After being sober for many years, this is my Al-Anon summary. Hang with me because I am embarrassed by my lack of knowledge. There was a guy named Bill Wilson, who started an organization called Alcoholics Anonymous. He was married to a woman named Lois. This poor lady stayed by his side during his terrible drinking … Continue reading 9 Ways I empowered myself by someone else’s addiction
People who attend mutual aid/support groups often find a deep sense of fit--a sense of finally discovering and connecting to the whole of which one is a part. Within this community of like-minded individuals, mutual aid/support groups help you take responsibility for your alcohol and drug problems and for your recovery.
Learn more about family support groups. There are many choices to pick from. Don't blow this off! Family education groups provide information about the nature of a substance use disorder; its effects on the loved one, the family, and others; the nature of relapse and recovery; and family dynamics. These groups often motivate families to become more involved in treatment.
Alcohol and Drug addictions have been around for a long time. In the United States, treatment methods have evolved greatly over the last few hundred years. Do you want to learn a little about what has taken place -- then read on. But note: this is not a history lesson -- it's a brief chronology … Continue reading Alcoholism and Drug Addiction – Several Hundred Years
Part one talked about the 12-step fellowship called Al-Anon. As a quick review — Al-Anon is a group that can help a person who is in pain, caused by a loved one’s alcoholism or addiction. But, what if you have tried five or six meetings and it just does not work for you? Or, what if … Continue reading Is an alcoholic or drug addict making you sick Part 2
I had many beliefs about Al-Anon, that were embarrassingly untrue. My first error, was thinking it was a group of miserable people (mostly women) who sat in a circle and complained about their drunk spouses. Not true. I also thought that people attended Al-Anon to learn how to change someone else's drinking problem. Not true. Al-Anon helps you … Continue reading Is someone else’s Alcoholism (or addiction) making you sick?
Are you a person who attempts to derive a sense of purpose through relationships with others.