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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 »

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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

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Actor Nick Stahl’s Whereabouts Uncovered; He Was Trying to Score Crystal Meth

  As of last May, no one has heard anything concerning actor Nick Stahl’s whereabouts after he went missing for four days, encouraging his estranged wife, Rose Murphy, to file a missing persons report in fear that he was dead from an overdose. But just recently, a source who wanted to remain anonymous and is now clean and sober, spoke to RadarOnline.com about the actor’s current condition. “It was around 12 noon in broad daylight when Nick and I started up a conversation about drug use. I was leaving the clinic and I recognized Nick right away so I said hello.  He was wearing jeans, a red shirt and a green jacket and he looked real bad, like he was up all night – blood shot eyes and all. He said he was waiting … Read entire article »

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Macklemore Talks to Rolling Stone about Recent Successes and Sobriety

  Rapper Macklemore speaks candidly about his struggle to stay sober through his recent meteoric rise to top the pop charts and his overnight surge in popularity, in an interview with Rolling Stone that hits newsstands today. As his fame has exploded recently, so has his schedule, which has put a burden on his sobriety. “The last three months haven’t been good for me – the pressure, the expectation, the lack of sleep, the stress, the traveling,” he explains to Rolling Stone. “I can’t escape Macklemore. I just want to get the fuck out of my own head.” The artist also discusses his improbable and challenging journey to commercial success, despite his struggles with substance abuse. Macklemore’s rise has been entirely self-made; he runs his own label, makes his music videos, and … Read entire article »

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Young & Sober: The Reckless, The Fun, The Home

Young & Sober: The Reckless, The Fun, The Home

  Being young and sober can certainly be a daunting challenge for many who face it. After all, when your generation is focusing on getting smashed on the weekends, how could it be any fun to look for entertainment elsewhere – never mind Alcoholics Anonymous? In spite of this, for me and thousands of other young alcoholics, the conferences, rooms, and society of Alcoholics Anonymous have become a second home, a refuge for fun and a support … Read entire article »

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