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The 5 Stages of Every Party: Drunk vs. Sober

 The 5 Stages of Every Party: Drunk vs. Sober

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Every party goes through certain stages as the night wears on. Depending on whether you are sober or drinking, the 5 stages of every party can be quite different, however.

Stage 1: 9PM

Arrive / Meet and Greet

Although you are both sober at this point in the game, giving that no one has pre-gamed, this will look similar for both the sober and (soon-to-be) drunk person. You might scope out the scene, see who’s at the party and exchange greetings.

The 5 Stages of Every Party: Drunk vs. Sober

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Drunk Person:

The main difference here is that the non-sober person will most likely head straight for the drink station first. Gotta get that cup of liquid courage and brandish it like a social badge of honor, right? Somehow, holding a cup filled with an alcoholic beverage seems to make it easier to talk to people.

Stage 2: 10:30PM

Early Party Stage

For both the sober person and drunk person, the party is still in its early, gearing up stage. Time is probably going by pretty quickly as both are having a good time and getting to know new people and catching up with friends they already know.

Sober Person

You are probably noticing that the people who are drinking are a little more comfortable with invading personal space while engaging in conversation. You might feel a bit put off with the close proximity the drinking person’s face is to yours as you chat. You politely edge away a little so as to put some space between you the both of you.

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Drunk Person

What space? You will most likely continue to invade people’s comfort zones by leaning in more when they sit back further on the couch. You are already completely unaware of subtle and not-so-subtle social cues.

Stage 3: 12AM

Full Swing Stage

Sober Person

By now, you are probably attached at the hip to the only other sober person at the party. The two of you are being entertained by the others who are quite inebriated at this point. You might be interacting with them but you are definitely making fun of them along with your sober brother or sister.

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Drunk Person

You are completely engrossed in the game of beer pong you are playing. You might break away to go fill your cup or to use the bathroom for the 8th, 9th, or 10th time (of the 25 times you will have to pee throughout the night). You might initially intend to return to your round of beer pong but get distracted by someone or something on your way back from the bathroom.

Stage 4: 1:30AM

Winding Down Stage

Sober Person:

You are probably getting a little bored or tired at this point. Everyone else has been drinking and so they are much more easily entertained than you are. You find that most of your night consists of you checking in with your drunk friends, witnessing “deep” conversations about the meaning of life between two or more intoxicated people (which don’t make any sense), having true love professed to you, and maybe even playing peacekeeper between two easily angered, and easily confused drunk people.

The 5 Stages of Every Party: Drunk vs. Sober

Drunk Person:

You may have noticed that the time intervals are getting closer together. As the party wears on and drinking is involved, elapsed time is certainly different, especially if you are in an altered state of mind. Who are we kidding? You haven’t noticed sh*t. You’ve been a whirling haze of intoxicating for the last several hours. It probably feels like you’ve only been at the party for about 20 minutes when, in actuality, it’s been over 4 hours. You may notice that some people are beginning to say their good-byes. This saddens you. Someone will come say “bye” to you and you will belligerently ask them why they’re leaving so soon.

Stage 5: 2AM

Party End

Sober Person:

You’re ready to head home and turn in. You’re tired at this point. Now comes the fun: a little game we affectionately call “herding kittens.” If you’ve ever been Designated Driver before then you know this game. Trying to find your drunk friends and round them up so that you can drive them home can be an exercise in futility. You find one friend (friend A) and tell them to stay put while you look for friend B. You find friend B and bring them over to where you told friend A to stay and, A is gone! Now you must start the process of herding your drunk little kitten friends all over again.

The 5 Stages of Every Party: Drunk vs. Sober

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You are blacked out, passed out, or hugging the porcelain throne at this point. But, it was all worth it, right?

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Worst New Year’s Eve Ever: A Sobering Story

Worst New Year’s Eve Ever: A Sobering Story

The following is a true story of something that a friend of mine experienced in the early hours on New Year’s as told by him in his own words. I am grateful to know this man, Nicholas Corsalini, and grateful for his story. I acknowledge him for his honesty and vulnerability in sharing this.

I am so very tired. I cannot fall asleep again. I turn up the bass in my truck and cruise the final 4 miles on my interstate 95 trip to my doorstep. I am unknowingly on a collision path with destiny, my choices, and what it meant to be source. Long before I even knew what any of these things really meant.

I hear these loud noises buzzing by my ears. There it is again. It sounds like a siren. No that’s definitely a horn. I start to witness these red colors burning into the back of my eyelids, swirling around like a dancing watercolor painting. I crack open my eyes to realize that I am on the wrong side of the road separated by a thick 12 foot median that everyone in south Florida is accustomed to. My eyes dart up and out the windshield as I see a set of headlights directly in front of me. My heart races and the only thing I can do is close my eyes again. Nick you can avoid this, CHOOSE.

Silence. It’s a very unsettling feeling to be in the middle of a hurricane. The eye of the storm is a beautiful place to be. I have stood in a few hurricane “eyes” over my years in South Florida and this instance was eerily similar. I was alone in my head. I could tell my body hurt. I could hear glass slowly tumbling down the sides of my crumpled truck. I could smell the faint odor of gasoline and oil all around me. I open my eyes to witness my choices. When I swerved left I slammed into something. It was such a final impact it felt like a tree. I remember thinking exactly at the point of impact saying to myself, “I can’t believe you just hit a tree…”

Everything is fuzzy when I open my eyes. It’s still early morning maybe 6 am and the street lights are still on. I am in the middle of the street and I can’t make out shapes yet. I’ve been drinking all night and I just got in an accident. I am processing these fucking choices that I just can’t seem to avoid. How can they just be one bad choice after another? I get off felony probation in a week. I was facing 5-7 years in prison. I panic and adrenaline kicks into gear and my eyes focus. Everything outside of my truck is lit in an orange luminescence from the street light directly above me.

I didn’t hit a tree. At least any tree I recognize. It looked more like a mid-90’s minivan. And there was very extensive damage to our vehicles. I look down and see that my seatbelt was harnessed around my body. The sheer wonderment that filled me at that moment could have shifted mountains. I never wore it. It was uncool, uncomfortable and I thought I never would need it because I am the best driver that was ever born.

I look at my legs and the dashboard was pushed back by the sheer force of my 59 miles per hour hitting the other drivers 45 miles per hour combining for a 104 mph collision into a brick wall. This accident was head on and there were literally millimeters between my shin bone and the engine block being pushed far enough back that I would have lost my legs. I move my arms, my torso, my neck and everything seems to be in working order.

Now as I process things my automatic in these days were to run, hide and shift accountability to everyone other than myself. So I mustered all my strength as I pulled my legs out of the collapsed cabin of my Chevy S-10 I put myself in the passenger seat and passed back out in a heap of flesh. I just went through a traumatic soul crushing crash while hitting another car and still the only thing working in my brain was my survival context.

The next thing I recall is someone saying, “Are you ok? Where is the driver?” I slurred out, “I don’t know”. The firefighter or paramedic asked again. Asked for his name, and I said “Michael drove”. I actually thought this might work until three seconds later another man’s voice from behind me said, “There is no way anyone walked away from this accident…” At that point I knew it was bad. I passed back out.

I hear more crunching and tearing like I was watching a building fall around me. Glass was pouring down into my hair and face as I was dragged from the wreckage and then a breeze washed over me. It was so refreshing like this was all just a dream. I opened my eyes as they pulled me from my vehicle and the passenger door and roof was partially ripped off like a Campbell soup can. It landed moments later my accident was so bad that they used the “Jaws of Life” to release me from my metal prison. I laugh at the next moment because I remember me being on the stretcher and I had just bought this new $150.00 shirt from Burberry and I watched them pull out the sheers and cut it right down the middle and my mind was yelling “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” I pass back out.

I wake up in the X-ray room an hour later and the x-ray techs are yelling at me because it’s taken an hour to try to get a proper x-ray of me and I keep slouching and falling out of their chair. The exact moment they took the x-ray I sobered up as the police detectives came in. He was an older gentleman with a kind face. And he proceeded to question me about the accident. Me being the little shit I was responded with, “I want to see an attorney”. I must be the dumbest person alive quoting “Law and Order” from an ER room. The detective looked at me and with the kindest most trusting and authentic eyes I have ever seen tells me that he can only help me if I help him and I am honest. I was so torn, I was never that open, authentic, or in touch with what is meant to be in integrity.

Yet I still chose to be in shame and feel guilt for what had happened. And the fear of judgment and punishment had me stuck in my automatic of lying to get out of trouble. I was alerted to the fact my blood was on the driver’s side airbag and my shoe was still next to the brake pedal. It came off when I crashed or scooted myself into the other seat. I was trapped and pain was imminent.

At that moment, as I cried for the third time that I can remember, I made a choice to be real with him. So I confessed. The man I hit was in ICU for 5 days. I broke his ribs, punctured his lungs and put him in a coma for days. I have never reached out to him or his family. I almost killed him. I almost killed a man. I almost killed a brother.

As I write this I will do my first clearing on it.

This is what happened: I chose to drink and drive:

  • I hit a person and I almost killed him.

This is the story I made up about what happened:

  • I was mad at breaking up with my girlfriend. Got pissed drunk and was so tired from partying for so long that I was more just sleepy. I wasn’t that drunk. My friends do way worse.

These are the payoffs I get from my story about what happened:

  • I make bad decisions
  • I am an alcoholic
  • I am a horrible person
  • I almost killed someone and I am a monster
  • I have no soul

The prices I am paying for this story are:

  • I play the victim role
  • I play the not good enough role
  • That I am stupid and make bad decisions
  • Feeling bad about myself for my past
  • I hate myself

The new possibility I see in relationship with myself are:

  • Loving myself no matter what I have done
  • Trusting myself
  • Being authentic
  • Being in integrity

I declare that I will shed all past beliefs and stories and love myself for who I am presently today.

If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.

The 10 Best Palm Partners Blogs of 2013

The 10 Best Palm Partners Blogs of 2013

As the year comes to a close, let’s take a look at 2013 in blogs. Here, we count down to the best blog of the year in this list of the 10 best Palm Partners blogs of 2013 as chosen by you, our dedicated readers!

#10: Natasha Lyonne Channels Her Inner Junkie on ‘Orange is the New Black’

Lyonne stars in the Netflix’s smash hit “Orange is the New Black,” which premiered in July. The critically acclaimed show is already garnering a very large following.

“I certainly think that my personal experience gave me a lot of access to my character’s internal world,” Lyonne tells The Post. “She’s not too different from me. She comes from a pretty good home, not a ton of financial difficulty, but still with its own dysfunction.”

(interesting side note:  at one point in the “Orange is the New Black”, we see a huge scar on Lyonne’s chest from a heart surgery her character received related to her drug abuse. In reality, she actually had that exact surgery and that scar is real.)

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#9: History of Drug Abuse: The 80’s

The ‘80s might as well have been called the “cocaine ‘80s.”

Faced with dropping prices for their illegal product, drug dealers made a decision to convert the powder to “crack,” a solid smoke able form of cocaine that could be sold in smaller quantities, to more people. It was cheap, simple to produce, ready to use, and highly profitable for dealers to develop.

Crack first began to be used on a large scale in Los Angeles in 1984. The distribution and use of the drug exploded that same year. By the end of 1986, it was available in 28 states and the District of Columbia.

Read more about cocaine and the crack epidemic here:

#8: 5 Ways to Stop Being Codependent

Ask yourself:

Do you keep quiet to avoid arguments? Are you always worried about others’ opinions of you? Have you ever lived with someone with an alcohol or drug problem? Are the opinions of others more important than your own? Do you feel rejected when significant others spend time with friends?

You may be codependent if you answered “yes” to any of these. One of the 5 ways to stop being codependent is to set and maintain healthy boundaries.

Here’s how:

#7: Drug Myths Debunked: Heroin

What many people know about heroin is from what they see portrayed on television. Heroin and heroin users are surrounded by a cloud of hysteria, horrific media, and quick judgment. We are here to set the record straight. Because while heroin, yes, is very dangerous and addictive, some of what you may or may not know about this drug and its users are myth not fact.

For instance, many people think that heroin is more dangerous than alcohol.

This, in fact, is false. Heroin is not more dangerous than alcohol. In reality, alcohol is just as dangerous as heroin. The truth is alcohol in a lot of ways is even more dangerous than heroin. Alcohol just happens to be more socially accepted.

Don’t believe us? Read more here:

#6: Can my employer fire me for going to rehab?

Many addicts and alcoholics are ignorant about their own rights. The truth is that while addicts will have plenty to worry about if they quality of their work declines due to drug and alcohol use, those who are willing to get help are protected under two federal laws: the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave act.

Learn more about your rights here:

#5: Substance Showdown: Bath Salts vs. Meth

Most of us are familiar with The Meth Project which has brought us the train-wreck images that exemplify “meth mouth.” So, what about bath salts? Well, bath salts gained notoriety pretty quick due to the little incident of one man eating another man’s face that gave every zombie fan everywhere something to worry about. Luckily, last year’s cannibalism was a false alarm on the zombie apocalypse even though all the warnings about bath salts weren’t and well meth is still going steady as it always has.

Find out which drug ranks as the worst here:

#4: Parent’s Guide to Drug Abuse: Drug Paraphernalia

Most parents are uneducated in what’s going on in the “streets” and the terms being used to refer to drugs and drug paraphernalia.

So what is drug paraphernalia? And, where can your kids get drug paraphernalia?

Find out more here:

#3: 13 Worst Sobriety Tattoos Ever

I would recommend waiting until you have a little bit of sober time under your belt before you go out and get permanent ink on your body, or don’t. It is entirely up to you, just remember that getting tattoos removed is SUPER expensive!

Here are some serious sobriety tattoo fails:

#2: Everyday Things that Can Make You Fail a Drug Test

Anyone who has ever had a false positive on a drug test knows the frustration and stress it can cause. You find yourself in defense mode knowing you did nothing wrong and yet the test clearly shows you failed for THC, PCP, meth, whatever it is. How do you combat with scientific proof?

Here is a list of everyday things that can make you fail a drug test:

And the top Palm Partners blog of 2013 is…

#1: Your Face on Drugs: Cocaine

The infamous coke bloat…the best way to describe this is really just to tell you to google images for “Kate Moss.” Throughout the years, her face has undergone many a transformation – and we’re not talking about the usual celebrity plastic surgery. No, Kate Moss’ face has been dealt a brutal blow from well, blow. Other than the obvious accelerated signs of aging, Moss’ face has taken on the uneven puffiness that is characteristic of faces of cocaine addicts.

Read more details about how cocaine distorts your face here:

If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.

10 Resolutions Every Person in Recovery Should Make

10 Resolutions Every Person in Recovery Should Make

It’s that time of year again – time to make all kinds of promises to yourself that you only half-believe you’ll keep. Well, here are 10 resolutions every person in recovery should make…and keep.

10. Rid yourself of enemies. Apologize for what you did wrong and forgive those who you feel have wronged you. Basically steps 9 and 10 (don’t worry if you haven’t gotten there yet – but still a good practice to have), this is a great policy to live by. In recovery, we know that resentments are often what “take us back out,” so get rid of resentments by making this one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2014.

9. Rid yourself of “frenemies.” Don’t spend 2014 surrounded by people you secretly despise. Again, holding resentments will only hurt you. Be honest with yourself and with others. Why keep people around if you don’t like them? Seems like torture to me.

8. Stop spreading negative sh*t about others, whether by name or not. This is like taking other people’s inventory and being judgmental. Let it go or be straight forward. Hashing out your personal issues on Facebook in a passive aggressive manner just isn’t a good look, on anyone. And, believe it or not, a lot of people grow resentful of seeing such negative crap, especially if that’s the only thing you have to say about anything or anyone.

7. Stop being so shallow. Vow to stop judging people based on how they look and the clothes they wear. Choose to see everyone for the little boy or little girl they once were and you’ll notice a shift in yourself – you will begin to act out of love and compassion rather than fear, anger, jealousy, and resentment. And this will help you with the next resolution on this list.

6. Stop beating yourself up. In 2014, resolve to be more gentle with yourself. Chances are, you are harder on yourself than you are on others so why not show yourself the same compassion you do for other people. Something to think about: you’re most likely the only one still thinking about that thing that happened that one time back in 2000 while the rest have moved on. So, give yourself a break.

5. Make a Bucket List. And be sure to be crossing stuff off your list. Meaning, don’t just make a list. And make it fun stuff: sky dive, bungee jump, scuba dive, get a(nother) tattoo, travel to New Zealand. Being in recovery doesn’t just mean that you are clean and sober; it means that you get to enjoy life now. Stop making excuses and get out there.

4. Keep a journal. It doesn’t have to be something you use daily, but documenting your experiences is very important. You’ll appreciate it later. Your sponsor has probably already suggested this one to you and for good reason. This is a great way to gain personal insight and awareness – which is good for everyone but especially for those of us in recovery so that we can be aware of our feelings and thought patterns. This can help us head off a potential relapse as well as be a measure for personal and emotional growth that we can acknowledge ourselves for. So, if you don’t already keep a journal, make it one of your resolutions for 2014.

3. Allow yourself to feel your feelings. If you feel like crying, either when you’re happy or sad, then cry. Embrace your emotions as they come. For recovering addicts and alcoholics, this can be easier said than done. But it’s important to acknowledge your feelings and to let yourself feel your feelings as they come up, and not just when it’s “appropriate.” For far too long, we had suppressed our feelings and numbed ourselves with drugs and alcohol. Feeling feelings is part of the human experience.

2. Date Yourself. As someone who used to be in active addiction, you likely found ways to avoid being with yourself. Alone. And you may still be in the habit of distracting yourself, although you’re no longer using drugs or alcohol to do so. Make it a point to take yourself out – alone – and treat yourself to an activity you enjoy: going to the movies, the museum, park, getting a bite to eat at your favorite place, having a spa day. Learn to enjoy your own company.

1. Give Back. Whether it’s to pick up a commitment, begin sponsoring, or simply making coffee at your home group meeting, giving back is essential to recovery. It’s the 12th step and, many argue, the most important. There is certainly something to be said for being in service to others. Giving back gets us out of our habit of being selfish and self-serving and bottom line: it’s good for the soul.

If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.



In the News: Bad Batch of Heroin in Delray Beach Causes Overdoses

In the News: Bad Batch of Heroin in Delray Beach Causes Overdoses

There has been a surge in heroin overdoses in Delray Beach and local police are appealing to the public for information in an effort to understand what is happening. Since Dec. 1, the Delray Beach Police Department has “handled in excess of 20 cases” of heroin overdoses, the agency announced in a press release issued Monday afternoon.

The overdose cases are being investigated by the Vice, Intelligence and Narcotics Unit, while detectives are working alongside the Sheriff’s Office drug lab in testing the seized narcotics.

“We have seen a significant increase in the amount of heroin overdoses this month,” said Delray Beach police acting public information officer Rachel Vanness, and added that this spike in overdoses “speaks for itself, there’s something not right.”

Of the twenty or so heroin-related overdoses, one has been fatal, however police are still awaiting toxicology reports in order to confirm this.

Although it hasn’t yet been confirmed, speculation as to what is causing this potentially fatal potency. Local addicts are saying that this bad batch of heroin is cut with fentanyl – a highly potent prescription narcotic painkiller used for managing pain. Both heroin and fentanyl are opiates so, by using this combination, the user gets a double dose of narcotic, which suppresses bodily functions including breathing. This is when overdose occurs.

Florida’s Pill Mills

A few short years ago, the news was splashed with reports of mass raids on pain management clinics, doctors, and pharmacies that were illegally dispensing prescription drugs and at an alarming rate – dubbed “pill mills.”

Over the course of two years, federal agents shut down the $40 million businesses that operated in the south Florida counties of Broward and Palm Beach. Federal DEA agents used collected evidence via phone taps and even by posing as patients, which allowed them to put together 1.2 million pages of records and statements used in the prosecution of several suspects.

Florida’s successful crackdown of its so-called pill mills had an unintended consequence, however, as the state has seen an increase in heroin use.

A New Epidemic: Resurgence of Heroin

A major unintended effect of Florida’s crackdown on its pill mills has been an increase in the use of heroin. As the number of pill suppliers decreased and pills were harder and more expensive to obtain, people who were addicted to narcotic painkillers began turning to heroin, because the ‘high’ is similar to that of painkillers and because it became easier and cheaper to get ahold of.

Why Delray Beach?

South Florida is known as the “recovery capital” with the Delray Beach area as its epicenter. This is because of the saturation of drug treatment programs, halfway houses, and meeting places. And with addiction recovery can also come relapse. Savvy drug dealers target this area because it’s simply good business strategy. With so many addicts in one place, the area is prime real estate for dealers.

If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.








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