Daily Resource for Recovery
William Cope Moyers, author of the acclaimed memoir
Broken, has developed
A New Day, A New Life, a guided journal and DVD designed to assist individuals through the “one day at a time” living that is characteristic of early recovery. Moyers, who directs the
Hazelden Center for Public Advocacy, developed the resource to serve not as a substitute for a structured treatment program, but as a handbook to assist individuals on the start of their road to long-term sobriety.
The journal and DVD are based on both 12-Step principles and addiction science, and are designed to serve as a closely held resource for individuals’ everyday challenges.
Funding Boost for Nonprofits
Nonprofit organizations have the opportunity to affiliate with a search engine and an online shopping site in which users automatically raise funds for charitable groups. More than 60,000 nonprofits have partnered with the
Yahoo-powered search engine
GoodSearch.com and the online shopping mall
GoodShop.com. A penny is donated to charity each time the search engine is used, and a percentage of the purchase prices for items sold at the online shopping site (featuring several major online retailers) supports nonprofits as well. In neither case does the consumer incur an extra charge for using the online services. “The response to this idea has truly been overwhelming,” says Ken Ramberg, co-founder of GoodSearch. “More than 100 new nonprofits and schools register daily and GoodSearch and GoodShop are helping to make a difference in communities across the country.”
Online Recovery Community
Andrew Ogren, a 24-year-old in recovery from alcoholism, has established
SoberSocial.com, an online recovery community. SoberSocial.com is the first project of 5to9MEDIA, a company designed to establish a significant online presence in the recovery community. As of late July about 5,000 people in recovery were using the site, which features chat rooms, blogs, and a national directory of 12-Step meetings.
The free site also includes articles on health-related topics, videos, and expert talks on recovery topics. A Sober Time Calculator gives members a running account of the length of time they have been substance-free. “SoberSocial has helped me to realize that sobriety has only just begun opening doors to new, healthy, and exciting relationships,” says Ogren.
New Volume on Co-Dependency
An updated version of the book
Breaking Free of the Co-Dependency Trap was published this year by
New World Library. Written by Barry K. Weinhold, PhD, and Janae B. Weinhold, PhD, the book challenges prevailing medical wisdom on co-dependency and discusses the phenomenon as the result of early-life developmental trauma.
The authors present case histories and practical activities demonstrating that healing in their primary relationships is possible. They offer step-by-step guidance for identifying and then breaking free from destructive relationship patterns.