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Mental Illness and Addiction

Mental Illness and addiction are often present at the same time making either diagnosis difficult. Mental illness can masquerade as addiction and visa versa. In order to make an accurate diagnosis addiction must be addressed first. In the case of

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Keep Toxic People Out Of Your Life

Should we keep toxic people out of our life or should we be available to anyone that needs our help. I have a person in my life that I love very much but she has a crisis a minute and

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Addiction and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Addiction and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is called a Dual-Diagnosis and can be difficult to treat and live with. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is the body/mind response to a negative life changing experience. Most people have heard about

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Appropriate Sharing in Open Discussion Groups

Appropriate sharing in open discussion groups is something that many people struggle with. There are people who are fine with sharing their entire life story often making others feel uncomfortable. There are no rules for what to share and many

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Hungry, Angry, Lonely or, Tired

Hungry, angry, lonely or tired are four things we should not let ourselves become in sobriety. Alcoholics Anonymous has shortened this to Halt. They suggest that anyone of these situations can affect our sobriety. It is always important to eat

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Life After Jail or Rehab

Life after jail or rehab requires vigilance. In both of these there is a certain amount of security in that all of your decisions are made for you. What you eat, what you do all day is planned for you.

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What is the Twelfth Step of Alcoholics Anonymous?

The twelfth step of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is “Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principals in all our affairs”. A spiritual awakening is

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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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Addiction to Food

In the past when I have heard the word addiction, I immediately thought of alcohol and drugs. I now understand that not only am I addicted to drugs, alcohol and cigarettes, I am addicted to overeating as well. In some

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