, and he liked the people and the attitude; however, he felt they didn’t “need him there”. That was refreshing to him because he "didn't want to let anyone down". He was Jewish and young in a church basement with old people, yet he loved the refreshingly honest people. One day he broke down in tears realizing he, too, had a problem and was able to “surrender” and get help. He got sober at 16 years old, and has been sober 21 spectacular years!
Francine came from a very alcoholic and drug addicted family with a lot of pain. She was the first person in her family to find recovery. She drank at 15, fell down in the street, and got scared. It felt very unsafe. But she liked that when she drank she wasn’t shy anymore. Her drinking continued that way all through college. Eventually she became a topless dancer. She got out of that business when she met her ex-husband. A guy she dated after she broke up with her husband told her she should look into her drinking, and that she should go to A.A meetings which she did, and it was there that a miracle occurred.
Known for his big left-hook and his imposing size, former World Champion boxer, Gerry Cooney, nicknamed "The Great White Hope", had his first paid fight in 1977. In 1981, he defeated former world heavyweight champion Ken Norton by a knockout just 54 seconds into the first round with a blisteringly powerful attack. The following year, Holmes agreed to fight him. With a purse of ten million dollars for the challenger, it was the richest fight in boxing history to that time. Cooney fought bravely after he was knocked down briefly in the second round.
Cooney was far past his prime when he made an ill-advised comeback against former world heavyweight and world light heavyweight champion Michael Spinks. Boxing carefully, with constant sharp counters, Spinks knocked him out in round 5. Cooney's last fight was in 1990.
Reva was raised in Europe in a family where her mom had a drinking problem, even though she never saw her mom drunk. When she was sober a few years, she realized her mom was an alcoholic. At 13, she tried to kill herself by taking 100 aspirins. She woke up and realized no one even noticed. She decided to live, but couldn't get out of her depression. She didn't start drinking until she was 21 years old when she "pretended" she was going to college in New York City. She was too afraid to go to classes. Instead she went to bars. Hear Reva's fascinating and frightening story of how alcohol became an obsession in her life, after she realized it was the only way to relieve her anxiety. Hear how she was able to turn her life around with the help and support of her 12 step group which she credits with her sobriety.
Like many women, Petra thought love was "taking care of someone". She always picked men who "needed rescuing". Petra's boyfriend was an alcoholic, and she thought he was the only man she could ever love. Yet she could not "fix" him. Hear Petra's unbelievable story how her absorption with "care-taking" almost sent her over the edge, and how she found her way back in the rooms of Alanon.on.
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