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Inpatient Detox v. Outpatient Detox

In order to understand why outpatient detox for drug addicts and alcoholics rarely gives satisfactory results, we have to review a couple of things about addiction. Addiction is a compulsion to use a substance or behavior to alter the way we feel. However, it is more than that: it is a physical and emotional way …

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A Letter To A Friend In Treatment

Dear Ed, Addicts are people who don’t want to: don’t want to feel the pain, don’t want to be uncomfortable, don’t want to feel funny, don’t want to experience the negative at all.  But if we avoid all seemingly negative experiences, how will we appreciate it when we’re having a positive one?  How will we …

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Denial Ain’t A River In Africa

One of the most interesting – and potentially deadly – things about addictive disease is the denial. There’s a saying around the 12-step rooms (and around detox units and treatment centers) that addiction is the disease that tells you that you don’t have it. Denial has a variety of disguises, [Read more…]

Wherever you go, there you are…

Around the recovery community we often hear the expression “geographical cure.”  This refers to the seemingly obvious fact that regardless of where we go, we take our personalities, problems, and the ways we cope with issues right along with us.  In fact, “geographicals” are a physical expression of denial. Addiction is a disease.  As such, it does …

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Happy Birthday AA — 75 Years and Counting

June 10th, 2010, marks the 75th birthday of Alcoholics Anonymous, the first effective treatment for addiction. The American Medical Association began defining alcoholism as a disease in 1956. Not too long thereafter, they included other forms of addiction as well, but for some reason the disease concept of addiction has failed to gain wide public understanding. …

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It Works If You Work It

My wife and I are taking the next few days off. We’re driving up to Melbourne, where she will attend a conference of addiction counselors while I goof off, take pictures, and find things for us to do in her off hours. We’ll probably catch a meeting or two. A seaside hotel, ocean view. What’s …

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The Hidden Pain of the Addicted Family

Dr. Tian Dayton, a survivor of an addicted family, gives a clear explanation of the ways drug addiction and/or alcohol abuse affect the addict’s loved ones. In the 1960s, when my Dad got treatment, we all thought that once the alcoholic got sober, the rest of us in the family would sort of get better …

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