Lookback on 2015 on the Alcoholism Recovery Blogs.

Lookback on 2015 on the Alcoholism Recovery Blogs.


I decided to do a podcast on alcoholism-recovery-radio.com to look at the good and bad things that I have covered on the www.recoveringfromrecovery.com 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.

I hope everyone has a great Christmas and New Year and a successful 2016.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 17:20h, 28 December Reply

    Interesting look back over the year! I have only just left AA and discovered this world of different ideas regarding recovery. This look back has been fun for me, since much of what you discussed on the podcast, I have just learned within the last month or so. I really enjoy the balanced perspective you and Jon offer. If Jon does any Skeptics in the Pub talks in Scotland or in the North, please share. It would be majorly cool to meet people in similar situations in real life. Thanks for another good podcast. Happy New Year!

    • Michael D
      Posted at 08:40h, 29 December Reply

      Hi Nancy, Jon does do talks all over the country and I think he has been to Scotland. He was in Liverpool recently as well I believe. One of them was recorded recently and I will put it on the site when it is on Youtube. Happy New Year.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 14:27h, 12 January Reply

    Thanks, Michael. Happy new year and thanks for all you do!

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