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The Truthful Clichés of AA

The Truthful Clichés of AA

  Fake it until you make it. Just keep coming back. Stick around until the miracle happens. These are all little things that you hear in 12-step meetings all over the place. Clichés and silly sounding lines, but they hold some truth to them. They’re annoying to hear, especially if you’re new or struggling. It can feel like you’ll never make it, or what’s the point of coming back, or when’s this supposed miracle going to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Life, Recovery, Treatment

Defining Addiction

Defining Addiction

  We hear people say all the time how they are addicted to a certain substance, person or act, but what really defines an addiction?  Traditionally, the term addiction had been limited to drugs and alcohol.  Nowadays however, it seems as though people can be addicted to just about anything.  The New York Times recently reported major addictions that are a little out of the ordinary including video games, watching television, and junk food (Peele). With these … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Conditions and Disorders

Faces of Addiction

Faces of Addiction

  Addiction can happen to anyone, regardless of social position, age, race, job, or any other boundary that is put up. But behind every addict is a story, a struggle. The devastating physical, emotional, and spiritual effects have taken their toll or are in the process of doing so, and there lies a fork in the road. At the end of the day, every addict’s story comes to the same basic choices: continue on the road … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction

AA The Only Way? Part 2

AA The Only Way? Part 2

  For those who are struggling with 12-Step programs or have not found 12-Step programs useful in their own lives, there are a small number of alternative support systems with varying approaches towards addiction and recovery. LifeRing:  A network of support groups that promotes abstinence and the power of the individual to recover from addiction. LifeRing employs positive social reinforcement through the meeting process which in turn fosters growth and strength that they find is an inextricable … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Recovery

The Many Varities of 12 Step Programs

The Many Varities of 12 Step Programs

  As an addict, it is in my nature to flood my brain’s pleasure centers. After a night of riding the tidal waves, I come to in a pool of spilled bourbon and stale sweat. I begin to feel at home in the deep end, dependent on the bottom feeders. What begins as a problem with benzos and alcohol might grow to include codependency or addictive thrill-seeking behaviors. I begin to associate the desperation of the morning … Read entire article »

Filed under: Recovery, Treatment

Gambling for Greed: A Tale of Gambling Addiction

Gambling for Greed: A Tale of Gambling Addiction

  When addiction is mentioned the primary focus is usually turned on those who abuse substances such as alcohol, cocaine and heroin. Many people overlook addiction issues such as gambling. When an individual is gambling it triggers the same parts of the brain as many drugs. Gambling addicts describe their experiences as a “rush”, just as a heroin addict would describe their high. While yes, there is a difference, the same mentality when active in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Featured

DSM Proposes Acceptance of Gambling Addiction

DSM Proposes Acceptance of Gambling Addiction

  This May, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) proposed that the disorder of gambling be considered an addiction (Andrews, 2012).  The DSM came out with a series of proposed revisions for the next DSM edition which will come out in 2013, the DSM – 5.  The DSM proposed switching pathological gambling from the Impulse Control Disorders section (Fong, 2009) to the Substance-Related Disorders, which will be renamed Addiction and Related Disorders (DSM – 5 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Featured

The Portrayal of Substance Abuse in the Media

The Portrayal of Substance Abuse in the Media

  As with the media, substance abuse is often presented in TV and film as a very different monster than how it exists in the real world.  Both of these methods of entertainment have warped the common man’s view of drug addiction and alcoholism. We are often portrayed as the scum of society; the gum stuck on the bottom of the successful man’s shoe. While more recent television shows have shown a slightly different perception of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Substance Abuse

Being of Service to Newcomers

Being of Service to Newcomers

  Last Sunday I met with my sponsor.  For whatever reason, I seemed to be particularly self-centered.  I did not realize it until my sponsor insinuated I was trying to control everything, and I was.  Even though I saw the pattern, it seemed like I could not stop making rather self-centered comments with the occasional whine.  I was not raised to whine, but somehow it seems to be something I picked up in sobriety.  I just … Read entire article »

Filed under: Recovery, Spirituality

The Portrayal of Substance Abuse in the Media

The Portrayal of Substance Abuse in the Media

  As with the media, substance abuse is often presented in TV and film as a very different monster than how it exists in the real world.  Both of these methods of entertainment have warped the common man’s view of drug addiction and alcoholism. We are often portrayed as the scum of society; the gum stuck on the bottom of the successful man’s shoe. While more recent television shows have shown a slightly different perception of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Life, Recovery

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