A couple of years ago I went through a profound change in my life. Alcohol had gotten the best of me and I knew that I had to quit. I have always been a strong Freemason, but couldn’t find any entity in the Craft that was designed to help me. What I did find, however, were many Masons in my area who had the same issues. They referred to each other as “Double Brothers” in that they were Brothers of the Craft and brothers in sobriety. Together we formed a commission that is now called ‘Masonic and Tonic’.
Masonic and Tonic regularly puts out a support newsletter for Freemasons who are concerned with their own addiction or the addiction of someone they love. It offers support and understanding along with quips about the fraternity and a smile or two.
“Masonic and Tonic” is not affiliated with any local and national Masonic organization because some Masons do not understand our issues. It is not a part of or associated with any twelve-step program or any other addiction support organization, because those folks do not understand the Craft. It does however, recognize the importance of what those organizations have contributed to the welfare of society.
Within this website you will find referrals for those Brothers seeking treatment as well as help finding a recovery group or an addiction organization near you. You will also find support from those Brothers who may be going through the same challenges as yourself. Please join us by signing up on this page.
This entire program is dedicated to you.
“Masonic and Tonic” welcomes written contributions from its subscribers, but reserves the right to edit such writings as to length, format or inappropriate language.
The intentions of the Commission are as follows:
• Increase bonding among Brothers of the fraternity.
• Shore up the idea that our fraternity cares about all its members.
• Let’s the Brothers suffering from addiction know that they are not alone.
• Give ideas that may help with continued sobriety success.
• Encourage struggling Brothers to seek help.
• Share experiences of those who have chosen continued sobriety with those Brothers who are seeking a pathway back to normal life.
Neil Neddermeyer PGM and recovering alcoholic
Here is what you can do.
• Use this site to find a twelve-step program or other addiction support organization
• Ask for personal help by sending in your email address through “Contact” (one of us will contact you.)
• Volunteer to be a mentor to those who need help. Send in your email address through “Contact”
• Ask to be part of our commission