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Charlie Haviland


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I am a recovered alcoholic. My experience in the the addiction recovery process is personal and professional. I am better suited to address questions about alcoholism.

Experience in the area

I have been a member of a twelve step fellowship since 1984. I have facilitated a fourteen week, twelve step workshop at Henry Ford Hospital, West Bloomfield, Michigan


I am on the auxiliary staff of the Stepping Stones Foundation- the Historic Home of Bill & Lois Wilson, in Bedford Hills, NY


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Michigan certification: FOADP (Fundamentals of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems)

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Producer, Bill & Lois Wilson: In Their Own Words 2010, a two-act play comprised strictly by Bill & Lois Wilson's letters, speeches, and essays. New York, Los Angeles, Detroit. Bill & Lois Wilson were respective co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous & AlAnon Family Groups

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

It is often misunderstood that alcoholics have a "choice." Alcoholics have lost the power of choice; this is what defines addiction. If an alcoholic had the power of choice, he wouldn't be alcoholic.

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Recent Answers from Charlie Haviland

2015-06-19 Am I:

Dear Ed,    Thanks for your question, "Is it possible that I'm an alcoholic even though I'm having this experience with the one or two drink issue, and that I don't lose control until I get tipsy?"   

2015-06-12 liver regenerating?:

Dear Bud,    Congratulations on your sobriety! It is among the biggest joys in my life these days to witness another recover, while millions tragically succumb to and die from the disease of alcoholism

2014-08-16 My Grandfather Is an out of control alcoholic.:

Dear Victoria,    I'm sorry for your difficulties and pain. There are fewer things more stubborn than an old alcoholic who thinks he knows everything. And, when he owns the house and brings home a paycheck

2013-09-19 my sister:

Hi Vicki,    I'm sorry for your pain and trouble. I've gone through much of the same.    You could appeal to her to help her. You wouldn't want to do this alone. And, of course you would only want to attempt

2013-08-04 Advice please:

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