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Recovery isn’t just about stopping the using

Many people come into treatment and think this is recovery, if I could just stop using/drinking/acting out my life would be fine, it would go back to “normal”. Here’s the thing, what’s normal? Is normal that life you had before you started using/drinking? Is normal the way your life was as a child? Here are the facts, if you walk into our treatment centre it tells us several things. Your […]

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Outgrowing Early Recovery

How to outgrow early recovery  I’m taken back into those first few months of early recovery, some fond memories, some hard battles. Some lost and some won, one thing was certain from the start, recovery needed to be more than just not using. I wanted a new life, I’ve so often heard people say, ‘I want my life to go back to normal’ the way it was before I started […]

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Recovery Actions have Expiry Dates

Expiry Dates during recovery: Many people come through our treatment centre and believe that the work they put in here is enough and that the work they put in here is going to carry them for the rest of their lives. This is a dangerous myth and one that could lead many to relapse. Like the title states, Actions in recovery have expiry dates and what we mean by this […]

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Principals of Adjustment

Principals of Adjustment Post-Treatment These are only a few of the Principals of Adjustment, the list and lessons we learn in recovery are plentiful. Please feel free to comment below on what you might have learnt in recovery. Allowing struggle There is myth in early recovery that if you are struggling you not in recovery or you going to relapse. Holding up a front that you are doing well when […]

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Relapse and what to look out for

Relapse can and does happen. Relapse is more than just using alcohol or drugs.  It is the progressive process of becoming so dysfunctional in recovery that self-medication with alcohol or drugs seems like a reasonable choice. The relapse process is a lot like knocking over a line of dominoes.  The first domino hits the second, which hits the third, and soon a progressive chain reaction has started.  The sequence of […]

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The Importance of Fellowship

Fellowship meetings were born through what I believe to be Divine Intervention. Bill Wilson was a chronic, bottom of the barrel alcoholic. Told by many professionals that he would drink himself to death and that he was of the variety of alcoholic that was incapable of ever giving up alcohol. Not satisfied with that ending diagnosis, he sought to find a way to stay sober. Bill W struggled with bouts […]

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Step Six

‘We were entirely ready to have God removes these defects of character’ Step four and five prepare the field for step six. If we have not done a thorough step four and five then step six becomes useless. What we get from step four is a list of our character defects. Hopefully from there we will understand that our behaviour stems from our character defects, directly. My experience with step […]

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THE A.A. PROMISES If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, […]

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How To Help A Drug Addict

How To Help a Drug Addict | Intervention: The goal of an intervention is to get the chemically dependent individual to accept the need for help now. Three key facets need to be considered as a means of creating as successful an intervention as possible: Dynamic Factors: The abuse of loved ones, the possible removal of all help and support, the possibility of the loss of a job, the possibility of […]

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