Workaholism or Work Addict? Answer yes or no to each question Is your work very important to you? Do you like things done ‘just right’? Do you tend to see things as black or white, not grey? Are you competitive and often determined to win? Is it important for you to be right? Are you …∞
The biggest obstacle to treatment of alcoholism is getting the alcoholic to break through the denial that is a hallmark of this condition
Relapse is not total failure; its only a stage Failure rates to comply with treatment for alcoholism do not differ significantly from other chronic diseases. People with disease such as diabetes, asthma and hypertension frequently fail to comply with treatment. (Lewis 2002) Relapse can range from a return to chronic heavy drinking to binge drinking, …∞
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Twelve Step Fellowships suggest we ‘continue to take personal inventory’ as part of the program of continuing recovery. One way that many use is when we retire at night, we constructively review our day. Were we resentful, selfish, dishonest, or afraid? Tick Boxes daily. There might be one tick per line or there might be …∞
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Denial by alcoholics and addicts often follow distinct patterns and they can move from one to another when one is perceived to be losing its effectiveness. The following forms of denial are evident in most alcoholics and addicts at some time. Refusing to face facts, to acknowledge negative consequences of using or drinking. Rejecting clear …∞
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As opposed to the 12-Steps to recovery here is the suggested program to insanity. I decided I could handle my emotional problems if other people would just quit trying to run my life. I firmly believed that there is no greater power than myself, and anyone who said so was insane. I made a decision …∞
Will power, will and higher power are terms discussed in 12-Step programs of recovery. I for one did not understand the differences between the various attitudes and actions I adopted. Then I came across something similar to the following and I was able to tell the difference between them – at least in theory. I …∞
Understanding alcohol abuse and alcoholism can be a key step in solving drinking problems Some people worry about their alcohol use but are not convinced that they need help. Friends or relatives might express their concern–”You have a drinking problem.” But often that well-intentioned statement fails to define the issue or suggest a clear solution. …∞
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• “If I could have stayed cool, I’d still be drinking. Very quickly, though, I started getting into trouble. Going to sixth grade got in the way of my life, which consisted of getting drunk as much as possible.” [After rehab] “I was going to A.A. meetings. Everyone was older, even most of the kids …∞
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Alcoholics, addicts and co-dependents use many and varied combinations of these. Identify yours and work to eliminate them. When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us – Alexander Graham Bell Defence …∞
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