8 Tips for Handling Holiday Urges to Drink and Use

    Tips for Handling the Urge to Drink during Holiday Season Plan ahead to stay in control The words “urge” and “craving” refer to a broad range of thoughts, physical sensations, or emotions that tempt you to drink, even though you have at least some desire not to. You may feel an uncomfortable pull in two directions or sense a loss of control. Fortunately, urges to...

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Recovery Roadmap: A View of the Recovery Process

Step 1: Honesty REVOLUTION My life is upside down! My life is unmanageable. My way is not getting me where I want to be. Step 2: Openness REVELATION There is another way. When everything is uncertain, anything is possible! Step 3: Willingness REPENTANCE To repent simply means to turn around or make 180 degree change. This entails a willingness to surrender the reins of my will and life (thoughts...

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The Only Reason Addicts Drink and Use

The #1 & ONLY Reason addicts & alcoholics drink and useby Sandra Lenington In the beginning, before addiction takes hold, the use of alcohol, behaviors such as gambling, drugs or other substances can begin innocently enough. There may be a celebration, party or peer influence to try the substance. The person who becomes addicted enjoys the experience so much and loves the effects. S/he...

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6 Simple SignsYou Are Addicted

by Sandra Lenington Is it just a harmless habit, OR is it addiction? 6 Simple Signs that Say, “I am addicted.” There are many assessments available to take to tell if you may have an addiction. One simple way is to look at the criteria most often used to diagnose addiction, or, for a more official diagnosis, see The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, (Fourth Edition) Text...

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Am I Addicted?

How Do I Know If I’m Addicted? (from page 9 of Overcome AddictionNow!) A good way is to go back again to Dr. May’s definition. (from Dr. Gerald May’s book: Addiction and Grace, Harper Collins 1988) There are actually five criteria that can help you see if you’re addicted. 1. Tolerance. The  tolerance  to  the  substance  of  abuse  increases.  In other words, it takes more and more...

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