My Sober Summer is Almost Over… What’s next?

Summer is almost over and that means that your resolve may soon be tested. Summer is one of the best times to get sober, as you’re often away from the environments that previously stressed you out. But when you go back to school or just back to a regular schedule and head into the holidays, it can become more difficult. Planning out a program, making a fall schedule or having a course of action for yourself can really set you up to win. Here are some tips for welcoming the end of the summer. Continue reading

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Reasons Why Addiction is a Disease NOT a Choice

It can often seem as though addiction is a choice that people make. After all, didn’t they choose to do the substance or behavior that they’re now addicted to? Aren’t they choosing to continue using? But this is a simple view of something very complex. Many people try drugs or alcohol throughout their lives. But not everyone gets addicted. Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain—they change its structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long-lasting and can lead to the harmful behaviors seen in people who abuse drugs. Continue reading

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Can a Gambling Addict Ever Bet Responsibly?

A gambling addict, also known as a pathological gambler, compulsive gambler or gambling disorder—is an impulse-control disorder. If you’re a compulsive gambler, you can’t control the impulse to gamble, even when it has negative consequences for you or your loved ones. You’ll gamble whether you’re up or down, broke or flush, and you’ll keep gambling regardless of the consequences. Continue reading

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Sincere Ways to Offer Condolences to Someone Experiencing Grief

Offering someone condolences after a loss isn’t easy or comfortable, but it is one of the most human things that you can offer — your sincere feelings of empathy. There are plenty of things not to say during this difficult and emotional time, but how can you find exactly the right words that will be well-received without adding to their pain? Here are some ideas of ways to communicate your willingness to be there in their time of need and comfort your friends or relatives as best you can.  Continue reading

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“Say the Second Thing” Book Signing Event


Say the Second Thing

By Johnny W. Allem



Wednesday, July 25, 4:00 – 7p

8730 Santa Monica Blvd, B – West Hollywood, 90069

310 623 1702

“Say the Second Thing” furnishes proven, realistic and thoughtful “tools” to address daily situations people face in early addiction recovery (first three years). Each essay focuses on an effective strategy for maintaining and growing recovery in challenges to an individual’s mind, body and spirit. These tools can be learned and practiced methodically or indexed for specific challenges. They are “suggestions” conveyed in a contemporary voice of an experienced helper.


Johnny Allem

A leading recovery advocate in the modern era

  • 2016 recipient of the William L. White Lifetime Achievement Award of Faces and Voices of Recovery.
  • Featured in ANONYMOUS PEOPLE, Greg William’s 2015 film celebrating the vitality and importance of the addiction recovery movement and its power to change minds.
  • Founder and President of Aquila Recovery Clinic, a cutting edge, outpatient addiction health facility in Washington, DC.
  • A Founder and original Board Member of Faces and Voices of Recovery.
  • Author in 2004 of “Seven Policies to Cure Addiction In Our Lifetime.”
  • Trustee for 12 years of Stepping Stones Foundation, maintaining the home and messages of Bill and Lois Wilson in Bedford Hills, NY.
  • Former President of Johnson Institute, featuring the pioneering work of Vernon Johnson, credited with “raising the bottom” for people entering recovery.
  • Practicing recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction since March, 1982.
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How Do We Talk to Our Kids About Drugs and Alcohol?

These days, young children are exposed to conflicting messages about drugs and alcohol from an early age. In some cases, drugs and alcohol are glorified as being fun and exciting, while at other times, they are condemned for being unhealthy and dangerous. Children are remarkably impressionable, especially when they are young, so you want to ensure that your little one takes away the right message about substance abuse. Here’s how to help your kids understand the possible dangers of drugs and alcohol.  Continue reading

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How to Find a Good, Affordable Rehab Program

Making the decision to enter rehab to battle your addiction is an incredible milestone in of itself, so congratulations are in order for choosing to embrace sobriety and a new to live. However, many rehab facilities are incredibly expensive, making it difficult for those who don’t have unlimited funds to get the treatment they need. Fortunately, you have numerous affordable, or even free, options available to you.

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My 12 Step Store Hosts Book Signing in West Hollywood

My 12 Step Store Hosts Book Signing in West Hollywood

We are pleased to have you join us for our first book singing of the summer. Our half indoor, half outdoor book signing is a lovely way to start the summer right with joyful recovery.
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Tasty Treats That Will Make a Big Splash at Your July 4th Event

Summertime is a fun time, and the 4th of July is the perfect opportunity to celebrate togetherness and freedom. This summer, you will be the hit of the party when you show up with these delicious recipes. From light and delicious food to colorful and refreshing drinks, you are sure to find something to enjoy in these recipes. Continue reading

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Tips for Traveling Sober

Traveling is a great way to see the world, broadening your horizons and exposing you to different cultures and ways of life. However, it can also present unique challenges to your sobriety, especially if you are new to sober living. To help ensure your next trip is a success, follow these tips.  Continue reading

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