Somebody Else: From Wannabe to Spinach to Kryptonite to Recovery – By Mark Masserant

Wannabe  I always wanted to be somebody else, right out of the chute. The notion sprouted in my head when I was a young boy—I wished I was my cousin. The one who lived on a farm with umpteen brothers and sisters, and tons of farm animals, too. Fun and excitement were routine at his house; the lucky bum had it made.  All I had was two crummy sisters and a mongrel dog that liked to hug my leg. At least the dang mutt was happy. I had even loftier goals as second grade approached—I dreamt of being the kid that all the girls adored. I don’t know what I would’ve done with all of them, but that’s who I wanted to be. A little Don Juan with Elvis Presley eyes and moves and a Mickey Mouse lunchbox. I wouldn’t have to pull pony tails and dash away to get… Continue reading

InTheRooms.com Documentary – Where it all began!

  This is the story of Ron Tannebaum, Kenny Pomerance, and InTheRooms.com, the largest online recovery community in the world. There’s nothing quite like this website, and if you’re looking for dedication, understanding and knowledge as well as personal experience regarding recovery from addiction, you will not find better than these guys. This documentary is an intimate behind the scenes introduction to what motivated and prompted these two gentlemen to create InTheRooms.com. I know you will enjoy it!   Continue reading

intherooms.com is TEN years old! – By Ken Pomerance/Mr Clean

It’s hard to believe, but InTheRooms.com is 10 years old this week!  A little over 10 years ago, I had an idea. My kids were very active on MySpace and on Facebook. I remember thinking, “wouldn’t it be great if there was a social network for people in recovery”? My good friend RT and I were wrapping up a marketing program at the time, looking for a new project, when I laid the idea on him. He immediately said, “Let’s do it!”. I thought he was being facetious, so I said, Hey, I’m serious about this”. His response was “So am I”! That’s how this started. We sat down an drew up lists of features that we wanted to see on this new Recovery site. We then transferred those lists on the back of RT’s daughter’s used science board (the original we still have today). I have to admit, that without RT, InTheRooms never would… Continue reading

Affected by a Loved One’s Addiction? “Prodependence” is a Must Read – Scott Brassart

 Dr. Robert Weiss is widely known for his therapeutic work and his books about addiction, in particular sex, porn, and love addiction. His latest book, Prodependence: Moving Beyond Codependency, is an extension of these efforts, focusing on the ways in which therapists (and the public) view and treat not just addicts, but spouses and family members of addicts. For more than three decades, the primary treatment and recovery model for loved ones of addicts has been codependence, which typically labels efforts to help an addicted or otherwise struggling loved one as enmeshed and enabling. Then, the caregiving family member is identified as codependent and told that he or she needs to “detach with love” or nothing will ever get better. To a person who loves and cares for an addict, the codependence model feels like they’re being blamed and shamed for someone else’s problem. And that doesn’t make a lot… Continue reading

San Vegas – By Denise M.

Often there’s a place I go Deep within my mind Not difficult to travel to Nor difficult to find Clearing head ‘n closing eyes All aboard these nightly trains Imagination clearly lies Where reality refrains Off to sun rain sand and fog Off to waves of gold Desert lights on flashy Strips Or Market streets of old She wears a youthful innocence He wears a timeless smirk Those two loved destinations Is where this brain doth lurk. You can surely find me here Red eye ticket seven nights Dreaming of my loved ones Delightful cherished flights. Your children are never far away From thoughts or daily deeds Take a midnight travel there Destination wishful dreams. Continue reading