Dual diagnosis is a term used when a person has a mood disorder such as depression or anxiety alongside a problem with alcohol or drugs. So, going back to the analogy of having a headache, people suffering from dual diagnosis will use drugs to mask the symptoms of their mood disorders, which in turn causes more harm.
The Celebrate Recovery versus Alcoholics Anonymous discussion When I originally wrote about Celebrate recovery, almost two years ago it was enjoyed by some, but not a "popular" article. What has blown my mind is the comment section. It has taken on a life of its own. So it only made sense, to pull it out, … Continue reading Is “Celebrate Recovery” A Good Alternative to 12-Step Programs?
I feel that sometimes the fellowship in recovery doesn’t get the credit it is due. Sometimes you go meetings and you will hear someone say that fellowship will not keep you sober and that the fellowship and the program are two very different things. I even heard someone say in a meeting that they didn’t … Continue reading Your Friends In Sobriety Can Make or Break You
Celebrity Addiction Addiction does not discriminate, we know that. It doesn’t matter who you are or who you know, how much or how little you have, or how young or old you are. Addiction can affect anyone. Movie stars, celebrities and other public figures are no exception. In fact, the lifestyle seems to encourage the … Continue reading 8 Celebrities That Have Overcome Addiction
Providing general information to people about AA, is a very complicated task for me. That's because it can be a polarizing (and sometimes delicate) subject. It shouldn't be. In short -- AA is a non-profit group that helps people with alcohol problems. There's no leader, there's no religious affiliations and there are no fees or requirements to … Continue reading Unraveling some of the mystery and controversy of Alcoholics Anonymous
I am a blackout drunk. I am also a 32 year old woman, who has a successful career. I am married to a wonderful man, and we have 2 small children. We live in sunny California. Today, I am in a good place. I feel happy and secure. It's an amazing feeling, especially when you compare it to where I was nine months ago. I don’t want to forget how bad I felt.
if you are dying from a hopeless condition (like substance abuse or mental illness) and you find a solution that has gives you a second chance on life -- good for you. I am happy for anyone who has experienced recovery, regardless of how they did it. And frankly, I am so grateful, not to be suffering from alcoholism, addiction and/or mental illness, I could care less what you call it. I never want to feel that way again. The bottom line - if you are going to hate something, I want to hear a solution (at the end of your rant) otherwise it's just a waste of time.
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?
A few weeks ago I had a strange conversation with a guy after an AA meeting. Ok, I know that strange conversations after meetings are more the norm, than the exception. However, this was almost surreal, because this gentlemen really hated almost everything about AA. First, he told me about his disgust with any Christian based religion (nothing … Continue reading Alternate Alcoholic and Addiction Recovery – even Moderation
If you are familiar with The Big Book of Alcoholic Anonymous then read on … I think you will enjoy the following nuggets of information. Let’s start with the name “Big Book”. It is actually a nickname. It was used to describe the book (it the first printing) because of the thickness of the paper … Continue reading AA Big Book Myths Tidbits and Trivia