Gratitude in Recovery

Gratitude is Key in Addiction Recovery Some people say the A.A. should stand for Attitude Adjustment, and that is exactly what has to happen if a person has any chance at all at staying healthy in recovery or sober for any length of time. Here are some tips for gratitude in recovery to help you foster an “attitude of gratitude”: Make a gratitude list We suggest leaving the keyboard, and writing this out the old-fashioned way with pen and paper. If you are having trouble coming up with things you are grateful for, think about some really big things like breathing, eating, eyesight, friends and so on. Even if you don’t really feel grateful, write them down anyway, and in the process, you may find your attitude adjusting. Drop blame Remember, if you are pointing your finger at someone else,…

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Happy – Life Before & After Addiction

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Happy – A Time Before Addiction Do you remember being happy before addiction? Do you remember a more innocent era? Being happy? Can you recount a time when you could wake up and look at yourself in the mirror guilt free? Back then, you felt with every fiber of your being that life was good and held immense promise for you. Recall those early and easy days free of struggle. Sure, there were bad days. But even on your worst day, when things felt out of control, you found comfort knowing that things would work out. How great it would be to return to that point in your life. To simply be happy. Can you remember a time when the future looked bright? Perhaps you were young, starting out your life on your own. It was a time when the world…

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The Myth of Willpower in Alcoholism

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Willpower to Recover from Alcoholism is a Myth It makes sense that some people think alcoholics just need willpower to recover from alcoholism. It seems that will-power can be used to lose weight, get good grades or a new job – but with the disease of alcoholism self-will just doesn’t work. What We Hear About Willpower To Recover From Others: If he really wanted to quit, he would.   She has always been selfish and weak-willed. You’d think she stay sober for her kids.   Why does he always overdo it when we are drinking? He has no will-power to stop when he should. These are common sentiments we hear from people who do not understand the disease of addiction. We don’t blame people for thinking like that, it is not our job to educate the whole world about alcoholism.…

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Question Your Addiction Beliefs

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Self-Inquiry – A Path from Mistaken Addiction Beliefs To Recovery Once you begin to question your addiction beliefs, the path to recovery has begun. People often experience amazement when they get to treatment or into the rooms of recovery for the first time. Most people think the problem is with their consumption of alcohol, other drugs, or destructive behavior like codependency.  Then they hear in the rooms that the alcohol is only a symptom of the real problem. When you question beliefs, you may be surprised. What starts to reveal offers hope for further growth. WHAT? The Problem Isn’t the Alcohol or other Drugs? Nope. Sure it may seem surprising, but you know what? The substance use is not the problem. There is a well known saying in the rooms of recovery: If you are a problem drinker, and you quit drinking,…

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Choosing the Best Private Pay Drug Rehab For You

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Different Types of Addiction Treatment Centers There are many types of drug rehab alcohol treatment centers in the world to choose from. There are many state and provincially funded centers for those with limited financial resources.  More often than not these facilities have long wait lists and are crowded. Staff is often under-educated, underpaid and overworked – although surely well-intended. Your roommates may be coming from the penal system, and not really interested in getting clean and sober, but rather staying out of prison.  You can read more about government subsidized treatment here. Read on to learn about choosing the best private pay drug rehab for you. Private Pay Drug Rehab For people with any type of financial means, the clear choice is private pay drug rehab. There are many such facilities in the United States and Canada, and indeed,…

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Scared of Alcohol & Drug Addiction Treatment!

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Afraid of Addiction Treatment? I Went Anyway, and am so Glad I Did! You’re at the spot in your addiction that you just can’t take it anymore. You are scared of drug treatment, but you can’t take the life threatening situations that putting harmful substances into your body gives. You are looking for a new way of life, but you’re scared of alcohol or drug treatment. Many people want to get better but don’t know how. Addiction rehab treatment is an option—maybe the best option—but you are terrified of walking through the front doors. You ask yourself, “Am I really an addict? Am I an alcoholic? Am I ready for drug treatment?” You contemplate your surroundings during addiction. You debate with the end results that they could bring: “Jails, institutions or something worse…” You tell yourself, “I want to change, but I’m…

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Father’s Day and Addiction Recovery

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Addiction Recovery Father’s Day is a special day of celebration and reverence for most. A time set aside to honor that magical relationship between a father and his cherished children. Addiction Changes Everything Sadly though, many families today live with the pain of alcoholism or substance abuse. For these unfortunate souls, Father’s Day opens old wounds and recalls memories of abuse and sadness. For children living with an alcoholic or drug-addict dad, Father’s Day is an emotional struggle. A struggle wrought with confusion, resent, and pain. People who grow up in the presence of addicted dads endure a lifetime of suffering. The dysfunction can span those formative years as children, through adolescence and up to the socially sensitive teen years. These are important years as they seek to establish their identities. Into adulthood, they themselves often become addicts modeled after their…

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How Do I Know If I Need Rehab?

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Is It Time For Rehab Yet? Going to rehab can seem like a radical thing to do. It is one thing to admit we have a ‘bit of a problem’, but isn’t residential treatment only required for the most serious cases? Even if family or friends are advocating this type of help, we can still feel resistant to the idea – as well as resentful that it is being suggested at all. Subjectively determining our needs in regards to addiction treatment can be tricky, and there is a real risk that we will underestimate the amount of support and help that is required. If we were diagnosed with cancer, we would probably want the best treatment available, but subtle denial means we can fail to see how the same applies to an addiction (which is equally serious). We humans easily…

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How Do I Pay For Drug Rehab?

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How Do I Pay For Drug Rehab? It is very unlikely that anyone has ever saved up a fund just in case they ever needed to go to some form of addiction treatment, codependency therapy, or drug rehab. We hear of college funds, but no parent ever plans on their child needing addiction treatment. Addiction is an equal opportunity disease Addiction in it’s various forms and expression is an equal opportunity disease. Addiction cares not whether you have a doctoral level education. Alcoholism never asks what color your skin is, or who your parents are.  Codependency, alcoholism and other addictions know no socio-economic boundaries, is not concerned with your age, how many languages you can speak, or if you can carry a tune. Locked up or covered up Addiction, like lightning, strikes wherever it likes, sometimes taking one in a…

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