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Hitting Rock Bottom

What does it take to create real change? Well, for alcoholics and drug addicts, it’s usually the pain of using becoming more than the pain of not using. For each it is different. There is no “one size fits all” for rock bottom. In the most extreme case, some addicts never hit it at all. ….

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Online 12 Step Meetings

There is no shortage of formal and informal 12 step meetings online. The best selection comes with the groups that have been around awhile – AA and NA – but there are meetings for most 12 step programs. There are too many to list here, but directories are available here and here. So what are the upsides ….

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The Hijacked Brain

Nature is truly bizarre. For instance, there is a fungus native to the jungles of Thailand that infects ants and turns them into zombies. The fungal parasite secretes chemicals that changes ant behavior to serve its own ends. And the behaviors are scary in their specificity. At one point in the process, it causes confusion, ….

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Is Addiction A Disease Or A Choice?

If you want to start an argument in almost any treatment setting, that’s the question to ask. Underlying the answers you get will be a deep question about responsibility. If it’s a choice, well then, addicts bear the entire weight of their poor choice. In fact, it’s probably better to say it’s a character flaw. ….

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Addicted To God

What an odd phrase that is. To understand it, we need to take a look at what being addicted means. The standard definition doesn’t do much good here, but I’ll offer another. Addiction is usually defined as: “The state of being enslaved to a habit, characterized by compulsive behavior that is damaging to the addict.” ….

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Alateen Meetings

One of the difficulties young people face with an alcoholic family member are different than adults face. But just like adults they can benefit by talking to peers about the situation. Alateen meetings are meant to address this need. If they are drinking themselves, AA will accept them, but Alateen meetings are a branch of ….

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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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Non 12 Step Recovery Programs

For various reasons, some alcoholics and addicts shy away from 12 step programs. Sometimes it’s the structure or the reliance on spiritual principles. For others, they fear a group setting or they’ve heard about medications and other treatments not available in the 12 step community. I’ve even heard some complain about the lack of anonymity ….

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The “Easy Does It” Mantra

There’s a lot of solid, accumulated wisdom that has come out of AA and other addiction self-help groups. It would be nice to see some of these principles adopted by the larger population of non-addicts. The “Easy Does It” slogan is one of those. When someone first starts attending meetings – and they’re sober enough, for ….

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Is Alcoholics Anonymous A Cult?

In 1998, Charles Bufe wrote a book that criticized AA called, “AA: Cult or Cure?” The book is available online. He does a pretty good job of laying out the history of AA, its links to religion, and how AA is practiced today. But, in the end, Mr. Bufe cannot come to a solid, unambiguous conclusion. ….

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