June 2013

Did you know that there is real science behind your addiction?
Bill W wrote a beautiful piece on acceptance in the book 'Language of the Heart' (March 1962):
Let us look at the effects on the family when someone is abusing alcohol or other drugs. Consider the following five scenarios:
The Impact of Alcohol on Health
Progress Not Perfection in Addiction Recovery
Average of Five People Impacted by One Addiction
10 Reasons Why Treatment for Your Addiction is the Bargain of a Lifetime:
Our society places a premium on intelligence. While we’re in school, we have it drummed into our heads that book learning and a high IQ are the necessary tools for success.
Relapse Excuses are Always Weak
Those individuals who relapse after a period in recovery will always have an excuse.
It is normal for family members to believe that they cannot be okay when someone they love is sick or miserable. It is normal for them to think it would be betrayal to be alright in the midst of a beloved’s illness or discomfort. However, that is exactly what is called for in the case of familial addiction.
NA is a Twelve Step Fellowship
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a Twelve Step fellowship that is devoted to helping people escape drug addiction.
The Nightmare of Addiction
To call addiction a nightmare is not an exaggerated statement. Those who fall into this type of life can lose everything, and they will experience a great deal of suffering as a result. Addiction can be fairly called a nightmare because:
"Alcoholism is an illness, a progressive illness, which can never be cured but which, like some other diseases, can be arrested.
Alcohol from Friend to Foe
It can seem strange to people that anyone would allow themselves to fall into addiction.
God made the universe in a way that didn’t leave things to be a secret. Everything is either in harmony or out of harmony with the principles, laws and values of natural law.
Relapse Dreams
It is common for those in recovery to have occasional relapse dream. During sleep they once again experience what it is like to be using alcohol or drugs.
Demands of Early Recovery
Giving up an addiction and building a new life away from substance abuse involves a great deal of work and effort.
Read from a clinical point of view, the book Alcoholics Anonymous (the "Big Book") is an excelled diagnostic reference manual for the identification and treatment of alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a non-profit organization that is open to anyone who with an addiction to alcohol. Members describe themselves as alcoholics trying to stay sober, helping other alcoholics become sober. Alcoholics Anonymous was founded by Dr. Bob Smith and Bill Wilson in 1935. Together Wilson and Smith developed the 12-step program that exists to this day.
Recovery is all about relationships. Think about it. What would recovery be like on a deserted island? You wouldn’t even need a recovery program or anything else to help you get through your day.
Alcohol addiction is a disease that affects the brain, liver, heart, and other vital functions of the body.
Searching for answers on ways a drug or alcohol treatment canter can help you or a loved one overcome an addiction - for yourself or someone you love?
Recovery can become less exciting after many years of going to 12-Step meetings, sponsoring newly recovering persons and working through personal issues.
In early recovery from drug/alcohol addictions, as with other addictions as well, there are things that “trigger” the recovering addict into thinking that may result in relapse behaviour. From one addict to the next, these things will have similarities as well as differences, depending upon the person and the addiction.
Learning to Change the Things We Can
Alcohol abuse is widespread, and those who misuse it are inflicting terrible harm on themselves, their loved ones, and society. Consider these facts:
Being Cruel to be Kind with Addicts