About Lip Balm Anonymous
Without a doubt, the tradition that Lip Balm Anonymous continues started many years ago with Bill W. and Alcoholics Anonymous. Since then, other similar groups were founded. Lip Balm Anonymous continues the tradition.
In early 1995, Kevin C. was a suffering Chap Stick addict. Though others had mentioned to him that he had a problem with lip balm, Kevin figured that since it was legal there was no problem with his usage. But, deep down, Kevin knew that his lip balm use was unhealthy–both physically as well as mentally. But, Kevin was weak and he did not know where to turn for help. Kevin C. was alone with his addiction.
Later that year, Kevin had several friends who used 12-step programs to overcome alcohol or caffeine. At last, Kevin knew there was a chance. He quickly read the 12-steps and adapted them for his own purposes. He enlisted his 12-step veteran friends to counsel him. Just three weeks later, Kevin C. was free from lip balm.
Once free for over 200 days, Kevin C. decided to spread the faith. He met informally several times with friends and convened the first official meeting of Lip Balm Anonymous in a meeting room in Mountain View, California. Several new members urged Kevin C. to make available the story of life without lip balm to the rest of the world. That effort resulted in the pages you are reading now. We try to adhere to the 11th Tradition and as such do not actively seek to promote our organization as a whole. We do promote this Web site as a way of disseminating information about our organization.
Important Dates and Notable Media Coverage
- September 1, 1995: The first meeting of Lip Balm Anonymous.
- December 17, 1995: The Lip Balm Anonymous Web site goes online for the world!
- December 21, 1995: Lip Balm Anonymous was named the Humor Site of the Every Other Day (sadly, no longer with us). We’re not sure what’s so funny about addiction… but this was our first site award, so this has a special place in our heart.
- January 10, 1997: Kevin C. quoted in extensive article on chapped lips in Burlington Free Press
- April 25, 1997: LBA’s Kevin C. appears on the The Internet Cafe television show.
- September 25 and 29, 1997: LBA’s Kevin C. appears on the The Daily Show television show.
- April 15, 1998: LBA site moved to Kevdo.com.
- Late June 1998: Original AOL site shuts down.
- November 1, 1999: LBA mentioned in New York Times “Compressed Data; Chap Stick Chat And Other Connections“
- December 21, 2000: Los Angeles Times article “Lip Balm Anonymous Site Chaps Some Sensibilities“
- September 1, 2003: Sourcebooks Hysteria features LBA in book 505 Unbelievably Stupid Web Pages
- January-February 2007: Kevin C. interviewed in Vices Magazine: The Magazine for Addictions, Health, and Mental Well-Being
- January 27, 2007: LBA’s Kevin C. appears on Today Show expose on ChapStick addiction
- June 18, 2007: Kevin C. profiled on Yahoo! Picks Profile
- November 3, 2008: LBA feature in Baltimore Sun
- May 21, 2009: Blog-enabled LipBalmAnonymous.com site relaunches
- September 17, 2011: Kevin C. appears on Radio New Zealand