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Excerpted from The 12 Steps Unplugged: A Young Person's Guide to Alcoholics Anonymous By John R. Chapter 3 tells us that all alcoholics have one great obsession: to gain control over their drinking. So, too, drug addicts want to control their use. "Normal" drinkers have no problem controlling their drinking. If they do have a problem with drugs or alcohol, they simply adjust their use, and the problem goes away. We're no

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The Four Rules of the Alcoholic Family

Excerpted from Adult Children of Alcoholics Syndrome: A Step By Step Guide To Discovery And Recovery By Wayne Kritsberg The Rule of Rigidity The alcoholic family is inflexible. It cannot adapt to change easily, nor does it willingly allow family members to change. This rigid behavior manifests itself in all aspects of family life and has its roots in the way the family attempts to deal with having an alcoholic as a member. One of the effects of

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How the Brain Makes Sense of the Senseless

Excerpted from No More Letting Go: The Spirituality of Taking Action Against Alcoholism and Drug Addiction By Debra Jay The brain confabulates. It associates diverse sensations, defies contradictions, and creates coherence. It even seeks explanations for its own unfathomable behavior." Those are the words of Dr. Gerald M. Edelman, Nobel laureate in physiology and medicine and author of Wider Than the Sky, talking about the human brain. He tells us that our brains confab

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Addictions: 12-Step Programs

Excerpted from AA to Z; An Addictionary of the 12-Step Culture By Christopher Cavanaugh Throughout the world today, over two million alcoholics and hundreds of thousands of drug addicts, compulsive overeaters, sex addicts, compulsive gamblers, codependents, and other addicts abstain from their addiction, having found a new life by practicing the 12-Step program of recovery developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. They work each of the 12 Steps and engage in the fellowship of

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Learning to Live with Yourself and an Alcoholic

Excerpted from Marriage On The Rocks: Learning to Live with Yourself and an Alcoholic By Janet Woititz Excessive Dependency The alcoholic is a very dependent person. He prefers not to take responsibility for his behavior. Let George do it. Then when George does it, if anything goes wrong, it's George's fault. He himself would not have made the mistake. The alcoholic prefers to have someone make all his decisions for him, including what he eats a

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Becoming Naturally Therapeutic

Excerpted from Becoming Naturally Therapeutic: A Return To The True Essence of Helping By Jacquelyn Small You may never have thought of yourself as a therapist, having reserved that title for people who have professional counselor roles. Yet research has made clear that the most therapeutic responses to people in trouble often come from "ordinary people" who don't think of themselves as experts, teachers, judges, counselors, or ministers. They're just people who have ex

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Fear of Loss of Self - Adult Children of Alcoholics

Excerpted from Adult Children of Alcoholics By Janet Woititz This fear is present because you never clearly established your sense of self while you were growing into adulthood. The early messages that you received from your parents were very confusing. The lack of clear messages forced you to create many of your beliefs and values, rather than learning them through example. Because your parents didn't consistently care for you in all the ways

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Am I an Alcoholic?

Excerpted from Beyond the Influence : Understanding and Defeating Alcoholism By Katherine Ketcham When you experience a crushing pain in your chest, you go to your doctor, who puts you through a series of tests and then, with a reliable degree of certainty, tells you whether you had a heart attack or a bad case of indigestion. When you have difficulty breathing accompanied by a high fever and exhaustion, you don't sit around in bed thinking nothing is wrong with you-you

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Paths to Recovery

Excerpted from Addict in the Family: Stories of Loss, Hope, and Recovery By Beverly Conyers, MA A cliché in the treatment community is "Insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting different results." The truth of this phrase is most evident when dealing with an addicted loved one. In our desperation to bring about some positive change, most of us try the same things again and again - from nagging and scolding, to threatening and pleading, to fixing and

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Alcoholism Patterns and Symptoms

Excerpted from Alcoholism and Other Drug Problems By James E. Royce, S.J., Ph.D., David Scratchley, Ph.D. Any of us could suffer the effects depicted so far of alcohol and other drug misuse on our health, driving, social relations, and pocketbook, whether addicted or not. This chapter will address the development of addiction, using alcoholism as a model. The approach will be descriptive rather than explanatory, leaving to Chapter 7 any considerations of causality. The

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Addiction and Groups of European Origin

Excerpted from Bridges to Recovery: Addiction, Family Therapy, and Multicultural Treatment By Jo-Ann Krestan This chapter explores the connection between a family's ethnic background and its relationship to addiction. While no one factor has been found to cause the disease of addiction, research has revealed that attitudes toward drinking and socially sanctioned drinking practices are important considerations in the development of the disease. Field studies have found t

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What Does Betrayal Do To Relationships?

Excerpted from The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships By Patrick J. Carnes It happens every fall. Lucy Van Pelt offers to hold the football for Charlie Brown. Every time this happens, Charlie Brown recognizes that this is a ploy to use him. And every time, Lucy comes up with a plausible reason why Charlie Brown should trust her. Charlie Brown sets aside his distrust and takes a risk again. Lucy then does what she always does-jerks the football out

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Cash Reward Helps Smokers Quit Bad Habit

By Margarita Nahapetyan Smokers who are paid to quit are about three times more likely to give up a bad habit and not have another cigarette than those who get no cash reward, a new study reports. Smoking is one of the nation's biggest causes of premature death, which is believed to kill about half a million Americans every year. About 20 per cent of all adults in the United States smoke, compared with nearly 25 per cent 10 years ago.

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Addictions

Excerpted from The 12 Steps to Happiness By Joe Klaas, Jennifer Schneider, M.D., Gayle Rossellini, Mark Worden We admitted we were powerless, and that our lives had become unmanageable. It may or may not be easy to say I admit I am powerless. But even if we can say it, we may not believe it. And if we do not believe we are powerless, merely saying / admit I am powerless will not really be admitting it. It will be mouthing something we don't beli

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Addiction: The Real 13th Step

Excerpted from The Real 13th Step: Discovering Confidence, Self-Reliance, and Independence Beyond the 12-Step Programs By Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D. A number of things have changed in the ten years since The REAL Thirteenth Step was originally published. In that time I've worked with many more clients who are recovering with the aid of Twelve Step programs. In that time, sponsors have referred program members to me, and I have referred clients to the programs and to sponsor

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Open Questions - Adult Children of Alcoholics

Excerpted from Lifeskills for Adult Children By Janet Woititz, Alan Garner, M.A. Follow up your closed questions with open questions, if you really want to get your conversations going. Open questions are those that ask for more than just a one or two word answer. They encourage others to explore their thoughts by asking for explanations and elaborations. Open questions normally begin with "How," "Why," and "Tell me about," and sometimes with "What." For example:

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Danger Of Third-Hand Smoke

By Margarita Nahapetyan After finding a link between second-hand smoke and chronic illnesses, the experts now say that there is a possible danger of 'third-hand smoke' as well. According to a new study, nicotine stains on skin, clothing, furniture and wallpaper can react with ambient gases to generate dangerous cancer-causing compounds and chemicals. "Third-hand smoke" is a name that scientists have given to nicotine residues that cli

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Alcoholism: Conversations from the Bottom of the Bottle

Excerpted from The Dark Night of Recovery: Conversations from the Bottom of the Bottle By Edward Bear Most everybody knew old Tyler. He's been hanging around the Westside Alano club for as long as anyone could remember. Had a face looked like somebody forgot to water it; dry as an old boot, road-mapped with wrinkles, the face of a man who'd spent a good deal of time looking at horizons. Lawyer Bob was the guy who wore the Armani suits, had the H

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Alcoholism - Denial

Excerpted from Playing It Straight; Personal Conversations on Recovery, Transformation and Success By David Dodd In a later chapter, Gregory Harrison mentions something very important. "By the time you realize you have a problem," he says, "it's an old problem." Very true for many of us. Drinking is such a popular pastime that the abusing stage is often ignored. I rarely thought I had a problem because my friends were drinking as much as I was.

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Shopping Addiction

By Margarita Nahapetyan For many people shopping is considered to be one of the favorite pastimes. For most of them it is just buying some new clothes or presents for close people. But there is another category for whom shopping is much more than just enjoyable pastime, it is a real addiction that in many cases leads to a financial disaster, as well as it brings chaos to person's life and family. Compulsive shopping and spending are d

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The Small Book; Rational Recovery Systems

Excerpted from The Small Book; Rational Recovery Systems By Jack Trimpey For decades, the field of chemical dependency has been dominated by "The Big Book" of Alcoholics Anonymous. Because of the organizational success of Alcoholics Anonymous and its 12-step spiritual healing program, it has become a universal component in addiction care. Unfortunately, millions of alcoholics are not good candidates for spiritual healing, and can best regain control of their lives throu

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Addiction - Why We Need the Detoxification Stage

Excerpted from End Your Addiction Now By Charles Gant, M.D. and Greg Lewis, Ph.D. With this in mind, the goals of the Detoxification stage of the Power Recovery Program are: Removing the sources of toxins that can poison your brain and body and can contribute to the nutritional deficiencies and biochemical imbalances that have put you at risk for substance problems Fortifying the "toxin barriers" of your digestive system so that toxins you ingest are not readily abs

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Smokers Can Have Stroke A Decade Earlier Than Others

By Margarita Nahapetyan Canadian scientists found yet another reason for smokers to quit the bad habit. According to the new evidence, people who smoke are three times more likely to suffer strokes or mini-strokes than their non-smoking counterparts. In addition to this, researchers from Ottawa stroke prevention clinic found that smokers tend to have strokes almost ten years earlier when compared to those who abstain from cigarettes.

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Overcoming Gambling Addiction

By Margarita Nahapetyan Gambling is an urge of playing a game in which money is normally at stake. There are many forms of such games including casinos, horse races, different kinds of lotteries, card rooms, and stock market betting. Although these kinds of games have been created for entertaining and recreational purposes, there are people who become addicted and who desire to gamble in spite of harmful negative consequences or a need to stop. &#

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Cocaine - No Level Is Safe

By Margarita Nahapetyan More than 3 per cent of "sudden deaths" in a region of south-west Spain, and probably across much of Europe, are associated with cocaine use, according to a new study released on Wednesday. The study found that cocaine use has risen sharply in recent years in Europe and that there is no such thing as "safe" recreational use of small amounts of the illegal drug. For the study purposes, pathologists performed for

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