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Dual Diagnosis Program

Dual diagnosis in addiction refers to patients who have both mental health issues and substance abuse problems. Some related terms (often synonymous) are comorbid or co-occurring disorders. The cases are made more complex than either by itself because of the interactions between addiction and mental illness. Each can drive the other. A classic example is ….

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12 Step Recovery Programs

The structure that started with Alcoholics Anonymous has spread far and wide in the 75 years since its inception. The 12 step model for recovery has been copied in a wide variety of areas where human beings struggle to overcome their harmful desires. While not all step programs necessarily pattern themselves after AA, most do. ….

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12 Step Program For Food Addiction

While the debates rage on about whether there should be a clinical, “official” diagnosis of food addiction, those who can’t control their eating aren’t waiting. They’ve found other resources, besides surgery and weight-loss clinics. Perhaps it’s summed up best by one statement, “My weight isn’t the problem, that’s a symptom of the real problem, my ….

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12 Step Bible

Although some AA members will refer to the AA Big Book as the “Bible” for their program, the Holy Bible has much to offer those in treatment. One excellent list of verses matched with the AA program — a 12 step bible — can be found at the Christian 12 step program site, Alcoholics Victorious. ….

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12 Step Prayers

One of the founding principles of AA and by extension, all other 12 step programs, is the reliance on a higher power for guidance and help. For Bill W, the founder of AA, this meant the peace and aid that comes from a heartfelt prayer. Since then, many prayers have been written around 12 step ….

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12 Step Principles

Along with the traditional twelve steps of AA, there are a series of linked principles. These restate and reinforce some of the issues common to the alcoholic community. Some refer to these as the virtues of Alcoholics Anonymous. Surrender – the act of admitting we are powerless on our own. Hope – also mentioned as ….

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Non-Religious Alcoholics Anonymous

There’s an old argument about whether Alcoholics Anonymous is a religion (or cult!) or not. The response to the charges is usually to stress that it’s spiritual instead of religious. The difference being the lack of a worship element. In any case, there is no denying that the founders had religious principles in mind and ….

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The Myth Of The Functional Alcoholic

The term high-functioning alcoholic was popularized by Sarah Allen Benton in her 2009 book, “Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic” and she claims that up to half of alcoholics fit her definition. Her claims support a kind of mythology among alcoholics at large. It’s the myth that has the appeal, not the actual existence of functioning alcoholics. ….

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