Study finds that drinking is more contagious than thought | Addiction Under 30

Psych Central: April 30, 2014 – Drinking is Even More Contagious Than You Thought | Addiction Under 30.



ACLU sues to halt Florida’s ban on recognition of out-of-state gay marriages

LGBTQ Nation: April 30, 2014 – ACLU asks court to halt Fla. ban on recognition of out-of-state gay marriages – LGBTQ Nation.


April 30, 2014 – Step by Step

serenity prayer, 9Step by Step
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Today, I’ll use a novel tactic: instead of an alcoholic, I’ll be a soberholic. If “alcoholic” calls attention to the fact that I am addicted to alcohol, can’t “soberholic” state my addiction to sobriety? Arguably, despite the progress of AA in striking down the image of the alcoholic as the down-and-out’er sleeping in alleys or drying out in a flophouse, a jail’s drunk tank or mental hospital, a stigma remains. Might I be able to erode that stigma by labeling my addiction sobriety instead of alcohol? If so, maybe the implication that my addiction is sobriety can renew my self-confidence and weaken any temptation or lingering doubt about drinking again. As someone addicted to sobriety, why do I need alcohol? Today, at the risk of angering those who warn against trading one addiction for another, I’ll substitute dependence on alcohol to dependence on sobriety. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2014

April 30, 2014 – Twenty-Four Hours a Day

serenity prayer 5Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 
AA Thought for the Day 
The AA program is one of faith because we find that we must have faith in a Power greater than ourselves if we are going to get sober. We’re helpless before alcohol, but when we turn our drink problem over to God and have faith that He can give us all the strength we need, then we have the drink problem licked. Faith in that Divine Principle in the universe which we call God is the essential part of the AA program. 
Is faith still strong in me? 
Meditation for the Day
Each one of us is a child of God, and as such, we are full of the promise of spiritual growth. A young person is like the springtime of the year. The full time of the fruit is not yet, but there is promise of the blossom. There is a spark of the Divine in every one of us. Each has some of God’s spirit which can be developed by spiritual exercise. Know that your life is full of glad promise. Such blessings can be yours, such joys, such wonders, as long as you develop in the sunshine of God’s love.
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may develop the divine spark within me. I pray that by so doing I may fulfill the promise of a more abundant life.
Hazelden Foundation

April 30, 2014 – A Day at a Time

serenity prayer 3A Day at a Time
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Reflection for the Day
We’re taught in The Program that “faith without works is dead.” How true this is for the addicted person. For if an addicted person fails to perfect or enlarge his or her spiritual life through work and self-sacrifice for others, s/he can’t survive the certain trials and low spots ahead. If s/he doesn’t work, s/he’ll surely return to his or her addiction; and if s/he returns to addiction, s/he’ll likely die. Then faith will be dead indeed.

Do I believe, through my faith, that I can be uniquely useful to those who still suffer?

Today I Pray
May my faith in my Higher Power and in the influence of The Program be multiplied within me as I pass it along to others who are overcoming similar addictions. May I be certain that my helping others is not simply repaying my debts, but it is the only way I know to continue my spiritual growth and maintain my own sobriety.

Today I Will Remember
The more faith I can give, the more I will have.

Hazelden Foundation