Freedom is what recovery is all about. Not only are we free from addictive behavior, but we are free to become who we are and enjoy all that life has to offer. We may not hear bands playing and see fireworks every day, but we will know a new dimension of peace and serenity. Although …∞
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“The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous only mention alcohol once, in Step One,”
A 3-year study of addiction mutual-help group participation following intensive outpatient treatment BACKGROUND: Addiction-focused mutual-help group participation is associated with better substance use disorder (SUD) treatment outcomes. However, little has been documented regarding which types of mutual-help organizations patients attend, what levels of participation may be beneficial, and which patients, in particular, are more or …∞
Relapse is defined as returning to a specific behavior (active alcoholism, addiction) after a period of abstinence (stopping), that particular behavior. Relapse does not come on suddenly and without warning, it is a process over time. Staying clean/sober is not recovery, working a program is. Relapse cannot be avoided by shear willpower of self-discipline. Self-Test …∞
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The fellowships of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Al-Anon are of inestimable value in the recovery from alcoholism and chemical dependency. Not infrequently, there is a resistance on the part of Jews to participate on the grounds that these programs have a religious orientation that is non-Jewish. Let us first dispense with some extraneous objections. …∞
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The story of Odysseus is about more than just a Greek guy in a boat. About 3000 years ago, the poet Homer told a story about a man called Odysseus and his voyage home to Greece following the Trojan Wars. Odysseus and his men met up with many exciting adventures along the way, but the …∞
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What are drug users looking for in treatment; abstinence or harm reduction? Within the UK and in many other countries two of the most significant issues with regard to the development of health and social care services for drug users has been the growth of the consumer perspective and the philosophy of harm reduction. These …∞
Smoking interferes with thinking and memory in recovering alcoholics Non-smoking recovering alcoholics outperform smoking recovering alcoholics on tests of memory, thinking, visual and auditory learning, and memory After six to nine months of abstinence from alcohol, recovering alcoholics who were also chronic smokers showed a significantly lower rate of improvement in tests of memory, reasoning, …∞
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Abstinence and well-being among members of alcoholics anonymous: Personal experience and social perceptions. The subjective experience of well being was examined in abstinent Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) members. In addition, the social perceptions of an abstinent alcoholic’s well being were examined in three non-alcoholic French-Canadian samples: male police officers, Catholic nuns, and university women. The lowest …∞
Seeking Help Could Quadruple the Likelihood of Abstinence To quantify the effect of help seeking on recovery from alcoholism, researchers in the United States analyzed data from 4,422 adults who had participated in a nationally representative survey and developed alcohol dependence at least 1 year before their participation. Only 26 percent of subjects had ever …∞
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