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Recovery Comedy is Proud to Present David Kleinberg November 28, 2009

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David Kleinberg is a native of San Francisco who was an editor and writer
at the San Francisco Chronicle for 34 years, and was editor of the Sunday
Datebook the last 14 years. He is a comedian who has appeared with Robin
Williams, Dana Carvey; Richard Lewis and Sinbad. He is currently working on
a one-person autobiographical performance piece titled, “Dad, Comics Are
Just People Who Can’t Afford Therapy.” He has performed two parts of the
work — “Vietnam Revisited” and “The Command Module” — at the Marsh
Theater in San Francisco.

BOOK David Kleinberg

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Meet the Creator of Serenity Sacs! November 24, 2009

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Hi guys. My name is Rhonda and I live in Northern Kentucky. I’m a wife of 27 years and have a 22 year old son (the light of my life!).

Serenity Sac

A bit about Serenity Sacs……I have been clean and sober for 3+ years and am extremely active in a 12 step program. While in treatment, I learned of a God Box. We were told to write our problems, fears and anything else we were powerless over on a piece of paper and put it in our God Box. Some stuff you just have to trust God to take care of. This past Christmas, I wanted to make something for my sponsees. Somehow this idea popped into my head. I had no intention of ever selling them, but then a girl at work just “had” to have some. Here it is November and I’m still cranking. I feel this talent of mine (never sewed before in my life) is God given and that it’s his way of letting me give back and help increase his childrens’ reliance on him.

Until next time, you can find me at the sewing machine!



Holiday Tips for Twelve Steppers November 17, 2009

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Staying Sober and Sane Through The Holidays

 The holidays have a way of affecting us all. It can be subtle or very direct. The pace increases in our lives and the events become plentiful. Being able to enjoy the holidays is a goal I strive for every year. So what have I learned with 18 sober holidays under my belt?


1. Don’t let meetings take a back seat. If an event is in conflict make sure you have an alternative meeting to pick up.

2. This is a great time of year to practice NOT people pleasing. Do what you can and feel comfortable with. No explanations needed.

3. Come late leave early. This is a favorite of mine and cuts out much of the emotional baggage that can accumulate at a function.

4. Keep literature in the car with reinforcing pages marked. If your not ready to leave take five and read something that will help you stay connected.

5. Remind yourself of the true meaning of the holidays. Whatever you celebrate ~ key into the spiritual and try to flush the commercial.

6. Allow a few moments extra to slow down before holiday tasks such as shopping, cleaning, entertaining, decorating etc. Key in on that spiritual aspect again.

7. Don’t forget to HALT (Hungry Angry Lonely Tired.)  Basic needs can get skipped in all the hub bub. Again slow down for a few minutes to make sure your needs are met ~ including meetings.

8. Get out that gratitude list ~ remember how it use to be ~ share your ESH if you are having trouble remembering.

9. Attend a sober activity instead of a function that may be too much too soon.

10. If the best you can do is not use ~ that is HUGE and should not be dismissed ~ that can be the BIGGEST gratitude you will ever have. Let all other aspects of the Holidays take the back seat.

11. Stay close to meetings, sponsors, support and counselors ~ pick up a commitment ~ you may not be aware of the effects the Holidays could be having on you.

12. Finally don’t forget the many alkathons that are held during this time of year. Find out where they are and put the information in your wallet.

written by Gwen R.


Recovery Swag November 12, 2009

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Recovery Swag specializes in Recovery, 12-Step, and Fellowship Gifts & Merchandise. We carry a large and unique selection of gifts, including T-Shirts, Women’s T-Shirts, Purses, Buttons, Magnets, Jewelry, Key Chains, Purse Holders, Cuff Links, Hats, and much more.

Stop by and see the updated site with a new look and 100’s of new products!



Recovery Universe November 8, 2009

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Recovery Universe is going on it’s 5 year of serving online recovery to suffering alcoholics and addicts worldwide.

The idea for Recovery Universe was born in a treatment facility in Atlanta, Georgia. I spent 110 days there and got really close with a few people there that I wanted to keep in touch with after treatment. I was a application developer and did not know too much web programming at the time but I made the commitment to setting up a video chat room that my friends and I could use to keep in touch after we all got home. Ironically this never ended up happening but something even more exciting transpired. In February of 2004 Recovery Universe launched still with the intention of only being for a few friends. By the late summer of 2004 RU had over 500 members and the forums and chat rooms were growing fast.

In 2005 RU underwent its 1st real transformation since the inception. This is the version that adapted the popular logo that has been used since. The colors of the site have always reamained the same (blue and tan) but the site has undergone 4 major overhauls. 

By 2006 the site was running strong and I was getting emails daily thanking me for providing a safe and clean place for people to share their experience, strength, and hope online. This reinforced in me the reasons I started the site to begin with and made me more active than ever in the site itself. 

By 2008 things had been up and down. Good times and bad times and I had all but stepped out of using it as a tool for myself and more just hid behind the scenes and worked on improving the site. 2008 was a rough year for me and I had stepped away completely as I got a new job and supported my wife while she began going to alanon. I needed the time to work on myself and get things right in my life. The computer was just simply taking too much of my time. 

2009 is now here and my life has seemed to settle somewhat. I am getting a good balance going in my life and have returned to RU with newly aquired web programming skills and a strong desire to use Recovery Universe as an outlet for my programming hobby. What you see now is a compilation of 5 years of hard work and dedication to Recovery Universe. It is a safe clean enviroment for people to share. The people I have met and memories I have from this website are priceless. I hope to be alot more involved in the site in the future and will do my best to make sure that the doors of Recovery Universe stay open for the newcomer.

So please enjoy yourself and come share your experience, strength, and hope with us…

Yours in Recovery,


VISIT and JOIN Recovery Universe


November Blog of the Month November 2, 2009

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Naked Daze with Dave

Why the name “Naked Daze?” When I surrendered I became exposed and all the evil was stripped away… Then for the first time in my life, I was free to explore… Anyway it’s a new blog! Which hopefully gives a better experience for everyone. There are some posts on the old blog which I want to save so bear with me as I cross everything over… Thanks