Archive for March, 2013

Why the need for certainty ?

Why the need for certainty ?

The need for certainty in life may often present itself as a need for total security or total safety, and may seem a very natural and obvious need that many people strive for. When dealing with alcoholism and people who have entered a rehab, this question of the need for certainty takes on a very […]

What is trust in God?

What is trust in God?

The concept of trusting God begins for most people in childhood, with a sense that it adds a level of safety to the safety that a child hopefully feels within their family. It is unlikely to be spelt out in detail what this means, but will most likely be a felt sense of trust that […]

How do you rebuild trust ?

How do you rebuild trust ?

There is an implication in the question, that trust has been broken in some way and needs to be rebuilt by one or two parties. The whole question of trust and what it means to people is a hugely important one in recovery, as in life generally. In childhood, ideally a child will learn to […]

Research into high energy levels and alcoholism

Research into high energy levels and alcoholism

Research into why people drink excessively, become alcoholics, or simply heavy drinkers with an alcohol problem (if there is such a thing) is a hugely complex area because of the diverse nature of people, alcohol and the effects of alcohol on people. This piece of research done at Yale, and published in the Journal of […]

Targeting young addicts

Targeting young addicts

Article about how authorities in southern California are aiming to crack down on heroin addiction amongst young addicts ‘A heroin addict for years, Taylor Beatty is 22 years old, has been sober for a month, and says she faces a daily struggle against the drug that is addicting an increasing number of young people. “I […]

Rise in Prescription Drug Addiction

Rise in Prescription Drug Addiction

‘Can you name the leading cause of accidental death in the United States now?   It is prescription drug overdose.  Since 2009 death from legally prescribed narcotics has led auto accident deaths as the number one cause of accidental death in the United States.  More than 15000 die now annually.   How can we explain […]

Reality of Addiction

Reality of Addiction

Very moving story by mom of an Ontario 21-year-old who accidentally  overdosed on fentanyl, having struggled with addiction for a long time. ‘After struggling with addiction and mental health issues for years, Lockie accidentally overdosed on fentanyl, a prescription opioid painkiller vastly more powerful than morphine. “In the end I think he just didn’t realize […]

Science of addiction

Science of addiction

Can’t vouch for the scientific accuracy of this, but a very well thought out and presented article on the science of addiction, showing in very simplistic terms and diagrams some of the main beliefs about addiction and how it works in the human brain. Dr Urban D’Souza, School of Medicine, University Malaysia Sabah “You are […]

Drug Addiction - Harm Reduction or Abstinence ?

Drug Addiction – Harm Reduction or Abstinence ?

Interesting article concerning the approach by British Columbia to dealing with its problem of drug addiction. Basically a contrast between the different merits of various harm reduction techniques employed, against a complete absence of all drugs. Although this article focuses on the attitude of British Columbia, Canada – it is a debate that is highly […]

Conflict and Confrontation

Conflict and Confrontation

The very words conflict and confrontation often make people immediately wary, and many people will immediately back off any situation that could give rise to either of these two possibilities. This is true to an extent even in an alcoholic home, which is likely to have experienced extreme examples of conflict and confrontation quite possibly […]

Yes but ....

Yes but ….

The phrase yes but, may seem a fairly innocuous phrase, however in the context of alcoholism and recovery it can often be a very telling phrase, as it often indicates a particular attitude or in some cases obstinacy about the acceptance of a situation or a person that the other person does not want to […]

What are symptoms of alcoholism?

What are symptoms of alcoholism?

When a person is admitted to a rehab, one of the first things that they and their family will be told, both directly and indirectly is that alcoholism is an illness, and that an alcoholic as such, is a person who is suffering from that illness. Some people and literature refer to alcoholism as a […]

Accepting Sobriety

Accepting Sobriety

Sobriety can bring with it and normally does many new and different problems that both the alcoholic and their families are probably not expecting. There is normally an expectation prior to admission to a rehab and getting sober, that once sober there will be a sort of happy families situation that the alcoholic and their […]

Accepting Pain

Accepting Pain

The term acceptance and the term pain are not always necessarily linked, but have a fundamental connection with alcoholism, both active and in recovery. Acceptance is a word that is bandied about a lot by people, as being a precondition of being able to move forward at any level with any problem. It has become […]

Is Being Sober the Answer?

Is Being Sober the Answer?

This may seem a strange question, as many people, seeing the destructive nature of someone’s drinking will do everything they can to try and get the alcoholic to stop. This can include trying to get them into a rehab either through their own deliberations or possibly through some type of professional intervention. These people, well-meaning […]