Archive for January, 2015

What are Boundaries?

What are Boundaries?

Boundaries is a word that is often thought of as being used purely in therapy or in various types of psychobabble that many people in rehab and recovery work in 12 step fellowships will ignore or not go near. This is a real shame, as the idea of boundaries and an understanding and implementation of […]

The Nature of Blame

The Nature of Blame

The tendency to blame other people and institutions for whatt has happened to us tends to get a bad press, often being thought of as a bad way to think or a way of thinking that is a process where there is no escape. It is one area of emotional insight work that falls into […]

A Sense of Belonging

A Sense of Belonging

Anyone who has ever sat in a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous is likely to have heard at least one or more individuals say that whilst growing up and as adults they never felt as if they belonged, with a fitted in. They may not enlarge upon this feeling they had, they may not explain what […]

What is Balance?

What is Balance?

The idea of achieving balance in life can possibly seem quite a natural process for many people, depending on what sort of things they want to be in balance. Many people assume that this means managing a work/life/family balance so that the person has time for each of those, and can integrate them into a […]

What are Dual Diagnosis Rehab Centers?

What are Dual Diagnosis Rehab Centers?

The term dual diagnosis has in many ways achieved more of an important sense of status than it actually deserves. In literal terms, it means someone who is an alcoholic and is also addicted or has been addicted to other types of drugs, both prescription and nonprescription. In the world of rehabs, dual diagnosis is […]

What is the Cost of Drug Rehab Centers ?

What is the Cost of Drug Rehab Centers ?

Anyone thinking of going into a rehab would be well advised to get a firm understanding of the cost involved, as well as exploring cheap or free alternatives prior to making the decision to enter rehab. Most rehabs, if not all, deal with alcoholism and/or drug addiction as well as a range of other potential […]

Awareness, Acceptance and Action

Awareness, Acceptance and Action

These are often referred to as the 3 A’s, and tend to be essentially one of the slogans or sayings that are widely used in Al-Anon meetings. Whilst sayings like this may be the preserve of certain 12-step fellowships such as Al-Anon, the significance and importance of these sayings reaches far beyond one fellowship or […]

Awareness....

Awareness….

Anyone dealing with someone else’s active alcoholism is often baffled by the seeming lack of awareness that seems to pervade the thought process and the actions of the alcoholic themselves. It seems pretty obvious to everyone around the alcoholic that they have a drink problem, and the obvious solution is for them to stop. Even […]

Asking for Help

Asking for Help

Asking for help  – it has become almost something of a clichĂ© for anyone seeking help with alcoholism or an addiction to drugs or other substances to say that they have to acknowledge that they have a problem in order for anyone else to begin to help them. Whilst this is generally true, it is […]

What is Arrogance?

What is Arrogance?

Asking a question such as what is arrogance is almost potentially a bit arrogant of itself. The term arrogance can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. To many people it is a bit of a put down implying they are a bit of a know it all or they are speaking […]

What is Anxiety ?

What is Anxiety ?

To many people, the notion of feeling anxious is a fairly normal human reaction or emotion to certain situations that any individual might go through in life. Most people would not give it much of a second thought and would find a temporary solution to dealing with the anxiety that the situation provoked. To anyone […]

The Value of Anonymity

The Value of Anonymity

Many people will have heard the word anonymity in the context of organisations such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Anyone entering a rehab or treatment center for alcoholism or drug addiction of any type will probably have some sense of the importance of privacy and potential secrecy of other people not finding out that […]