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Can My Addiction Be Cured?

Can My Addiction Be Cured?

There are a number of treatment centers advertising that they will “cure” your addiction. Is this possible? First let’s look at the definition of the term “cure”. To “cure” generally means to be rid or relieved of something. So if one is addicted, will going to treatment allow them to leave as a non-addicted person? In my experience, both personal and professional, the answer is no. Personally, as a cigarette smoker for many years who quit in 1993, it would be highly unlikely that I could begin to smoke socially and not quickly be smoking a pack a day. I have friends who smoke socially, smoking one evening, and then not smoking for many days, but I don’t think it is something that I could do successfully. Professionally, I have known many people who report the same experience with drugs and alcohol. Even if they have abstained from using for decades, if they were addicted to drugs or alcohol, they do not believe they could use socially. For those...

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Alcohol and Drug Use: There’s an App for That

Alcohol and Drug Use: There’s an App for That

It seems nowadays that there is an application for everything. We are surrounded by technology 24/7. There are both advantages and disadvantages to an almost constant connection to information and people. I find it rather handy, when I am traveling, to pull up a map of my current location and directions to my destination. I can search the web immediately to find the name of a song I am listening to on the car radio (in the passenger seat, of course). I can access my e-mails at any hour of the day or night, from almost any location in the United States. And with so many people carrying smart phones, I have found that there are applications for almost everything one might be interested in. Of course, my personal interest is in helping people with drug and alcohol problems. As you might guess, there are applications that promote drug and alcohol abuse. However, there are a surprising number of applications designed to help people become more aware of their...

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What is Al-Anon?

What is Al-Anon?

At Valley Hope, and many other treatment centers across the nation, family treatment is considered an integral part of the patient’s treatment experience. Oftentimes, by the time a patient comes into treatment, there are numerous problems in the family. This may include distrust, anger, and loss of hope that family relationships will ever improve. It is not unusual for patients to come to treatment after losing a significant other, such as through a breakup or divorce. Sometimes family relationships get to this point before the alcoholic or addict appreciates the severity of the addiction. Family counseling, both individual family and multi- family group sessions, can help family members understand the process of addiction, as well as some of the behaviors that their loved one engages in, in order to maintain their addiction. Another very helpful tool is Al-Anon meetings. What is Al-Anon? Al-Anon is a peer support group. It is not led by licensed counselors or other professionals. Instead, people who attend Al-Anon meetings have grown up around addiction...

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It’s Just Beer

It’s Just Beer

It is a common line that loved ones, friends, psychologists, counselors, physicians, law enforcement, employers and many others often hear, “it’s only beer”. It is a complete myth that people who drink beer are somehow less likely to become an alcoholic compared to people who may drink other kinds of alcohol. Beer consumption often gives people a false sense of safety. For many years, people have claimed beer has less of an intoxicant, or is less habit forming than other kinds of alcohol. The fact is that for some it is easier to become dependent on beer. Many alcoholics, who use the fact that they only drink beer as proof that they do not have a problem, in fact are dependent on beer. Some people will switch from liquor to beer in an attempt to “cut back” and will often expect a pat on the back for their hard work. In reality, the problem is not what people drink but how they drink and the amount they drink. Beer...

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The Difference Between Spirituality and Religion

The Difference Between Spirituality and Religion

According to the Miriam-Webster dictionary, spirituality is “the quality or state of being concerned with religion or religious matters: the quality or state of being spiritual”. In contrast, Miriam-Webster defines religion as “the belief in a god or a group of gods; an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods; an interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group.” Although spirituality and religion are oftentimes used interchangeably, they mean different things. There are numerous online resources discussing the difference between these two terms. In general, religion is the organized practice of connecting with a god or higher power, including participating in practices and rituals that are involved with a specific religious group. This may include communion or baptism for many Christian faiths and fasting during the month of Ramadan for those who are followers of Islam. While spirituality, on the other hand, is a more personal experience where one connects to something...

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How Do Support Groups Help Addicts?

How Do Support Groups Help Addicts?

There has been quite a bit of debate regarding the benefits of 12 step based treatment and whether that treatment really works. If you search the internet, you can find numerous articles supporting each side. Personally, I have seen twelve-step treatment work for many people. It may not be the solution for all addicts and alcoholics, but it helps enough people to warrant its continued use. In particular, I think the social support aspect of 12 step recovery can be quite powerful. Addiction can be a very lonely disease. Once people come to the realization that they have a problem, they oftentimes feel that no one else will be able to understand their addiction. They are reluctant to share their alcohol or drug problem with friends or family for fear that it will result in rejection or loss. In fact, there are many addicts and alcoholics who have faced public ridicule, job loss, and a host of other problems when they have made their addiction public. Certainly, many of...

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