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Moderation in Addiction: Real or Myth?

Moderation in Addiction: Real or Myth?

Addiction recovery ideologies typically advocate total abstinence. But is there another way-moderation? Is it possible for an alcoholic to drink modestly, or the problem gambler to game controllably? It is possible for some people to engage in addictive behaviors and not fall prey to addiction- If one can eat cake sensibly or take his narcotic painkillers as prescribed, then surely others are capable of the same sensibility and control. Why don’t they tell us this … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs

Addiction Treatment in America throughout History

  Approximately ten percent of the human population is addicted to mind-altering substances. Most of these people cannot stop using on their own and need help. Since the birth of America as a colony, addicts have sought help to stop using through various treatment methods, and some have remained viable for centuries. The first known self-help groups in America were conducted by Native Americans, who had been living on American soil for thousands of years prior to white settlement. Europeans brought a flurry of new ideas, technology, and culture with them to the new world. Unfortunately, these settlers also brought alcohol with them. The introduction of colonists and their alcohol in the lives of Native Americans proved to be devastating. Today, some theories suggest Native American people are genetically susceptible to addiction. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Recovery, Research, Spirituality

Why I Still Love Drugs, But Love Recovery Even More

Why I Still Love Drugs, But Love Recovery Even More

  I love drugs.  I didn’t get into the rooms of recovery because I hated drugs.  I got sober for quite the opposite reason: I actually loved them way too much to the point where they ruled (and ruined) everything.  I always find it interesting when I encounter someone in the rooms that has an almost hypocritical disdain for drugs and alcohol, like some sort of newfound AA born-again piety.  You don’t have to hate drugs … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Recovery, Substance Abuse

Staying Sober

Staying Sober

  One of the most valuable things I have learned in AA is that I have the ability to change my own perception. I can shift from a mindset of positivity and gratefulness rather than one of fear and pessimism. I have the ability to change the lens through which I view things daily. I do not have to let them bring me down and ruin my day and most importantly. I do not have to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Recovery

Recovery: Not a One Stop Shop

Recovery: Not a One Stop Shop

When I stopped using drugs and drinking, I didn’t realize that there was more to recovery than physical sobriety. Not all of the issues that I’m dealing with can be addressed in AA; luckily, there are other 12-step programs available for me. I can discuss my physical sobriety and struggles at NA and AA, deal with food issues at OA, and for my sexual and relationship strife – my newest exploration into other programs – … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Recovery, Substance Abuse

Principles before Personalities… Even in Sober Living

Principles before Personalities… Even in Sober Living

  “Principles before personalities” is one of those sayings that you hear at every Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting. A lot of the times, I hear it and forget it as soon as the meeting closes.  I just return to life and all of the stresses that it carries. However, we are encouraged to practice these principles in all of our affairs – and I have found this a difficult principle to implement, especially in the chaotic … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Recovery

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread

  Eternity is made up of an endless amount of todays.  There is no yesterday or tomorrow… just today.  The terms “just for today” or “one day at a time” may be clichés in AA, but the importance of today is one that I want to dive into.  The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says “we are not cured of alcoholism.  What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual … Read entire article »

Filed under: Recovery, Spirituality

Recovery without God

Recovery without God

  A recent study performed by Harvard University’s McLean Hospital looking into the recovery process concludes that “faith in God positively influences treatment for individuals with psychiatric illness.”  While the belief in a God, often euphemized as “Higher Power” in many mental health and addiction recovery communities, is promoted heavily especially in 12-step programs, it is not for everyone and recovery is possible without this approach.  I prefer a more personalized approach based on self-empowerment and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Recovery, Spirituality, Substance Abuse

God and Recovery

God and Recovery

  One of the most crucial things I have come to understand in recovery is that alcohol is only a symptom of my disease, not the problem by itself. In fact, alcohol was a solution to my problem for many years. The problem is me: my brain and my thinking. Therefore I need a permanent solution that is bigger than me. I need divine assistance, not to just stop drinking, but to change me at my cellular level. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Recovery, Spirituality

Jack Osbourne Celebrates 10 Years of Sobriety

  Jack Osbourne, 27, has an entire decade out from the dark side, celebrating ten years of sobriety on April 21, 2013. The son of Black Sabbath rocker, Ozzy Osbourne, Jack is not the only Osbourne who has struggled with addiction. On April 15, his father Ozzy admitted on his Facebook page, “For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs. I was in a very dark place and was an asshole to the people I love most, my family. However, I am happy to say that I am now 44 days sober….” He continued with an apology to his family, friends, band mates, and fans for his “insane behavior.” Jack’s 28-year old sister, Kelly, has made a handful of trips to rehab, stating that she first took … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Celebrity News, Recovery, Substance Abuse