September 2013

Here is a dilemma, a question often asked and pondered upon:
If AA is such a wonderful way of recovering from alcoholism why is it that so few actually recover and live sober lives?
Listening: this is a really useful tool for progress, whether in recovery from addiction or growth in other areas of our lives!
Twelve Step recovery is based on the idea that healing from addiction begins when you become willing to share your story with another person. Our personal stories help us make sense of who we are, where we’ve been, and who we are becoming.
Think you know about addiction? Then these common myths may sound familiar:Myth 1: Drug addiction is voluntary behaviour.  You start out occasionally using alcohol or other drugs, and that is a voluntary decision. But as times passes, something happens, and you become a compulsive drug user. Why? Because over time, continued use of addictive drugs changes your brain - in dramatic, toxic ways at times, more subtly at others, but virtually always in ways that result in compulsive and even uncontrollable drug use.
Leading medical authorities such as WHO and the American Medical Association now recognize alcoholism as a disease, with definite and predictable symptoms.
Alcoholics Anonymous defines alcoholism as “cunning, baffling and powerful”.
The members of a family are interdependent on each other. Therefore, when there is stress, the whole family readjusts itself to bring stability and balance into their lives.
With an addict in the family, the rest of the family members begin to react in predictable ways.
In recovery, we often hear the slogan "Let Go, Let God". That's easier said than done!
How exactly do we practice this principle in our daily lives? How exactly do we let go and let God in recovery?
The process of doing so successfully always starts with awareness.

The risks of alcohol and drug use for those with bipolar disorder
One of the more common themes in addicts/ alcoholic's bipolar stories is the role that substance use has had in the course of their disorder. Sometimes it's simply part of the stormy adolescence that precedes their diagnosis. For others, it's more a part of the storm that follows. But either way it's almost never a helpful or curative part of their narrative.