InTheRooms.com – Where The World Joins Together In Recovery

There was a time when my recovery was confined to 12 step meetings in my own home group in my own little town, in my own corner of the world. That corner of the world would be Ireland, for those of you who have no idea who I am. Initially I didn’t really notice that the recovery rooms I frequented were full of the same faces with the same stories day after day. So eager was I to “get it” that I spent every ounce of energy I possessed soaking up what all these remarkable people had to say. What I heard was solid, unwavering recovery at its very best. I am blessed with my recovery fellowship and my first introduction to 12 step programs was so spiritually based that it has enabled me to end my love affair with every self sabotaging behavior – except for drinking too much… Continue reading

Your Tribe Is Waiting – By Jeanne Foot

The hardest challenge I faced when I entered early sobriety was figuring out where I fit in. You may think I’m joking, but for me, something that fundamental was so difficult to decode and understand. I was caught between two lifestyles; being a party girl, and trying to remain social, but without the drugs and alcohol. I honestly didn’t feel like I fit in anywhere, making the isolation I felt exponentially more real and raw. “I was willing to do anything not to feel the way I was feeling.” I dove into the 12 Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, as that’s what I was told would work. I went to meetings because I was so desperate and the truth was, there weren’t any other solutions offered to me. I was willing to do anything not to feel the way I was feeling. My depression and anxiety rose quickly, the more clean time I gained. I felt like I was… Continue reading

New Gamblers Anonymous Meeting on InTheRooms

I’m Dustin, and this is an extremely important endeavor for me because this is something that is very close to my heart. Gambling took a toll on my life and those around me for over 8 years. My family, my friends, my coworkers, my wife, my child all suffered from my addiction. For many years I didn’t even realize that I was hurting anyone let alone myself. I saw it as just a little fun and a little action or excitement. As the debt mounted and my gambling continued to spiral out of control I was finally confronted with the fact that I did have a serious problem. I finally succumbed to the gambling addiction and checked myself into rehab. After weeks of rehab, years of counseling, and GA meetings I have developed a deeper understanding of my addiction, a greater sense of my higher power and faith, and a… Continue reading

Anna David – I United To Face Addiction

Originally posted on Rehab Reviews When you’re gathering with thousands of sober folks, relatives of addicts and others who just care about the recovery cause, you don’t know what to expect. Or let me rephrase: I had no idea at all what to expect. I am not, by any means, a political activist. It’s safe to say I have never gathered with any large group of people except at concerts. And I couldn’t seem to find out a great deal of information about the event ahead of time. The first time someone asked me if I was going a few months ago, in fact, I said something along the lines of, “Look, I don’t gather.” But then the information seeping out about the event seemed to snowball: Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli would be speaking! Sheryl Crow and Steven Tyler were performing! Comedians Tig Notaro and Bill… Continue reading