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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Free AA MP3s and Film of Bill W.

Free AA MP3s and Film of Bill W.

Silkworth.net has a selection of free MP3’s of the founders and old-timers of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Also there is a movie “My Name is Bill W.” -The Movie – 700 MB, high quality, 1hr 40 minutes.

Help an Alcoholic 8

Help an Alcoholic 8

Take care of yourself

"Live a full life of your own."

"Make sure you live a life of your own that does not depend on the undependable person."

"Carry on with your life after you’ve let the alcoholic know you aren’t babysitting anymore."

AA and Judaism

AA and Judaism

The fellowships of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Al-Anon are of inestimable value in the recovery from alcoholism and chemical dependency. Not infrequently, there is a resistance on the part of Jews to participate on the grounds that these programs have a religious orientation that is non-Jewish.

Healthcare workplace ‘toxic’ for those in ‘recovery’

Healthcare workplace toxic for those in recovery;

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Care Environment “Toxic” for Persons in Recovery and Those Working in the Field

Letting Go to Recovery

Letting Go to Recovery

Problems are made to be solved, Melody reminds us, and the best thing we can do is take responsibility for our own pain and self-care.

A Problem Shared is a Problem Halved

A Problem Shared is a Problem Halved

One day at a time sharing experience, strength and hope

Any member of a 12-Step fellowship will tell you of the benefits of ‘sharing’ their feelings with other sufferers.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Am I a Control Freak?

Am I a Control Freak?
Some people in recovery may have had the accusation “Your a control freak”. This is particularly so for Adult Children of Alcoholism and other codependents. These statements may answer that question.

Altruism and the Higher Power

Altruism and the Higher Power
Altruism emerges when thoughts focus on a Higher Power

Children and Alcoholic Family Roles

Little caretaker
The little caretaker role is often a carbon copy of the partner of the alcoholic. They take care of the alcoholic; getting drinks, cleaning up after the alcoholic and soothing over stressful situations and events.
Other roles include;
Family clown
Family hero
Scapegoat
Lost child

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Children and Alcoholic Family Roles

Children and Alcoholic Family Roles
One model that is helpful in identifying child behaviors in the alcoholic/ addictive family is that of Sharon Wegscheider. In this model children adopt various coping and enabling roles.

Spirituality in Alcoholism Recovery

Spirituality in Alcoholism Recovery

Emotional Sobriety

Emotional Sobriety
Do you reach for something sweet, a couple of drinks, or a pack of cigarettes after a difficult day because you can’t unwind without them? Do you race to the stores to spend away the day’s frustrations or run around in circles taking more time to get less done?

Compulsive Overeater

Compulsive Overeater

Sister Ignatia – The Drunk’s Angel of Hope

Sister Ignatia; The Drunks Angel of Hope
Mary Ignatia Gavin (1889–1966) of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine was known as The Drunk’s “Angel of Hope”

Sister Ignatia epitomized the spirit of love, service, and honesty that today are the hallmarks of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Day by Day Recovery

Day by Day Recovery
The Twelve Step program of recovery from alcoholism and other addictions rests on a notion of spirituality that is not about having the “right” beliefs. Instead, it is about adopting daily practices that help people stay clean and sober.

Detachment With Love

Detachment With Love
In Al-anon we learn individuals are not responsible for another person’s disease or recovery from it.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Adult Children of Hoarders

Adult Children of Hoarders

About growing up and adult children of hoarders (COH):

For many, growing up in an environment of constant chaos and disorganization has effects that go far beyond living amongst the accumulation of possessions or not being able to have friends over.

What IS Compulsive Hoarding?

What IS Compulsive Hoarding?
Hoarding is defined as the acquisition of, and inability to discard worthless items even though they appear (to others) to have no value.

I Am Responsible for…

I Am Responsible for ...
There is always a lot of talk about personal rights but every ‘right’ has a corresponding ‘responsibility.

Romance and To Thine Own Self be True

For better romantic and sexual relationships, be true to yourself.
Research evidence proves Shakespeare right.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Loneliness of an Alcoholic Doctor

The Loneliness of an Alcoholic Doctor

My very first drink loosened my previous, ever present inhibitions. Medical school facilitated my growing reliance on this chemical. Six years later, after qualifying, I found an identity to hide behind, at least during the day. I was the all knowing, devoted, and respected professional, who daily appeared red eyed and trembling.

Acceptance is the Answer

Acceptance is the Answer

Our basic recovery concept in 12 Step Fellowships that never loses its power to work miracles is the concept called acceptance.

The Lois Wilson Story

The Lois Wilson Story

Available for the first time in paperback, the biography of one of the recovery movement’s most influential figures: Lois Burnham Wilson, creator of Al-Anon and wife of Alcoholics Anonymous cofounder Bill W.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Beyond Codependency

Beyond Codependency
You’re learning to let go, to live your life free of the grip of someone else’s problems. And yet you find you’ve just started on the long journey of recovery.

What are stages of sex addiction?

What are stages of sex addiction?
Problems in controlling sexual behavior usually reveal themselves in four distinct stages:

Twelve Steps to Insanity

Twelve Steps to Insanity
One will note the different focus between these 12 Step and the original 12 Steps. See Me, Myself and I

Friday, March 12, 2010

The ACOA Problem

The ACOA Problem
Many of us found that we had several characteristics in common as a result of being brought up in an alcoholic or other dysfunctional households.

A Woman’s Guide to Recovery

A Womans Guide to Recovery

How Free Do You Want to Be?

Recovery Transforms Lives

If you are a woman who has found the courage to start down the road of recovery, know that you are never alone.

Characteristics of Sexual Compulsion

Characteristics of Sexual Compulsion

These are the characteristics most of us seem to have in common:

  • As adolescents, we used fantasy and compulsive masturbation to avoid feelings, and continued this tendency into our adult lives with compulsive sex.

The Long Term Hangover

Health impacts of long term alcohol misuse
Long term abuse of alcohol creates medical risks to individuals and may contribute to many cases of illness and premature death.

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Women’s Sexual Addiction

Womens Sexual Addiction
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Sex addiction: not just for men

Any time I met a guy who didn’t respond to me sexually, it would make me determined to have him,”

Tie Up Your Camel

Tie Up Your Camel
Trust Your Higher Power, But Tie Up Your Camel

5 Ways to Please Your Man In Bed

5 Ways to Please Your Man In Bed
Want to give your man a thrilling experience like never before? Here are 5 really simple ways to make your lovemaking hotter, steamier and more passionate, starting tonight!

Spirituality is an Awakening

Spirituality is an Awakening
“Spirituality is an awakening—or is it all the loose ends woven together into a mellow fabric?

What is Problem Gambling?

What is Problem Gambling?
Problem gambling is gambling to the extent that it causes emotional, family, legal, financial or other problems for the gambler and the people around the gambler.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Me, Myself and I

Me, Myself and I

What is the purpose of the 12 Steps?

All addicts, alcoholics, compulsive gamblers, sex addicts and codependents have the following focus – Me, Myself and I.

This one of the main motivations for seeking treatment or recovery. This ‘me, myself and I’ focus is hurting too much. The addiction no longer works to relieve the pain.

I’m a Clergy Alcoholic in AA

Im a Clergy Alcoholic in AA
I am a Roman Catholic priest, a pastor of souls with the title of monsignor. I am also an alcoholic. A few months ago, I celebrated an anniversary of ordination. A month before that, I celebrated a more important anniversary, my fourth as a member of A.A.

Sex and Healthy Relationships

Sex and Healthy Relationships
All relationships are different, of course, but healthy ones have at least five important qualities in common.

The acronym S.H.A.R.E. can help you remember these qualities.

Stools and Bottles

Stools and Bottles

Stools and Bottles uses the concept of a barstool (the seat and three legs) and eight bottles to represent the importance of the first four steps (of the Twelve Steps) of Alcoholics Anonymous.

10 Reasons for Low Libido

10 Reasons for Low Libido

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Official AA Websites

Official AA Websites
These are some of the Alcoholics Anonymous websites around the world.

Online AA Meetings

Online AA Meetings

Online AA Offers Digital Assistance for Recovery

Many things can prevent people from attending Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings in person,

Hepatitis C – Does sexual transmission occur?

Hepatitis C & Does sexual transmission occur?
Although there is some uncertainty about hepatitis C (also called hep C) being transmitted sexually, it’s not classified as an STI (sexually transmissible infection). General scientific knowledge supports this position.

People Pleasers

People Pleasers
Have you ever been around people-pleasers? They tend to be displeasing. Being around someone who is turned inside out to please another is often irritating and anxiety-producing.

Porn Addiction

Porn Addiction
This is a self-assessment quiz from Sex Addicts Anonymous for determining whether you might be addicted to pornography. These apply equally to heterosexual, gay and lesbian people.

12 Steps and Post Traumatic Stress

12 Steps and Post Traumatic Stress
Applying the 12 Step Approach to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Smoking and Erectile Dysfunction

Smoking and Erectile Dysfunction
Men who smoke cigarettes run an increased risk of experiencing erectile dysfunction, and the more cigarettes smoked, the greater the risk,

What Drinking may do for You ;-)

Styles of Enabling Behavior

Avoiding and shielding: Any behavior by the codependent covering up for, or preventing the abuser, or self from experiencing the full impact or harmful consequences of drug use.

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