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Can You Actually Stay Sober Without AA?

Can you actually stay sober without AA? Absolutely! AA is only of many ways to achieve and maintain sobriety. In fact, AA has a pretty dismal success rate. Addiction treatment professionals peg its average long-term effectiveness (meaning maintaining sobriety with no relapses for at least one full year) at somewhere between 8 and 12 percent. This is terrible and probably not much better than no program at all. Many people have indeed managed to defeat an addiction and maintain sobriety on their own for many years. True, this is not the norm. Most people will need help to quit, especially for drugs with severe withdrawal syndromes like the opioids. For sure, stopping even a 30-milligram daily oxycodone habit would produce powerful withdrawal symptoms that most

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What Is The Best Way To Deal With Drug Addict Neighbors?

It can be hard for neighbors to know how to deal with drug addicts living near them. It’s not something that comes up often, but all it takes is one time of getting up early in the morning after a noisy party and finding your front lawn damaged by a massive hole dug by someone on drugs to understand the couple’s view of this issue. This article will cover ways to deal with drug addict neighbors and will help you decide what you should do in the event of such a situation. What Is Substance Abuse? Substance abuse is a broad term that refers to any substance a person uses and causes damage to their life. It may be alcohol, tobacco, or any other drug

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How to Help My Alcoholic Husband Cut Back?

How to help my alcoholic husband cut back? You can’t. There is nothing you can do to get your husband to stop drinking or to even cut back because if he’s an alcoholic, by definition then he’s addicted. His brain is dependent on alcohol to function. He cannot control or limit his alcohol intake. If he could do that, he wouldn’t be an alcoholic in the first place. You can help your husband by first educating yourself about alcoholism. You must also understand just how dangerous alcohol is. It’s the third leading cause of preventable death in this country. Alcoholics face many health risks: Heart damage Liver disease High blood pressure Various cancers Brain damage Kidney, bladder and prostate disease Alcohol is a toxin. In

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How to forgive a recovering drug addict?

Forgiving is a tough thing to do. It’s hard enough forgiving someone who has wronged you once, but how about when that person has been hurting you for years? When they have taken everything from you and not given anything back in return? How do you forgive a recovering drug addict? Finding the strength to forgive a recovering addict takes time. When you face so much pain and betrayal from someone you once loved more than anything, it’s hard to find it in your heart to do something as simple as letting go. However, even if you are struggling to forgive a loved one trying desperately to get their life back together, you have to try. Remember… Remember that no one chooses to struggle with

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What if Rehab Doesn’t Work?

Fear of relapse is a very real issue for people in nearly all stages of addiction recovery. Surprisingly, failure is so common that it’s actually considered an expected part of the recovery process. You’re virtually guaranteed to encounter moments of overwhelming temptation and cravings, just as you’re sure to experience extraordinary stress, painful encounters, and other negative circumstances, emotions, and triggers. Recovering from drug or alcohol addiction is a lifelong process. This complex disease has a long-term effect on how the brain and body function. Fortunately, there’s always a variety of support services for bringing your recovery back on track, and for limiting the impact that relapse events have on your life. It’s important to note that relapsing doesn’t always mean what people think it

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How to Get a Family Member Committed to Rehab

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) confirmed that over 13 percent of Americans started or increased their use of drugs and substances in 2020 June to cope with the impact of the global pandemic. But from time immemorial, drug and substance abuse has been a prevalent problem in the US and the world at large. Addiction is a severe disorder, but it can be treated. Due to the seriousness of the problem, experts have developed research-based strategies to enable victims to overcome substance abuse and resume normal lives. However, in extreme cases, the victim must be committed to rehab to achieve desired results. But the challenge lies in convincing your loved one to go for rehabilitation to obtain sobriety. Let’s discuss how you can

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The 12 Principles of AA

How can the principles of recovery help you from drug and alcohol addiction? Well, for one, the use of any substance is a symptom of a deeper problem. Therefore, addressing the root of the issues is incredibly important after gaining a daily reprieve from the obsession and compulsion to fill that void. As you begin to work the 12 Steps, you will see that each one of them has a principle. These principles help us to gain back some of what we lost through our addiction. Many of these principles may feel like a foreign concept, but they can become a foundation for a productive, responsible life full of meaning by working the steps. The Twelve Principles of AA The twelve steps can be broken

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What is the best treatment for substance abuse?

Whether you someone close to you is an addict or you are suffering from that disease yourself, there are some questions that you may find yourself asking often. One of these questions is: what is the best treatment for substance abuse? If the answer to this question was simple or easy, drug and alcohol addiction would not plague modern society as badly as they do now. Fortunately, there are extremely valuable resources out there that addicts can access in order to ensure that they receive the best substance abuse treatment possible. Even if an addict is only living in the early stages of substance abuse, inpatient treatment, group therapy, and sober living can still be lifesaving tools for them. It is important to remember that

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How to Deal With Your Friend or Family Members Alcoholism?

What can you do when you’re watching someone destroy their life struggling with a substance use disorder? The problem doesn’t even have to involve illegal drugs or prescription painkiller misuse. Alcoholism can be as devastating as any drug problem. One hurdle is how prevalent alcohol is in society. Frequently, drinking alcohol is viewed as a personal privilege. However, when it reaches a level of abuse, it affects everyone around the alcoholic. So how can you deal with a friend or family member’s alcoholism? There are strategies to help encourage someone who has a problem with alcohol to get help. However, there are things you can do or say which will make the situation worse. Let’s talk about how you can deal with a friend or

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Why Should I Stay Sober?

Even though alcohol is legal to purchase for any individual over the age of 21, it’s a substance with the most potent and addictive qualities associated with it. And unlike harder drugs that flood our communities, it’s socially accepted without our society and a common pastime for millions of adults across the nation. Given these characteristics, it’s no surprise why alcohol grips the lives of so many individuals within the rehabilitation system. What about the individual who is on the fence about becoming sober but can’t see the benefits? For them, a sober lifestyle seems boring, bland and restrictive, but the opposite is true. If this description hits close to home, here’s why staying sober is better than remaining intoxicated. Clarity and Foresight If there’s

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