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The Sober Professor

It took a good amount of trial and error and accident before John Ayers could become the sober professor. It also took a bout of depression. Cocktails Anyone? Like many alcoholics, John C. Ayers found drink to be a great way to treat his anxiety. And he spent most of his high school and college years drinking accordingly. A part of him knew it wasn’t healthy though, and once Ayers “discovered his love of geochemistry,” he toned down the drinking…
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John Hood
John Hood, on October 20, 2020

Sober Success! Healing Properties Alum Chris Adams (Part 2)

Healing Properties alumnus Chris Adams is a bona fide sober success story. Not only has he been clean for over a decade, but he spent those 10 years getting married, fielding a family, earning two degrees plus launching a start-up, all the while holding down a full-time job. We ended Part One of our interview just as Chris received his MBA from UVA’s Darden School of Business and was in the middle of launching a start-up called SharpRank. As the…
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John Hood
John Hood, on October 15, 2020

Successful Sobriety! Healing Properties Alum Chris Adams

Few things say successful sobriety like a wife, a kid, a full-time job and a degree or two. Throw in a hotshot sports betting start-up and you’ve also got sobriety come true. So spins the sober life of Healing Property alumni Chris Adams! Chris used to “pride himself on the alcoholic badge” he wore. “I was a liquor drinker from the word go,” he said, “and I kept my foot on the pedal until I got sober.” That was 10…
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John Hood
John Hood, on October 14, 2020

Dax Shepard’s Honesty is By Far the Best Policy

Dax Shepard’s honesty apparently knows no bounds. First he came clean about his recent relapse. No easy feat, especially after 16 years of sobriety. Now the star actor is coming clean about why he came clean. And his words and his actions and his reasoning are inspiring for everyone. Dax Shepard’s Honesty By now you’ve heard the word on Dax Shepard’s relapsing after 16 years of sobriety. You may have even heard the word from Healing Properties. It wasn’t the…
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John Hood
John Hood, on October 12, 2020

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. The phrase is meant to be a warning, as well as a reminder. Do this or that happens. So it’s best not to do this. One Florida man apparently didn’t like the message though — so he drove right into it! Yep. It’s true. A Central Florida man was driving on Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte on August 30th around 12:30 am, when he suddenly came across one of those sign board trailers. There,…
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John Hood
John Hood, on October 9, 2020

Dax Shepard’s Relapse

Relapse. It’s not rare. It isn’t unusual. And it’s most certainly not something anyone should be ashamed of. So nobody should be flipping out about Dax Shepard’s relapse. Really. Sure relapses can be scary. Sometimes even dangerous. And we feel for the man. Wholeheartedly. But we’re not holding it against him. Neither should anyone else. Relapse isn’t a reflection on a person’s character. In fact, it afflicts nearly everyone in recovery. It can happen to a person who’s been sober…
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John Hood
John Hood, on October 2, 2020

Sober Home Heroes

A sober home might not be the first place people would look for heroes. Heck, to some folks even the phrase Sober Home Heroes sounds like an oxymoron. But as the town of Brockton, Massachusetts recently found out, sober homes do indeed also house heroes. The Making of Two Sober Home Heroes Monday, September 14, 2020 was just another day for the men who live in the sober home at 26 St Casimir Ave. Some of the luckier residents had…
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John Hood
John Hood, on September 28, 2020

The Sober Rolling Stones

Hard to imagine such a thing as a sober Rolling Stones. After all, the band has been synonymous with drinking and drugging since its inception. In fact, that’s what made them “the bad boys of rock ‘n roll” to begin with. It’s also largely what made them legends. But as a new documentary makes clear, a sober Rolling Stones is a thing. A real thing. And it seems each and every member is wholeheartedly happy with the band’s new unified,…
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John Hood
John Hood, on September 22, 2020

COVID Overdose: One Thing, Then Another, Now Both

COVID 19. If we’re not thinking about it or talking about it or hearing about it, we’re doing our best to prevent it. Every day in every way. So it’s no surprise to feel we’re in the midst of a worldwide COVID overdose. It’s also no surprise that All-COVID All-the-Time would spark an onslaught of another type of overdose. Nor that those numbers are rising by the hour. We’re talking about drug overdoses. U.S. stats are indeed alarmingly high. They’re…
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John Hood
John Hood, on September 21, 2020

How AA Beats the Pandemic

Alcoholics Anonymous is already renowned for helping people beat addiction to drink and drugs. But did you know AA beats the pandemic too? It’s true. Of course, you’ve got to do your part of course. You’ve got to keep doing it too. But the evidence is clear: AA beats the pandemic. Period. The Secret Weapon I Won’t Drink Today, and I Won’t Get the Virus Today (repeat) It’s not too difficult to picture an AA member muttering such a mantra….
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John Hood
John Hood, on September 15, 2020

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