Sunday, January 31, 2010

Characteristics of True Maturity

An person with true maturity -

* Accepts criticism gratefully. Being honestly glad for an opportunity to improve

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Me, Myself & I or We, Us & Ours

In 12 Step Programs if we focus on the ‘we’ we will become happy, joyous and free.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Poll: Is recovery from alcoholism / addiction sexy?

Prevalence of alcohol and drug use in a highly educated workforce.

This study examined alcohol and licit and illicit drug use in a highly educated medical related workforce.

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sex is Good for your Health

Most of us are aware of the feel-good benefits of sex while we’re engaged in it, but do you also know that there are benefits which carry on after the sweaty bodies have dried and the sweet talk has reverted to sports?

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Self-injury Patterns

Why do people engage in self-injury?

Even though there is the possibility that a self-inflicted injury may result in life-threatening damage, self injury is not suicidal behavior.

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We Drank For …

We drank as heavy drinkers or alcoholics and found these contradictions
# We drank for happiness and became unhappy.
# We drank for joy and became miserable.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Women’s Sexual Arousal

In almost all cases women have questions about their arousal and how it affects their sexuality. In most cases a chat with a female doctor, sex therapist or a visit to a sexual health clinic will be fruitful.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I Am Your Disease

Allow me to introduce my self I am your disease
To all who come in contact with me?

I wish you loneliness, suffering, despair and finally, death.

I am cunning baffling and powerful.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

A Dry Drunk, Who Me?

Alcoholics Anonymous informally refers to the alcoholic who has stopped drinking, but who still demonstrates similar alcoholic attitudes and behaviors, as a “dry drunk.”

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Alcoholism on Rise in Nursing Homes

Baby Boomers Swell the Ranks of Problem Drinkers in Nursing Homes

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Doctors Recover Too!

Physician heals others as he heals himself

It’s hard to ask for help when you’re the doctor, but being a doctor doesn’t mean you’re immune to mental illness and addiction.

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AA & Professional Workers

A.A. has a long history of cooperating but not affiliating with outside organizations and being available to provide A.A. meetings or information about A.A. upon request.

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Scent of a Woman

Men’s Testosterone Responds to the Aroma of Ovulation

Women around the world spend billions of dollars each year on exotic smelling perfumes and lotions in the hopes of attracting a mate.

However, according to a new study in Psychological Science, going “au naturale” may be the best way to capture a potential mate’s attention.

This study suggests that testosterone levels may be responsive to smells indicating when a woman is fertile.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Addiction & Free Will

“These drugs are Trojan horses,” said Hyman. “Each of them contains a chemical that is enough like the neurotransmitter that they increase the amount of dopamine in the brain.”

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Is My Lover an Alcoholic?

How can I tell if someone I love is alcoholic?

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Questions to ask Treatment Services

What are some questions to ask in choosing an alcohol treatment program?

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Where do you have sex?

More than 317,000 men and women from 41 countries took part in a survey on sexual attitudes and behaviour.

The survey included heterosexual, gays, lesbian and bisexual people.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Levels of Denial & Recovery

Levels of Denial & Recovery

These levels of denial may be observed by family, healthcare workers and friends of the alcoholic.

Friday, January 8, 2010

The 12 Steps to Insanity | Recovery Is

Stair Way to Insanity...

Stair Way to Insanity...

The 12 Steps to Recovery have often been countered by this tongue-in-cheek 12 Steps to Insanity

  1. We admitted we were powerless over nothing. We could manage our lives perfectly and we could manage those of anyone else that would allow it.
  2. Came to believe that there was no power greater than ourselves, and the rest of the world was insane.
  3. Made a decision to have our loved ones and friends turn their wills and their lives over to our care.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of everyone we knew.
  5. Admitted to the whole world at large the exact nature of their wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to make others straighten up and do right.
  7. Demanded others to either “shape up or ship out”.
  8. Made a list of anyone who had ever harmed us and became willing to go to any lengths to get even with them all.
  9. Got direct revenge on such people whenever possible except when to do so would cost us our own lives, or at the very least, a jail sentence.
  10. Continued to take inventory of others, and when they were wrong promptly and repeatedly told them about it.
  11. Sought through nagging to improve our relations with others as we couldn’t understand them at all, asking only that they knuckle under and do things our way.
  12. Having had a complete physical, emotional and spiritual breakdown as a result of these steps, we tried to blame it on others and to get sympathy and pity in all our affairs.

However these 12 steps have a basis in truth. Many an alcoholic has found themselves practicing these behaviours; usually on the way to a relapse.

See also; 12 Steps to Recovery

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Study Confirms Sex is Better than Masturbation | Recovery Is

Woman in satin dress holding mirror

As if you didn’t know!

Normal intercourse results in greater satisfaction, better intimacy, promotes more trust with passion and real love.

  • Hanky panky without intercourse does not give true satisfaction and is less intimate, passionate and loving.
  • Masturbation does not result in effective satisfaction, is less intimate and does not promote trust, genuine passion or love.

These are the outcomes of a new study of Portuguese women looking at relationship quality and sexual activity.

Satisfaction increased as masturbation decreased and penis-vagina sex increased.

Now what’s so new about that? Nothing I guess! But someone had to find out for sciences sake. Anyone’s that’s had sex with a partner and compared that with hanky panky without penis-vagina penetration will know what’s better. Masturbation just does not compare.

No mention is made of sexual orientation. One assumes the women were heterosexual. Lesbian’s, gays and bisexuals may have a different perspective on these activities.

What do you think? Do you agree?

Research by Rui Miguel Costa & Stuart Brody called ‘Women’s Relationship Quality is Associated with Specifically Penile-Vaginal Intercourse Orgasm and Frequency’ in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy (July 2007).

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Symptoms of Religious Addiction | Recovery Is

The Cacophony

Religious addiction?

Reverend Leo Booth believes that religious addiction, like alcohol addiction, is a behavior that can be treated.

  • Inability to think, doubt, or question religious information and/or authority
  • Black-and-white, good/bad, either/or simplistic thinking: one way or the other
  • Shame-based belief that you aren’t good enough or you aren’t doing it right
  • Magical thinking that God will fix you/ do it all, without serious work on your part
  • Scrupulosity: rigid obsessive adherence to rules, codes of ethics, or guidelines
  • Uncompromising judgmental attitudes: readiness to find fault or evil out there
  • Compulsive or obsessive praying, going to church or crusades, quoting scripture
  • Unrealistic financial contributions
  • Believing that sex is dirty; believing our bodies or physical pleasures are evil
  • Compulsive overeating and/or excessive fasting
  • Conflict and argumentation with science, medicine, and education
  • Progressive detachment from the real work, isolation and breakdown of relationships
  • Psychosomatic illness: back pains, sleeplessness, headaches, hypertension
  • Manipulating scripture or texts, feeling specially chosen, claiming to receive special messages from God
  • Maintaining a religious “high”, trance-like state, keeping a happy face (or the belief that one should…)
  • Attitude of righteousness or superiority: “we versus the world,” including the denial of one’s human-ness.
  • Confusion, great doubts, mental, physical or emotional breakdown, cries for help
  • The ultimate temptation of the believer is to assume that his or her way to God is the best or only way for others. The particular Way to God becomes what is adored, not the ineffable and incomprehensible Mystery to which we give the name of God.
  • In essence we have become addicted to the certainty, sureness or sense of security that our faith provides. It is no longer a living by faith, with hope and growing in unconditional love.

Adapted from When God Becomes a Drug, by Leo Booth

Reverend Leo believes that religious addiction, like alcohol addiction, is a behavior that can be treated.

He adapts the twelve-step program of the Alcoholics Anonymous to the particular problems of this dysfunctional behavior, and offers a step-by-step program of exercises and affirmations that help turn religious addiction into a healthy relationship with God.

The book also features a chapter on how to do an intervention to help others toward recovery, and a chapter for professionals who are treating victims of religious addiction and abuse.

When God Becomes a Drug: Book 1; Understanding Religious addiction & religious abuse by Leo Booth

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