Tag: Alcoholics Anonymous

One Day At A Time

One day at a time is one of the slogans that Alcoholics Anonymous uses as a tool for staying sober. AA has many wonderful slogans and at times I have found strength in almost all of them. The term “One

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Alcoholism in the Elderly

Alcoholism in the elderly population is on the rise. It isn’t always noticed by family members because symptoms are attributed to the aging process. Alcohol related medical problems are responsible for more hospitalizations in the elderly than heart attacks. It

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Admitted We Were Powerless Over Alcohol

“We admitted we were powerless over alcohol and our lives had become unmanageable” is the first step of Alcoholics Anonymous. It seems pretty straight forward, but it is the toughest step an alcoholic or addict can take. It doesn’t matter

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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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