Lookback on the year in Alcoholism Recovery Blogging
I decided to do a podcast to look at the good and bad things that I have covered on the blog and talk to Jon Stewart about what he has been up to. Generally I feel that it has been a good year and that people are getting the message out about modern methods that can help people recover. There have been several articles in the mainstream press that have questioned the effectiveness of AA. One was the recent article about Jon Stewart in the Observer, which we talked about in other Podcasts and another was in the Atlantic by Gabrielle Glasser who I met in the summer. I think it is great that people are saying that AA is not the only way and that there are modern approaches such as the Sinclair Method that can help so many people.
Deaths in 2015
We mention the sad passing of Dr David Sinclair who has done so much research to help those of us who have been affected by alcoholism, and who has managed to find a solution that can help about 80 % of people who use the method correctly. I hope more treatment centres make use of his ideas. We also talk about the sad suicide of Audrey Kishline, who again helped many in the recovery community by setting up moderation management. She is missed by many people and her death shows how we all need to be on our guard when depression strikes.
Talks and Films:
We also talk about the talks that Jon has given at various venues which are well worth watching, and he also said that a recording should be put up on the web soon on YouTube. Another good thing that has happened in the last year are some films which show the dangers of addiction such as the documentary about Amy Winehouse and also the film that Monica Richardson made called the 13th Step which has won awards in America and was well received in London. We discuss some of the issues brought up in the film, and also where we feel it should be shown in the future.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
I hope everyone has a good Christmas and New Year and continues through 2016 in a positive way. Many find the Holiday period quite stressful,especially those in early recovery but it is a part of the year I now really enjoy. AA groups often have special meetings over the Holiday period, including Christmas day and Smart Recovery offers online meetings. C3 Europe are also offering counselling services about the Sinclair Method. Stay safe and enjoy yourself! I will be back in the New year!