People do recover, every single day. From alcoholism and addiction, mental illness, abuse and trauma, depression, eating disorders and more, people do get better. They rarely do it alone. The Twelve Step program/organization/fellowship is one that bases its principles of recovery on the effective Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, AA. A frequent abbreviation for Twelve Step programs is '*A' since many Twelve Step groups have 'Anonymous' as the last word in their name. Use of full names does happen within various meetings, but is not encouraged.
The phrase that is often used is "working the program.” Now, what does that mean for those who are outside and don't understand. What is working the program? Well, some people might think, "Does it mean going to meetings?" Yes, going to meetings is part of it, but it is a much larger thing. It is getting a sponsor; it is working on Steps; it is going on retreats; it is working a learning process; it is being in training; it is every day, using meditations, doing reflections, working, working on your recovery. That is working a program. Going to a meeting is simply a celebration and a sharing of the progress that you've made.
An addict faces many hurdles on the road back from the insanity of addiction. So many addicts become overwhelmed along the way and fall back into using. Cravings, Guilt and Depression are the primary barriers that an addict encounters.These barriers are almost impossible to break free of, and cause him to remain in the enslavement of addiction. A drug addict usually does not know he is out of control. He looks at his drug-using peers and his own use appears normal in comparison. He needs objective feedback on his behavior.
It was once thought that an alcoholic or other drug abuser had to "hit bottom" before help could be offered and accepted; that a drug addict could only get better if he was self-motivated to change. This has changed to the view that a skilled professional counselor can motivate an addict toward recovery. This is called intervention. Intervention is a process that helps an addict recognize the extent of his problem. Through a on-judgmental, non-critical, systematic process, the drug addict is confronted with the impact of his alcoholism or drug use on others.
The goal of intervention is for him to accept the reality of his drug addiction and to seek help. Unless and until the person really wants recovery most treatment centers are reluctant to participate since there are so many others who want the treatment. While drug abuse and alcoholism is becoming more prevalent, effective drug and alcohol rehabilitation and treatment is scarce and hard to find.
These days, heroin, crack, methamphetamine, cocaine,
LSD, ketamine, MDMA
or ecstasy and other drugs are being more heavily abused by adolescents
and adults than ever before. Families suffer huge losses while the drug
addict steals, lies, gets arrested and goes to jail. Addicts cannot
stop using drugs for two reasons. These are: 1) Cravings caused by
drug residues which remain in the body. 2) The
Biochemical Personality caused by drugs and the lifestyle of the addict.
Some of the characteristics are:
Dissociation is the mind's unique ability to separate itself from the
overwhelming experience of trauma in order to attempt to maintain some
degree of integrity. Dissociation
is spoken of as "standing outside
If we can deny the tragedy implied by a disfunctional and broken family, then denial of addiction may be relatively easy by comparison. People all have some level of denial and rationalizations, telling themselves that what is true is somehow ok, even when it isn't. Denial is usually the surest sign of an addictive personality.
Online Recovery Resources
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Alcoholism & Addiction
Narconon Addiction Treatment
Stop Addiction: Drug Addiction
Treatment for Teen Addictions
Advanced Addiction Treatment-Not 12
Addiction - Online Counseling Center
Capital District Center For Trauma and
Do You Have a Teen With Problems?
Chemical Dependency Treatment
At Sober Living - links
Help For Troubled Teens
Drug and Alcohol Program - links
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Addiction - Divorce Support
CubeCentral-Helping People in
on the Rocks
Solutions to the Drug Problem
Free Yourself From Addiction
Center for Innovative Treatment
Home SMART Recovery-
Information about Recovery from alcohol , drug and substane abuse
Recovery ~ Geri's Recovery Music
Dual Recovery Anonymous - a 12 Step
Page - GROWW - Grief Recovery Online
Rational Recovery Rational Recovery, a program of abstinence from drug and alchohol addiction.
Sobriety and Recovery Resources Alcoholics Anonymous Click on this Internet Keyword to go directly to the site at recoveryresources.org.
SMART Recovery Click on this Internet Keyword to go directly to the site at smartrecovery.org.
Home Recovery Feedback This is the homepage of homerecovery.
Recovery Net: Alcoholism &
Christians in Recovery
Trauma Recovery and
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Hazelden Recovery Site - non-profit organization providing rehabilitation, education, prevention, and professional services and publications in chemical dependency and related disorders.
Web Directory: Stories of Recovery & Personal Experiences - links to pages describing the personal experiences of people with autism, mood disorders, and schizophrenia.
Your Alcoholism Recovery
The Shame of Toxic Shame - John Bradshaw helps explain the dangers of what he calls toxic shame.
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