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Asking “is alcoholism a disease” to most people we bump into on the street will get you an answer of yes. Asking a doctor and many other professionals about the disease concept of addiction will result in something quite different.
Who Says It Is A Disease?
o Most members of 12 step ... Views:54
The most widely-known group when thinking of where to send people with an alcohol or drug problem is AA (or any 12-step program). However, most widely known does not equal the most effective. In fact, it doesn't work for most people, so they are still out there not getting the help they need. It ... Views:51
Top 10 Best Alcoholics Anonymous Alternatives List
Over the past few years, I have examined the effectiveness of Alcoholics Anonymous and a lively discussion has followed these posts. AA is a group that many have very strong feelings about - both positive and negative. For some, AA has been a ... Views:111
Most of us know or have known someone we care about who has come under the influence of a perpetrator using him/her for self-serving purposes.
Very smart, educated, healthy people can, for some unknown, reason come under the spell of opportunistic, toxic, and insecure people. It is very ... Views:57
Are you frustrated with someone you care about who appears to be the victim of a perpetrator? Do you find yourself getting angry for this person?
We all have examples of these situations and we often struggle with what to say, how much time to spend with the victim, and how to continue being ... Views:77
As a social alcoholic, or a social drinker you may be considered as a low-risk drinker.
You may find yourself becoming defensive when friends or family members show some concern in regards to your increase consumption of alcohol.
After all you are just enjoying a drink socially, there is ... Views:85
YES! A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by Harvard’s David Ludwig found out that sugar can indeed be quite addictive. This randomized, blinded, crossover study took on the difficult job of proving the biology of sugar addiction. Their findings showed that foods ... Views:84
Addiction can ruin lives, derail dreams and finally, it can even kill. When you are living in the throes of your addiction can seem like there is no way out, and that no one can help you. Long term addiction can change a personality, ruin someone financially, separate you from your family and ... Views:223
Alcoholism has been a problem for many years on Turtle Island. Turtle Island is the name of North America according to some indigenous groups based on a Lenape story of the “Great Turtle” which was first recorded in archive between 1678 and 1680 by Jasper Danckaerts. The story has been shared by ... Views:185
Smartphones are growing increasingly popular over the years., and they don’t look like they’re going away any time soon. Although this has been a blessing in many ways, it’s also caused some social issues that need to be addressed. One of those issues is the connection between smartphone usage ... Views:215
People who become victims of heroin addictions are increasing on a daily basis. In order to comprehend the power associated with heroin addiction, it is important for the people to have a clear understanding about the intensity of withdrawals. When you addicted to heroin, a series of changes ... Views:164
Assisting Teenagers with Recovery
Admitting a teen in rehab is one of the toughest things a parent will do. Though you can be assured that your child is getting help, you might also be concerned about what the future has in store for your teen. Being a parent, you can take some actions to ... Views:265
Being convicted of driving under the influence can completely derail your life. Not only could you have to empty your bank account to cover court fees, fines, legal representation and other costs, but in many states, that DUI may be a black mark on your driving record forever. It may be more ... Views:337
Each year I see many people addicted to alcohol. At times they come to the session smelling of booze while still denying drinking. They play the game, “if you didn’t see me do it, it didn’t happen” as if seeing is the only sense of detection and smelling doesn’t count.
I have long since ... Views:324
The most feared issue that is spreading like a forest fire among the teens? The fact that they are getting succumbed to alcohol and drugs, Heroin, in particular, is something alarming to the parents. There are laws in our country which relates to avoidance of the subject but to be honest if you ... Views:275
The Deep Attachment of Psychological Dependence with Prescription Drug Use
Prescription drug use is a public health epidemic in the U.S. with addiction and overdose rates at an all time high. At the heart of these issues is a powerful and double-pronged compulsion to use them—a dependency ... Views:571
Challenging the Expectation of Failure
History is helpful to us in many ways. We can learn from what hasn’t worked as we continue to pursue solutions, for example. Our ‘failures’ can point us in new directions if we use them as ‘research’ rather than reasons to stagnate or give up. Like ... Views:1140
Do you or someone you know suffer from C-PTSD?
Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, or C-PTSD, commonly co-occurs with addiction. C-PTSD is a complicated trauma reaction caused by enduring extreme stress over a prolonged period of time. Its frequent companion, addiction, typically evolves ... Views:1112
Success isn’t owned, it’s leased,,,,,and rent is due every single day – JJ Watt, Defensive End, Houston Texans
I’ve been spending a fair amount of time thinking about commitment and how that manifests in my life. When I got sober I made a commitment to my grandmother that I would stay sober. ... Views:348
June 12th found me celebrating 36 years of sobriety. As I approached the eve of my anniversary I am reminded of the model of recovery that has made this milestone possible. When I got sober my grandparents (both of whom survived Auschwitz) asked me to develop a mission statement that would guide ... Views:343
I haven’t posted any new material for well over a year. Apologies. My goal is to create at least two blog posts per month and strive towards two new podcasts per month. I’ve suffered from horrible writer’s block, and until today I couldn’t move past my current ‘block’
If you’ve followed me on ... Views:404
Shopping is no longer a sign of opulence. Young adults in the initial stages of their careers are willing to spend copious amount of money to buy things of lesser utility. People in America spend trillions of dollars in retail and up to USD 1.2 trillion annually on nonessential goods.
With ... Views:651
Do you or do you know of someone who struggles with negative addictions.
I know that I have in the early days of my life and for me it was "Smoking".
With my passion to live a healthy life, I didn't want to include anything that was going to sabotage that, so I had to somehow get my head ... Views:349
We Have Living Proof that You Can Re-write, Re-experience and Re-create Your Life
The Sanctuary at Sedona is a non-12 Step holistic addiction recovery program. We were founded by Dean Taraborelli who was a self-proclaimed ‘chronic relapser’, unsuccessfully seeking addiction recovery for 30 ... Views:933
Stress in today's chaotic and combative world is nearly unavoidable. Sources of it are everywhere and it's tough to escape it. While we can turn off the TV and stop reading the news, pressures in our daily life are a different matter. In some cases, a little tension may even be beneficial if it ... Views:479
Any experts concur that more remedies are needed to help drinkers who overdo it cut down. The prescription medications approved for treating alcohol abuse and dependence don't work for everyone.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), about 1 in 6 U.S. adults binge drinks. However, ... Views:400
Addiction is cunning, baffling and powerful, and even after my surrender it kept trying to manipulate my mind to make me slip and destroy my recovery.
I am alive today only because of the miracle I experienced one day in treatment. As I entered my room and walked by a mirror, I glimpsed ... Views:601
Heal the Underlying Trauma for Full Recovery
The Sanctuary at Sedona began with a vision of helping others achieve a full and sustainable recovery from addiction. That continues to be our mission. We have been fortunate enough to witness full recovery in the lives of many throughout the ... Views:664
In this interview, Per Wickstrom tells us how he handles a demanding career while also remaining sober. Keep reading to learn how to manage a high stress job without risking relapse.
As the owner of several successful businesses, Per Wickstrom knows a thing or two about handling ... Views:229
When we talk about addiction and substance abuse, the two substances that come to mind are drug and alcohol. Generally, these substances include tobacco, marijuana, and cocaine.
For a fact, illicit drug use in the United States is on the increase. Results of the Substance Abuse and Mental ... Views:342
Lean on science, self-improvement, and evidence-based treatment with centers for drug rehabilitation that focus on non 12-step addiction recovery.
With over 14,500 centers for drug rehabilitation in the United States, there’s a match out there for you that can provide the support and ... Views:196
Addiction Recovery Programs Take on Many Forms
Trying to choose the right addiction recovery program these days can be really confusing. The field has exploded with options. It’s always difficult to know what to do in a time of crisis. It’s also difficult to sort through the overwhelming ... Views:1591
Low self-esteem is a thinking disorder in which individuals view themselves as inadequate, unlovable, or incompetent. There are many manifestations of low self-esteem, the worst of them being addiction.
There’s no doubt that low self-esteem is one of the chief causes of addiction. The ... Views:428
Sometimes codependents have associations with partners that are not addicts or alcoholics. Just how can this happen? Generally, the codependent is maturing in your house with some type of disorder or addiction. They develop and meet somebody that's not really a medication addict or alcoholic and ... Views:361
You'll find four stages that couples in couples therapy impacted by alcoholism undergo consuming, transition, early recovery and ongoing recovery.
The stages originate from the responsibilities of vary from happens together with the size of abstinence. Reaching the transition stage involves ... Views:347
How do you maintain a healthy life for sustainable recovery?
What addicted person doesn’t want to be well? We all want that whether we are addicted or not. If we suffer from depression, codependency, anxiety, trauma or any of the other countless maladies we can mention, we all want to be done ... Views:1145
Many people might think that only major conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder denote mental illness. However, many common symptoms like anxiety, sadness, mood swings and insomnia indicate poor mental health and often signify underlying conditions. Using drugs can make these feelings ... Views:362
A colleague and good friend of mine, Molly Carmel, LCSW who directs an eating disorder clinic in NYC [The Beacon Program] introduced me to the concept of “dialectical abstinence.” Although I don't know of any source the concept appears, I will credit Molly with adding this to my understanding of ... Views:457
What is Addiction – Definition
How to Break Free From Addiction
How To Help Someone With An Addiction
When people feel addicted to ... Views:285
Addiction in any form is dreadful and addiction of gambling is an obsessive-compulsive disorder. Gambling occasionally can be enjoyable, but prolonged interest in it, can turn into an obsession, compelling the gambler to gamble continuously, irrespective of whether he wins. Gambling addiction ... Views:216
HeartMath at The Sanctuary
HeartMath is a therapeutic modality founded in well-documented research from the field of neurocardiology. Informed by the heart’s critical role in our overall health, HeartMath sessions are conducted with simple, user-friendly technology through which our clients ... Views:1207
Emptiness is a common feeling, and there are distinct types of emptiness, but it’s psychological emptiness that underlies codependency and addiction. Whereas existential emptiness is concerned with your relationship to life, psychological emptiness deals with your relationship to yourself. It’s ... Views:559
We used to believe that we are controlled by our genes and that DNA programs us like software does a computer. We thought that DNA communicated with us—as if we were downloading our fates—and that we had nothing to say about it. This was an incredibly disempowering view of how human life works. ... Views:1403
Starting a family as a recovering addict can present many emotions, from joy and delight to fear and stress. Per Wickstrom recently spoke with me about how to handle new parenthood while in recovery.
As the owner of several successful rehabilitation facilities, Per has seen many of ... Views:274
I don't Have to tell you what an addictive, destructive and terrible habit this is, because you already know that is why you have chosen to read this blog.
I have just finished a book for you covering the aspects of "Why Can't I Give Up Smoking" it is in the publishing stages at present to go ... Views:397
You hear a different story from every recovering addict who has been through drug rehabilitation, because there is no one-size-fits-all solution to addition. Every person's path is different. However, there is a structured system for rehab that can provide anyone with valuable guidance. These ... Views:567
The word “recovery” often conjures up images of struggling to abstain from an addictive behavior, be it drinking, using drugs, shopping, gambling, overeating or severely restricting eating, exercising to excess, promiscuity, etc. But, I want to challenge you to start thinking about Recovery ... Views:539
Alcoholism is a deadly problem that destroys families and kills the alcoholic. It often starts as a social experiment, graduates to regular social intake and then goes on to becoming an obsessive and compulsive drinking issue.
The family of an alcoholic undergoes severe stress and try to ... Views:306
It’s cheap, and it’s everywhere.
For these reasons alone, heroin offers an appeal to teenagers that other drugs just can’t match. Factor in peer pressure, the need to self-medicate, or just plain, simple teenage curiosity, and it’s easy to see why heroin is making an alarming comeback in the ... Views:362