Thursday, March 28, 2013

Traditional Ten

"Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never to be drawn into public controversy." NEVER since it began has Alcoholics Anonymous been divided by a major controversial issue. Nor has our Fellowship ever publicly taken sides on any question in an embattled world. This, however, has been no earned virtue. It could almost be said that we were born with it, for, as one old-timer recently declared, "Practically never have I heard a heated religious, political, or reform argument among A.A. members. So long as we don't argue these matters privately, it's a cinch we never shall publicly." As by some deep instinct, we A.A.'s have known from the very beginning that we must never, no matter what the provocation, publicly take sides in any fight, even a worthy one.- from the chapter on tradition ten from the AA Twelve and Twelve 

As opinionated as alcoholics can be at times there has been tremendous respect for this tradition. It is imperative that we stick to our side of the street when it comes to giving our opinions on a public level. When we first got sober by going through a alcohol and drug rehab, AA, or Above It All many of us were filled with thoughts and ideas that often flooded us but as time went on we realized we needed to focus on important things like the fact that we have been so blessed to have received alcohol addiction detox and recover from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. We learn how to find a happy medium between feeling like we have a voice and being sure that we are not affecting AA as a whole with our opinions.

Forming Sober Bonds

“For you will escape disaster together and you will commence shoulder to shoulder your common journey. Then you will know what it means to give of yourself that others may survive and rediscover life. You will learn the full meaning of “love thy neighbor as thyself.” It may seem incredible that these men are to become happy, respected, and useful once more. How can they rise out of such misery, bad repute and hopelessness? The practical answer is that since these things happened among us, they can happen with you.”- pg. 153 from the chapter entitled “A vision for you” from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

When we get sober there is a bond that is formed between us and our fellows in recovery. It is a bond that exists because only we know what it is like to recover from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body of that variety. When we were using many of us had become isolated, withdrawn, and miserable. The idea that one day we might be able to get drug or alcohol detox seemed impossible .The fact is that we all have a chance to recover if we are able to do the work through Above It All, AA, or a drug addiction detox. When we get sober we find there is a huge amount of magic, happiness, and freedom in the life we live and the sober experiences we have. It is an amazing selfless path that we get to travel and when we are ready we get to “pay it forward” for fun and for free so that someone else may see the experience, strength, and hope that exists through this way of living. 

Working With Others

“We vigorously commenced this way of living as we cleaned up the past. We have entered the world of the Spirit. Our next function is to grow in understanding and effectiveness. This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime. Continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and fear. When these crop up, we ask God at once to remove them. We discuss them with someone immediately and make amends quickly if we have harmed anyone. Then we resolutely turn our thoughts to someone we can help.” - pg. 84 from the chapter entitled “ Into Action” from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

After we have gone through Above It All Treatment Center, AA, or drug addiction detox and have picked up the tools needed in order to live a sober life it is imperative that we “pay it forward” and start helping others. When we start feeling uneasy or our character defects start cropping up then nothing will insure immunity from the first drink like extensive work with a newcomer. Through providing alcohol detox to someone else we are able to get out of ourselves and are able to see things from a different perspective. Through working with others we are able to recall where we came from as well as provide hope to people with less experience , or time sober than us. When we approach life from an altruistic angle we are able to have gratitude for the things that we have as opposed to focusing on the things we don’t. When we take contrary action we are able to start over and change our perception

Monday, March 25, 2013

Circulation Issues Caused By Alcohol

Alcohol often contributes to a variety of life’s ills, including liver disease and car accidents. What many people don’t know is that it can also negatively impact our body’s circulation, resulting in issues such as stroke and high blood pressure. Though moderate alcohol intake has been shown to reduce these risks, excessive use only serves to exacerbate them. 


Studies performed by the National Stroke Association reveal that moderate alcohol consumption (2 drinks per day) can effectively reduce stroke risks. However, consuming additional quantities will ultimately triple one’s chances of a stroke experience later in life.


When used in moderation, alcohol works to dilate our body’s blood vessels, removing stress from the heart. Consuming 3+ alcoholic beverages requires the heart to work harder, making us vulnerable to circulation issues.

Blood Pressure

Excessive alcohol intake places users at risk for high blood pressure – The leading cause of stroke.

Red Wine

Studies have show that moderate consumption of red wine actually serves as a preventative measure in heart disease prevention. In fact, European countries who consume red wine more frequently, show lower heart disease rates.


Alcohol can often conflict with medications, including those used for circulatory issues. Make sure to consult with your physician regarding alcohol use prior to taking with prescription drugs.

Need Help?

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Your Addiction Combat Guide

Addiction is basically defined as a perpetual relapse. The effects of addiction on learning and decision-making may help explain why so many individual struggle to overcome it. Recovery is a lifetime commitment, requiring consistency and dedication to ensure healthy decisions are made.


1 – Ask for support. Take a close look at area organizations and groups who offer support to individuals in recovery. Consider the possibility of counseling, and understand that medication may aid your goals.

2 – Dedicate yourself to change. Commit to a path that supports your desire to fight off addiction. Take a long hard look at yourself and pick out the areas that require change to support your recovery.

3 – Take charge and responsibility! Though change is often difficult in the early stages, with enough time and dedication, the new will become routine. Onward and upward!

4 – Map out a list of values to help ward off addiction. Write out what’s most important to you and make statements that declare their value. Values often include healthy, family, achievement, self respect, community and consciousness.

5 – Take some time to get to know yourself again! It’s not uncommon for addicts to lose themselves within the addiction. Pay close attention to your emotions, how you react to difficult situations, and the feelings that occur afterward. In order to move forward, you must first move inward.

6 – Consider drug rehab options. In many cases, it just simply isn’t enough to “want” recovery. By choosing to seek professional help for your addiction, you stand a much higher chance of achieving and maintaining sobriety, while learning to combat the trials and emotions it commonly evokes. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Getting Sober - Now

 “ If he is not interested in your solution, if he expects you to act only as a banker for his financial difficulties or a nurse for his sprees, you may have to drop him until he changes his mind. This he may do after he gets hurt some more. If he is sincerely interested and wants to see you again, ask him to read this book in the interval. After doing that, he must decide for himself whether he wants to go on. He should not be pushed or prodded by you, his wife, or his friends. If he is to find God, the desire must come from within.” - pg. 95 from the chapter entitled “Working With Others” from The Big Book Of Alcoholics Anonymous

In order to get to the place where we are open to receiving inpatient drug rehab most of us have to first get to the place where we are so desperate that we are able to surrender. When it comes to drug and alcohol abuse it is more than a matter of not having enough will power it is an allergy of the body and a disease that centers in the mind therefor most of us are not successful when it comes to trying to quit on our own. Through the help of a drug addiction detox, or AA we are able to recover from this seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. This is a self-diagnosed disease. Only you know if drugs and/or alcohol are a problem and only you can decide to take the steps towards getting the help that you need.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Heroin Addiction: Aversion Therapy

The final model of psychological drug rehab treatment to be considered for the treatment of heroin addiction is aversion therapy. Aversion therapy is an effort to apply “punishment” as a means of reducing the frequency of unwanted behavior. This is a misapplication of learning-theory principles which have consistently found that “punishments” do not cause behaviors to disappear, but rather cause them to stop temporarily while preventing their extinction.

Thus, the behavior returns at a later point with considerable intensity. The most famous advocate of aversion therapy is the author William Burroughs whose addiction to heroin was treated with apomorphine in Great Britain. Aversion therapy has not been attempted widely in this country, and there are no data which support the general efficacy of aversion therapy in any of the drug abuse syndromes.
The practice of aversion therapy is fairly straightforward. The patient is exposed to self-administered heroin which is immediately followed by an injection of apomorphine or succinyl choline. If he is given apomorphine, his heroin injection becomes associated with violent retching and vomiting. Because the apomorphine is paired to the heroin injection, the use of heroin is theoretically associated with an unpleasant experience.

The injection of succinyl choline causes an immediate paralysis of all voluntary musculature including the muscles of respiration. The patient experiences a frightening feeling of being unable to breathe which becomes paired with the heroin.

Experimental psychologists have found that the effective way to cause extinction of a behavior is to prevent the reinforcement of that behavior. The use of succinyl choline includes some risk of accidental death as well as extreme unpleasantness. There is no evidence that either of these treatments works better than the other. They have been paired to the sight and use of the needle as well as the heroin injection, but there is no evidence that aversion therapy is valid. In general, there is no indication for the use of aversion therapy in the treatment of the addict, although there is a need for the continued experimental application of learning theory principles to the treatment of heroin addiction and other drug abuse syndromes.

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