Podcast Discussion about TSM and Blogging.

My Latest Alcoholism Recovery Podcast

Here is another podcast done over Skype, for my site www.alcoholism-recovery-radio.com which features Gary who was also part of the Podcast about “The Sinclair Method” with Dr Roy Eskapa. Gary was the person who introduced me to Dr Eskapa and has also helped me with posts about the Sinclair Method such as the one I wrote for www.Addiction.com . Gary has just started a new blog here http://freepigeonpress.com which will contain pieces about his recovery as well as other things that interest him such as his cartoons.

Here is one about Bill Wilson that he gave to me.

Bill Wilson Cartoon.

 

Blogging in Alcoholism Recovery

Like myself Gary has taken part in online discussions about recovery and has experienced good and bad sides to this. I feel that many who frequent message boards such as “The Fix” or in the past on “The Orange Papers forum”  (which has now more or less died, after the site owner finally banned most of his users), are out to troll others and are not interested in helping people recover. We have both spent time looking at “Anti AA sites” which many people do when they decide to leave “alcoholics Anonymous”, and although these sites do make some valid points we have both decided that it is best to move on. They are not a healthy online environment to stay in for long, and I feel that books such as The Sober Truth give a much more rational opinion about the pros and cons of the 12 step world.

The Sinclair Method

We also discuss some of the incorrect information that has been posted online about The Sinclair Method, and Gary talks about sites such as the C Three Foundation. We also talk about the pros and cons of counselling. We are not professionals, just two people who have changed our lives by beating alcoholism. We have  a lot in common but have taken vastly different approaches to achieve sobriety, which I feel makes for an interesting discussion. Often people are just shunted towards 12 step groups, but as our experiences prove, there are other ways that can help and that we feel are better.

Here is the Podcast.

 

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  1. It was really fun chatting with you, Michael – we must do this again soon.

    Just regarding the whole subject of trolling – I find the topic of what has become known as the internet disinhibition effect (or online disinhibition effect, depending upon your preference) to be a really fascinating one, just because – let’s face it – it’s essentially a relatively new abberant phenomenon.

    I Just recently watched an excellent TED lecture that Monica Lewinsky gave on the subject in which she recounts how 20 odd years ago she was pretty much “patient zero” when it comes to casualties of cyber-bullying: https://www.ted.com/talks/monica_lewinsky_the_price_of_shame?language=en

    Recommended.

    Anyway, once again, it was great chatting. I’m really enjoying your blog! (It’s become one of my most revisited bookmarks 🙂 ).

    • Thanks again Gary for takig part and hope we talk soon. I agree trolling is an important issue especially in recovery. I wrote this piece a long time ago in response to some poor behaviour by some members of the orange papers forum. http://www.recoveringfromrecovery.com/internet-addiction-trolling-recovering-substance-addiction-problems/
      It was mention in a post on the women from sobriety site that has also had some issues and was visited thousnads of times earlier in the year. At one point it was getting about 500 views a day. It has also been posted in an AA chatroom which also resulted in a large number of visits over a week.

      Monica, who has made the film about problems in AA, has had problems with trolls, with the worst coming from the orange forum, from people who I would have expected to support her film.

      If you setup a blog and are critical of people, you can expect this type of behaviour, but thankfully wordpress has plenty of tools available these days to remove abusive commenting. I only have 4 people who have comented on this blog in the past, blocked form automatic commenting. That is because people know I will ignore them and so I do not respond to the idiots on other sites. Ignoring them frustrates them, and they simply make themselves look stupid.

      Good luck with your blog and your move!

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