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A Look at Cross Addiction

By: Saul Selby Waking from a fitful sleep, Sandra couldn’t believer her eyes – or her head, for that matter. She had a pounding headache and felt nauseated, but that wasn’t the worst of it. As her blurred vision began to clear, she slowly started to realize where she was. The setting was familiar, but it wasn’t her bedroom. It was the country detox center. Feelings of anger, depression, and […]

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Dealing with Addiction for Families

By Leigh Belz Three years ago, when Rachel* got her freshman dorm assignment in the mail, the New Jersey teen excitedly logged on to Facebook to look up her new college roommate, Eleanor*. “She definitely seemed like that perfect, blonde, athletic, popular girl,” says Rachel, now 20. But just a few weeks into their first semester, Eleanor, who had been recruited for the school’s soccer team, quit the sport when […]

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Working the Program VS Living the Program

Understanding that doing step work and going through the questions doesn’t translate to living the program is an important part of this new found life that the steps offer. So often I’ve heard… “But I’ve done the steps”, “I don’t understand why my life hasn’t changed”. Here is how it works, the steps are a guide to the spiritual principals of the program. With each step comes a certain principal […]

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Step 4, the most powerful tool ?

In the 1935 a fellowship was born. Alcoholic Anonymous started when one alcoholic named Bill W spoke to another alcoholic instead of going into a bar and drinking. They found that if two alcoholics had the genuine desire to stop drinking, speaking about their experiences and relating to each other was sufficient to stay sober for another day. The 12 steps was also born though these interactions. The first 100 […]

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Is Instant Addiction Real ?

Post Published by Ralph Ryback Is it possible for someone to become instantly addicted to a drug? Most people might say no. First individuals must try a drug and realize that they like it. Then they might start to use the drug more frequently. Eventually, once they have used the drug enough, their brain begins to lose the ability to function without it. They spend all night dreaming about their […]

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Synthetic Drugs

  The term synthetic drug refers to non-organic, chemically manufactured and unpredictably unsafe drugs such as Meth-amphetamine, MDMA, GHB, Kat and Ketamine. These drugs are manufactured by back street-chemists and are highly toxic and very often fatal. Strength’s vary and the death toll is rising. There is a trend at the moment affecting the global population, where teenagers as young as 12 years old are trying these synthetic drugs and […]

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Normies React to the 12 Steps

By Juliet Abram 09/19/14 -sourced http://www.thefix.com/ Reactions to the 12 Steps: “I think admitting to having a problem in general is the right first step, but to admit powerlessness is unhealthy. .. I think admitting powerlessness is more harmful because it doesn’t help. Admitting that you want and need help is more useful after admittance.” Mara Wilson, former child co-star of Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire, insightfully wrote on her personal […]

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Am I Just an Occasional Heavy Drinker? Or A Real Alcoholic?

Am I an alcoholic? By Bill Manville 08/03/15  -sourced http://www.thefix.com/ My doctor asked me if I’m an alcoholic. I lied. Telling her the truth meant the end of fun. Speaking at a 12-step meeting a few weeks ago I mentioned that old AA standby—that addiction is the only disease that assures you that you’re doing fine. Have one more drink and you’ll feel even better. When it ended, a woman took […]

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Understanding Powerlessness in the 12 Steps

In early recovery and through experience with the 12 Step fellowship, understanding the true meaning of powerlessness is vital to the process. When I realized that powerlessness was not only about the drugs and alcohol, I found a sense of freedom. I didn’t need to try control everything around me anymore, people, places and things would stay the same regardless of how hard I tried to change them. My over […]

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Compromising Principles

I find my experience in early recovery has had a few challenges. On one hand I’m trying to live by certain principals that I adopt from those around me in recovery and from the fellowship meetings I attend. On the other hand I’m fighting my old principals that I learnt from using drugs for so many years. It became clear from the first time, I entered a treatment centre that […]

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Detoxification from Substance Addiction

Often and quite rightly so the detox part of treatment for someone addicted to a substance is the most worrying and difficult to successfully overcome. Many people worldwide remain trapped in addiction for years while avoiding the withdrawal effects during detox. Over the past 20 years through science and medicine, chemists have created substances specifically designed to ease and in some cases almost remove the withdrawal symptoms of addictive substances. […]

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Relationships in Early Recovery

Relationships in addiction become toxic and unproductive. Trust is gone, lying, stealing and cheating feature in the dynamics of the relationship and it leaves both or all parties angry and confused. From the loved ones perspective, the person using is slowly killing him/herself and regardless of what you’ve done and said, nothing makes a difference. Against all your advice and love, they don’t seem to want to listen. They repeat the same mistakes […]

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