Sobriety

When Are You Too Old to Get Sober

Pop was an old man when he died. He was 83. I still miss him. I'm 61. Pop had over 50 years sobriety behind him when he passed. He was a co-founder of the Twelve Step Group in the little Virginia mountain town where I grew up.

Because of him, I lived and breathed AA as a kid. We said grace every night before dinner, and once the food was blessed, we flowed unimpeded into the...
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Disability and the Affects on Your Sobriety & Mental Health



Substance abuse and addiction are often qualifying events for someone to receive disability benefits. Social security recognizes that using illicit substances and being addicted to alcohol can trigger medical and mental conditions that won’t be reversed simply by not abusing substances.

When a person achieves sobriety and begins a program of recovery, they are often listed as having a disability by state agencies.

Living with a disability takes a heavy...
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Staying Sober In Spite of Having an Impulse Control Disorder

An impulse is a sudden urge to act. Often, impulsivity causes little harm. At other times impulsive behavior can be intense, out of the ordinary and uncontrollable.

For people new to sobriety, life can be challenging enough. An impulse control issue just makes recovery that much harder — but there is help.

Impulse control disorder, ICD, is a serious condition that can be harmful to the person with the condition as well as those around them. Often,...
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What Happens When Physicians Lose Their Sobriety

When California medical doctor Scott Greer submitted hair and urine samples to a Medical Board of California's investigator, lab tests found signs of opiates and oxycodone — but no signs of alcohol.

A year later Greer was put on probation for seven years. His license hung in the breeze for 30 days and he consented to constraints including submitting to routine, random alcohol and drug testing.

Two young children died in 2003 after being killed...
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