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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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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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‘The Opposite Of Addiction Is Not Sobriety’

Johann Hari, author of the New York Times best-selling book “Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs,” has been exploring the true cause of addiction, something he believes is largely misunderstood. In a Ted Talk filmed last month, Hari challenged the belief that addiction is caused by chemical hooks, saying patients who receive painkillers after medical procedures but have no issue getting off the […]

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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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Loretta’s Bethesda Experience

My experience and recovery through Bethesda I would wish to apportion with you my journey through addiction and my sobriety and peace found here in South Africa at Bethesda. I come from England and having been to several rehab clinics in Manchester, Scotland and London resulting in short bouts of sobriety with no genuine recovery, I remember blaming the clinics for not staying sober! I did the geographical trying to […]

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This Is Your Brain On Neuroscience

By Zachary Siegel 07/05/15 Addiction science and neuroscience will make your head spin. It’s not brain surgery Shutterstock It’s the age of what people are calling the “neuro-disciplines.” It all began with a now well-known branch of medicine called neurology, the study of the nervous system, whose first registered usewas in 1681. The Ancient Greek prefix has since attached to, well, just about every discipline under the sun: neurolaw, neuroengineering, […]

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