Archive for December, 2014

The Power of Anger

The Power of Anger

The big book of Alcoholics Anonymous describes resentment in fairly bleak and stark terms. It says that resentment destroys more alcoholics than anything else and goes on to say that from it ( resentment) stem all forms of spiritual disease. Some people can get quite obsessive about the distinction between the words anger and resentment […]

Analysis is Paralysis – not.....

Analysis is Paralysis – not…..

One of the more attractive and also one of the more unattractive elements of meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous is the propensity for people to use sayings or phrases which sound quite simple and concise but tend to block any real discussion of issues around them. Anyone entering a rehab is likely to be exposed to […]

Alcoholism as an  illness.....

Alcoholism as an illness…..

The majority of people who work in rehabs and are involved in the day-to-day fellowships of Alcoholics Anonymous will probably have a sense of belief that alcoholism is an illness, although it is also often referred to as a disease. The notion of alcoholism as an illness really first took root in the 1930s during […]

Advice freely given....

Advice freely given….

Anyone who has been to an AA meeting, either in a rehab or elsewhere will have noticed the huge amount of advice, often unasked for advice, that is freely given and dispensed by members on virtually every single topic can be talked about. For many people this is not really that much of the problem, […]

Quotes

Quotes

Run while you have the light of life …..  Nobody who walks in the dark knows where he is going …… Prologue to Rule of St Benedict, John 12, 34 Spirituality, for me, means listening to the deeper levels of our experience with a sense that there is something completely trustworthy and good to be […]

What is a Medical Detox?

What is a Medical Detox?

The idea of a medical detox can be quite a scary one for anyone who is involved in active alcoholism and is afraid of stopping drinking at all, let alone having to manage the withdrawal effects of alcohol and/or any other drugs that they may be coming off. Anyone stopping drinking who is an alcoholic […]

What is an Holistic Drug Rehab ?

What is an Holistic Drug Rehab ?

Any rehab that offers treatment for anyone addicted to any type of drug, should in effect be an holistic rehab whether they call themselves that will not. It is an unfortunate fact that many people including rehabs use the word holistic because it appeals vert much to people’s sense of their own self-worth, and appeals […]

Action

Action

The word action has become symbolic in the context of 12-step recovery, largely because there is a chapter in the book Alcoholics Anonymous entitled ‘Into Action’ which a significant number of people use as a focus for a degree of pressure or bullying in terms of telling people in early recovery what they need to […]

Acceptance

Acceptance

The word acceptance is often held up as being the key element in any individual recognising that they need help for alcoholism or any other type of addiction. It has become almost a cliche to say that you cannot begin to get help for a problem until you begin to recognise that you have such […]

The Issue of Abuse

The Issue of Abuse

When most people hear the term of abuse, they generally tend to think of sexual abuse or some type of physical abuse or violence. Whilst these types of abuse are certainly a large part of the effects and consequences of active alcoholism and active addiction, there is a wider context to the whole issue of […]