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Who Convinced You To Go To AA, And How?

If you spend much time around addicts, you’ll quickly discover that just about everyone has some type of origin story that they’ll share about how they decided to get sober. In fact, I think that one of the most common questions people ask in the beginning is who convinced you to go to to AA and how. The answer to this question is often intertwined with other stories such as how someone knew that they’d hit rock bottom, or you may even hear someone claim that they never had a bottom since they were able to get help before everything went wrong. For me, the decision to go to AA came about slowly. I wish I could pin my decision to go to rehab on

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What Was Your First Al-Anon Meeting Like?

What was your first Al-Anon meeting like? Did you know what to expect, or did you just show up and hope for the best? If you’re interested in attending an Al-Anon meeting but don’t have any experience with meetings, this blog post is for you. In it, we’ll discuss what to expect from a typical Al-Anon meeting as well as how to prepare yourself. 1. What to Expect in Al-Anon Meeting What can you expect from an Al-Anon meeting? The actual content of the meeting is different for everyone, but some things are more or less standard. You can expect to hear from people who grew up with an alcoholic relative and have been helped by Al-Anon. There will be a “speaker,” someone who tells

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What is an Opioid?

Doctors use opioids to help patients get relieved from acute pain. You should be cautious when using this medicines. They can be harmful if overused. One should only use opioids under the doctor’s prescription. Doctors use this medicine on patients who have undergone surgery. They also prescribe it to patients with extreme pain from other treatments. So, you need to use this medicine under the doctor’s prescription. Medical practitioners discourage sharing of drugs. This is because you receive your drug prescription according to your body mass. You should avoid over-the-counter opioid medications. This is because they put you at risk of taking an overdose. Opioid drugs come from poppy plants, such as morphine. Experts also manufacture it through laboratory procedures. Medicines manufactured in the laboratory

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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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