Month: January 2010

Resentments and Anger Are Poison for the Alcoholic

Resentments and anger are poison for the alcoholic; there is nothing that can take us down faster. The truth is that alcoholics are notorious for resentments and blaming their drinking on everyone but themselves. Some imagined slight of 25 years

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Should a Drug Addict Ever Take Narcotics?

As an addict, I have wrestled with the question, “Should a drug addict ever take narcotics?” Some people in the AA and NA community feel that the answer is no. Others feel that as long as you are in a

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Al-Anon and Alateen

Al-anon is an organization formed to help the families of an alcoholic. It was started about 55 years ago by Lois Wilson and Anne Smith.  Lois and Anne were the wives of Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith the founders

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Humor in Alcoholism

Is there humor in alcoholism? Alcoholism is a deadly disease and must be taken seriously. However, the ability to laugh at ourselves has always been therapeutic no matter what we are facing. Many years ago, my first sponsor in Alcoholics

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How to Spot the Signs of a Drinking Problem

Many people wonder how to spot the signs of a drinking problem. Whether it is the family of a possible alcoholic, or the person that is doing the drinking, some people need confirmation. Who wants to think they are married

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Are You the Parent of an Addicted Child?

Are you the parent of an addicted child? I am too. It is heartbreaking when something happens to your child and you feel unable to help them. Drug abuse is one of the hardest things to deal with concerning your

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Is Sobriety Possible Without AA or NA?

Is sobriety possible without AA or NA? Many people, including myself have stayed sober with out Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. I managed to stay clean and sober on my own for eight years. My father stayed sober for 15

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Gratitude is Essential for Alcoholics and Addicts

Gratitude is essential for alcoholics and addicts in recovery. Here are some things to be grateful for: For being sober. For making well thought out decisions For bad days that make us appreciate the good days. For remembering what we

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God Grant Me the Serenity

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can’t change Courage to change the things I can And the wisdom to know the difference This is part of a prayer written many years ago by Reinhold Niebuhr. It

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Life After Rehab

The day comes when you have to go home. My experience with leaving a rehab is that life immediately tries to bite you in the butt. In rehab, there is a schedule that literally tells you what you need to

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