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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-...
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Addiction is a disease in a similar way to type 2 diabetes is a disease. To make the analogy, we should look at type 2, or adult onset, diabetes. First, we know there is a...
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In a world that is becoming increasingly more secular, some people express a real sensitivity to religion and religious topics. Spirituality itself is no longer accepted by...
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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...
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There’s a ongoing criticism of Alcoholics Anonymous: the program inflates what should be a simple and straightforward behavior change into an extended, sometimes years-long...
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There’s sometimes a link drawn between AA and Christianity. Historically this is accurate, and early writings do assume the membership at least has a nodding acquaintance...
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Sponsorship in 12 step programs is a serious business. Essentially, it’s about mentoring someone, but there is much more than just showing them the ropes. For many new...
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We all need a little break from the seriousness of recovery. Humor can be good medicine. Watch out though, some of these border on racy – adults only please. Q: Why did the...
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Alcoholics Anonymous is almost always voluntary (it can be court ordered for some set period). Members do drift in and out, even though alcoholism is thought to be a lifelong...
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There are two meanings for the phrase “dual recovery.” The first is someone who is addicted to more than one (unrelated) substance or behavior. Sometimes it’s one substance...

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