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What are some of the things which you should expect before heading over to the drug rehab?

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 Lora Davis (December 09, 2017)  You need to understand that drug rehab is pretty difficult to get accustomed to at the start. Similarly, even if you’re planning on attending alcohol rehabs, these as well are pretty difficult to attend. That is why you have to always set your expectations right before heading over to the drug rehab. When you are able to set the expectations right, thereafter only you can be sure .. (Addictions)

Fighting Alcoholism is Still as Much a Priority as A Hundred Years Ago

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 Bruce Markey (January 28, 2015)  Alcoholism is definitely not a new social problem. Ever since people started making and consuming alcoholic beverages, over-indulging on them became a possibility, and the resulting health effects and addiction followed. Recently, alcoholism has not been in the spotlight as much as it has been in the previous decades, and certainly has not been talked about enough. Other forms of .. (Addictions)

Alcohol Rehabilitation Programs - Learn More

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 Robert Fogarty (May 04, 2014)  Those suffering from alcoholism or alcohol abuse require proper alcohol rehabilitation programs in order to effectively become addiction free. Recent studies suggest that 65% of all abusers relapse and require further help. With such a high rate of relapse it is wise to understand the different alcohol rehabilitation programs available and which one will best suit your needs. The First . (Addictions)

Non 12 Step Alcohol Rehab in Beautiful Hawaii

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 Brandyn Garske (April 04, 2012)  One of the traditional ways of dealing with an alcohol addiction is to use the 12 step approach where one goes through a series of steps to deal with the addiction and the ramifications of the disease. Though some may find this to be a way to deal with such an addiction, it is not always suited for those who have developed an alcohol addiction due to deep seated and strongly rooted .. (Addictions)

Veterans Among Those at Risk for Drug and Alcohol Abuse

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 D. Eel (December 05, 2011)  We’ve heard the horror stories from Vietnam and the Korean War – how young, vibrant, men went overseas and seemingly never came home, instead replaced by emotionless, empty vessels, too stunned to talk about the terror they had witnessed. So for many years, they didn’t. They kept quiet. Perhaps you have a grandfather, uncle, or a brother who went overseas to serve. .. (Addictions)

Obama Administration Taking Unprecedented Approach to Drug Addiction

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 D. Eel (December 05, 2011)  In the 1980s, the Reagan Administration implemented severe penalties for those who used drugs. “Addicts” as they were labeled, were locked up for lengthy prison terms and weren’t given help. The Obama Administration is changing a long-held stance on drug addiction and in turn, changing people’s attitudes about addiction. Read on to learn more. In the 1980s, when . (Addictions)

Facts You May Not Know About Painkiller Addiction

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 D. Eel (December 05, 2011)  Prescription drug addiction continues to be a widespread issue in America. Read on to learn some startling facts about painkillers. Some may surprise you. 1) One in ten high school seniors in the United States has admitted to misusing prescription painkillers 2) Prescription painkiller addiction costs our society an estimated $484 billion annually. This includes the cost of .. (Addictions)

Facts About Oxycontin Dependence and Addiction

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 D. Eel (December 02, 2011)  Oxycontin has been around for a little over 15 years but its usage has become widespread and dangerous. Read the facts about why this drug’s use is so dangerous to society. 1) Oxycontin is a prescription painkiller first introduced to the market in 1995. Within just a couple of years since it first came out, it spread like wildfire and gained a reputation for being highly .. (Addictions)

Ten Facts About Heroin Use and Its Effects

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 D. Eel (December 02, 2011)  1) Heroin is an opiate street drug that can be snorted or smoked in powder form, or injected in liquid form 2) It is estimated that one-fourth of the people who try heroin become have or will become addicted to the drug 3) It is estimated that over 3 million U. S. residents ages 12 and older have used heroin at some point in their lifetime. Surveys also report that 76,000 people ages 12 . (Addictions)

Electronic Cigarette: What You Need to Know to Make a Decision

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 Quinn Barker (November 27, 2011)  An electronic cigarette is an important tool in improving your health if you smoke cigarettes. For example, those who smoke cigarettes often ingest numerous harmful chemicals, including tar and carbon monoxide. These can cause lung cancer and other health problems for individuals. The only way to stop those chemicals from affecting your health is to stop ingesting them. This is where .. (Addictions)

10 Symptoms That You Are The Internet Addict

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 Milan Dinic (November 25, 2011)  Is there such a thing as Internet addiction? Which border has to be crossed to get addict status? How to admit to ourselves that we have a problem? What to do when we realize that the problem exists? Those are frequently asked questions today, but obviously not spoken out loud enough. Problem gets bigger and bigger every day. Number of those who deny losing control over life because of .. (Addictions)

Prescription Painkiller Abuse On the Rise in Florida Despite State’s Efforts

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 D. Eel (November 18, 2011)  Florida legislature is taking action against pain clinics and those who illegally dispense or use prescription drugs. But will this action be enough to curtail abuse and save lives? Read on to learn more. Despite repeated statewide efforts to curtail prescription drug use and abuse, including busting pill mills and imposing heavier penalties on those found to be abuse drugs, the rates .. (Addictions)

Chris Herren Story a Cautionary Tale About Drug Abuse

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 D. Eel (November 18, 2011)  The story of Chris Herren, recently portrayed in the ESPN documentary series 30-for-30, serves as a cautionary tale for drug abuse, but also offers hope for those struggling with addiction. Chris Herren never intended to become a druggie. From the time he first encountered cocaine in his dorm room at Boston College, to an injured wrist that sidelined his college career and led him to .. (Addictions)

5 Signs That You Are Addicted To Internet

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 Milan Dinic (September 26, 2011)  For many people Internet is unavoidable tool for work, entertainment or socializing. Unfortunately, this limitless source of information and fun can lead to excessive usage, even addiction. What amount of time spent online is considered healthy and normal? That is very tough question; concerning that Internet usage and reasons for spending time online are different from person to .. (Addictions)

Suggestions to Choose Effective Treatment Programs for Alcohol Addicts

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 Kshitiz Mahajan (August 27, 2011)  The opiates bring harsh withdrawal symptoms especially for on those who use them continually. As a result it becomes a necessity for an opiate addict to go through detoxification program, in order to get rid of opiate substance from his body. This is primary step carried out in opiate addiction treatment or rehab centers. Detoxification process also involves other medical plans that are . (Addictions)

DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENTS-Are You Hunting Drugs Or Are Drugs Hunting You

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 Danielle Wise (March 18, 2011)  The main cause drug addiction is actually in your thoughts. For this reason, in order for anyone to truly become a ‘whole’ individual, whichever drug addiction treatment you decide on, must contend with that drug addict state of mind. After you started on the road to drug addiction didn't you believe you could kick the habit whenever you got ready? After that, before you .. (Addictions)

Gambling Addiction - Hypnotherapy to Assist You Avoid It

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 Wendy Pearson (February 28, 2011)  Addiction to gambling is quite a severe problem. And especially in the UK, this issue is on the rise. Reported by the “The British Gambling Prevalence Survey”, 73 percent of the UK’s adults participated in some kind of betting in 2010. Although the share of on-line gaming is not such severe, however the participation in other kinds of betting such as national lottery .. (Addictions)

Solve Your Addiction Problems At A Drug Treatment Center

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 Brad Roberts (November 17, 2010)  Drug addiction is a clinical disorder, and since it creates both physiological and mental dependencies, it's not something that a user can defeat by strength of will on its own. Nevertheless, it is a treatable condition, and with assistance it is possible for users to break away from the addiction. It will require a lot of work, and it can be a tough, and at times painful, process, .. (Addictions)

Addiction In Search of Self: Multi-Phasic Transformation Process

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 Helga Matzko (September 14, 2010)  a total stranger one black day knocked living the hell out of me- who found forgiveness hard because my(as it happened) self he was -but now that fiend and I are such immortal friends the other’s each e. e. cummings Perls, the founder of Gestalt Therapy, writes that addiction treatment phases must embrace all aspects of life for the individual to become who he wants to be and .. (Addictions)

Top 10 Best Alcoholics Anonymous Alternatives List

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 Melanie Arnulfo Solomon (August 31, 2010)  Over the past few years, I have examined the effectiveness of Alcoholics Anonymous and a lively discussion has followed these posts. AA is a group that many have very strong feelings about - both positive and negative. For some, AA has been a life-saver and allowed them to manage their addictions, while for others, the experience has not been as positive, and, in fact, has been quite .. (Addictions)

How to Recover from Alcoholism or Drug Addiction: Alcoholics Anonymous is NOT the Only Way!

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 Melanie Arnulfo Solomon (August 31, 2010)  Alcoholism is a serious problem worldwide. In the United States, alcoholism is the most prevalent of the nation's addictions. Alcohol and drug use can progress into abuse and even addiction so insidiously that sometimes people do not realize that it has become a problem for them and those around them. No two people are alike, and the same can be said for addictions. If you are suffering . (Addictions)

Take a Spiritual Approach to Drug Addiction Recovery at A Forever Recovery

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 Todd Ireland (August 10, 2010)  For many addicts, a successful drug addiction recovery program not only deals with the physical and mental aspects of addiction, it also addresses the spiritual needs of the addict. At A Forever Recovery, we offer Christian based drug rehab, including Catholic drug rehab, as part of our overall drug addiction recovery offerings. Addicts who want their path to recovery to be a .. (Addictions)

Synchronicity: Celebrating non-traditional Addiction treatments

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 Helga Matzko (August 09, 2010)  Who would have thought that my meanderings over “What is Addiction” in my last blog would lead me to an Ezine article by Melanie Solomon, July 11, 2010 and her amazing book AA-Not the Only Way — Your One Stop Resource Guide to 12-Step Alternatives–Second Edition? In it she cites many statistics based on government research and other reputable institutions that .. (Addictions)

Learn Many Alternatives to AA!

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 Melanie Arnulfo Solomon (July 16, 2010)  Fueled by the 95 percent failure rate acknowledged by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), a variety of recuperation and remedy alternate options to twelve-step recuperation opportunities are quickly emerging globally - making powerful track records and gaining credibility inside the healthcare community. They are finally accepting some of the alternatives to AA. No longer content to accept .. (Addictions)

Is Alcoholics Anonymous Effective? Help For Alcoholism

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 Melanie Arnulfo Solomon (July 11, 2010)  Options to Alcoholics Anonymous, 12-Step Programs Specified in First-Ever Wide-ranging Resource Guide; Finally Total Help for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction "AA hardly seems like a ‘successful practice, '’ suggests Melanie Solomon, author of a unique book demonstrating alternatives to AA for the treatment of alcohol and drug abuse. “In actuality, it doesn't perform for . (Addictions)

What Is This Thing Called Addiction?

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 Helga Matzko (July 09, 2010)  When I began working in the field of addiction 30 years ago, most clients were automatically labeled addicts, (yes, shocking but true) just as most clinicians were either recovered individuals or members of addiction-troubled families. Of course, the field has evolved and what was once held to be gospel truth has been modified and re-labeled. The purpose of this brief paper serves to .. (Addictions)

Coaching, Therapy or Gestalt: What determines a Client’s Choice?

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 Helga Matzko (May 03, 2010)  Ever since the profession of coaching has entered the arena of mental health services, the topic regarding which profession is better suited to assist which individuals – coaching or therapy continues. Each branch provides evidence in support for their efficacy and pros and cons have become a much debated topic among the various healthcare professionals. The following paragraphs .. (Addictions)

Drug Rehab Can Get Things Back On Track And Reunite A Family

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 Todd Ireland (March 14, 2010)  If you or someone you love uses drugs you have probably considered the option of seeking help at a residential drug rehab facility. The reality is that this is the only way to insure a journey back to health and recovery. But sadly, many drug dependent individuals continue using until they hit what they consider to be rock bottom before they will seek or accept help. Very often it is .. (Addictions)

Step One: What’s the big deal about Step One?

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 Joe Herzanek (July 26, 2009)  We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol and that our lives had become unmanageable. —Step One, AA 12-Steps After many years in recovery, I know that I must not forget this one principle—I will always be an addict. —Joe Herzanek Whether you are a fan of twelve-step programs or not, the first step an attendee will hear offers a great deal of wisdom. The .. (Addictions)

Meth Myths - Can Meth Addicts Really Recover?

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 Joe Herzanek (July 21, 2009)  Methamphetamine is much different from regular amphetamine pills. Without going into a chemistry lesson, meth is simply a more refined or condensed form of amphetamine. It is much more powerful than what some people might think of as diet pills or speed. It produces both an intense feeling of energy and strong euphoric pleasure at the same time. Some of the intensity depends on how .. (Addictions)

Helping Alcoholics Recover

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 Patrick Meninga (December 16, 2008)  There is a definite system for how to stay clean and sober and most alcoholics will never figure it out. The system involves creation. Most people get confused when it comes to quitting drugs and alcohol, because they see it as a process of elimination. They think that the primary focus is on eliminating drug use and then on avoiding all of those triggers and urges that might pop up in . (Addictions)

The Secret to Quit Marijuana - How I Quit Smoking Marijuana in 1 Single Day!

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 Bobby Min (November 24, 2008)  After smoking weed for over 5 years, I finally quit. So what was the secret? The secret was to get rid of my temptation triggers. So what is “temptation triggers"? Temptation triggers are anything that can tempt you into smoking weed. That includes movies, music, pipes, bongs, weed, cigarettes, posters, and anything else that can encourage you to start smoking weed. Get a piece . (Addictions)

You Can Quit Weed Today - How to Quit Smoking Marijuana

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 Bobby Min (November 24, 2008)  Right now, you may lack the motivation to quit weed by yourself. So you know what you should do? You should tell other people that you will quit marijuana! That's right! You want to tell as many people as possible about your new goal to quit smoking weed by a certain date. This method works because people are driven to stay congruent to their words and they also do not want to .. (Addictions)

Helping an Alcoholic

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 Patrick Meninga (November 09, 2008)  How can we best help an alcoholic? The best way to help an alcoholic is indirectly. This means that you do not try to control or manipulate them. Do not try to beg them to stop drinking. Do not threaten them or shame them or engage with angry arguments with them. None of these tactics work at all. At best these tactics fail outright. At worst they drive the alcoholic deeper into .. (Addictions)

Abstinence in Drug Addiction and Alcoholism - Am I Cured?

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 Bill Urell (October 23, 2008)  For those in drug and alcohol addiction recovery, sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, this thought will arise sooner or later: “I haven't had a drink or a drug in a while, I wonder if I am cured?". It is the desire of many alcoholics or addicts to be able to use again like ‘normal people’. But is this possible? Given this mindset, the user will attempt to pound .. (Addictions)

Reduce Your Alcohol Craving Pt 5 - Long Term Freedom

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 Doug Setter (October 23, 2008)  This is the fifth and last article of the Reduce Your Alcohol Craving series. One thing that I noticed when I first started taking mega doses of B Vitamins and calcium is that I calmed down. Later, I lost my taste for beer. While it made me unpopular in some circles, I suddenly had more energy and mental focus for other things like reading non-fiction and hiking. I am not saying that a . (Addictions)

Why Do Young People Use Drugs? Digging a Little Deeper!

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 Dr. Daniel Kaufman (October 21, 2008)  There are many reasons why young people turn to drugs. This is but one reason but I think an important one. I am saddened by how in this country education continues to be a place to sort children rather than a place where they come to know who they truly are. I'm frustrated by how public education tends to focus on sameness and content versus uniqueness and meaning. I'm disappointed .. (Addictions)

Benzodiazepine Withdrawal - Tips For Coping Successfully

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 V Baylissa Frederick (October 20, 2008)  While not everyone will experience difficulties tapering off a benzodiazepine (tranquilliser), many are subject to adverse and bizarre symptoms which can prove traumatic. The following tips will help anyone preparing to taper or already in the process of withdrawing. Cold turkey: If you are currently taking a benzodiazepine, please do not discontinue the drug abruptly as this is .. (Addictions)

Proven Tips, Tools and Tactics to Control Nicotine Craving

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 Lee S Mcpherron (October 17, 2008)  Because of it's very addictive nature, when you try to stop smoking, or using tobacco in any form, you will most likely suffer from nicotine craving. The withdrawal symptoms and craving for the nicotine in tobacco are the two major obstacles in your path to quit smoking. Smoking is a deadly habit. As we all know by now, smoking is a deadly habit that affects millions of people and is .. (Addictions)

Would You Like to Control Food Craving?

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 Lee S Mcpherron (October 17, 2008)  You finished a good dinner a couple of hours ago. You really aren't hungry but now you are thinking of have some sort of snack. The craving for something sweet, or salty, or chocolate are getting stronger by the minute. Then you cave in again, only to feel guilty and remorseful a little while later after eating a snack or two. What are food cravings? Food cravings are an intense .. (Addictions)

I Quit Smoking - It Was Hard, But I Did It!

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 Richard McDuff (October 16, 2008)  I stopped smoking over 15 years ago because the Government had jacked up the taxes yet again. I wasn't going to pay (I think it was $2.00 a pack)! That was it. I had to stop smoking. Luck would have it that I wasn't sitting with my father on the porch discussing fishing, when I noticed that he wasn't smoking. Here was a man whose cigarettes were so strong and raunchy, that I even .. (Addictions)

Changing a Habit Through Interval Recording

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 Doug Setter (October 16, 2008)  As mentioned in a previous addiction article, you can change a behavior by recording it. To take this science a little further, we are going to practice Interval Recording. So, rather than marking down IF you ate junk, got angry or smoked a cigarette that day, we will focus on how often you did the good or not-so-good activities. Here is how to set up a typical Interval Recording .. (Addictions)

Love to Shop? Has it Turned Into a Shopping Addiction?

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 Jessica Bradbury (October 15, 2008)  There are those among us that truly enjoy shopping and there are those that find it to be the most terrible thing on a to do list. For a person that has an addiction to shopping, it isn't either one of those things. It is something that they have to do. They shop because it gives them a sense of euphoria and they shop like there is no tomorrow. A person addicted to shopping, shops .. (Addictions)

Alcoholism and Marriage - Underlying Issues

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 Ned Wicker (October 14, 2008)  There's one thing for sure that you can say about Gloria and her ex-husband Chuck, they both know how to keep the fight going long after the initial disagreement has been forgotten. The divorce isn't final yet, mainly because there are more punches to be thrown and more hurt to inflict. The kids, well, they really don't count anyway, except that both parents believe firmly that the .. (Addictions)

Why Willpower Isn't the Answer to Quitting Your Addiction

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 Linda Joy Allan (October 14, 2008)  Do you think all it takes is willpower to overcome the huge things in life, like quitting an addiction? I used to think that too. I believed it so much that I tried using my willpower to lose weight over and over again when I was fat. It seemed to work in the beginning and I did lose several pounds at times, but the weight always came back. And most of the time I would gain a few extra .. (Addictions)

Breaking Poverty Addiction - The Journal

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 Doug Setter (October 12, 2008)  Have you ever wondered how some people work and study hard, but still end up having little to show for it? Health guru, Paul Bragg once mentioned that poverty was an illness. His concept was that fiscal health and physical health were both a result of habits. As a kid, teen and adult, I could stretch a dollar from here until next week. I had no addictions to gambling, booze, drugs or .. (Addictions)

I Can't Stop Drinking Socially - Why Am I Embarrassed?

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 Samantha James (October 12, 2008)  So you go to a party and even if you're not the last one to leave, you may have a few more “for the road". When you can't stop drinking socially, it's fair to say that you are no longer a social drinker and are probably an alcoholic. That word is painful. No one wants to hear it. So to be fair to yourself, try quitting for 6 months. Six full months without drinking. If you can't .. (Addictions)

How to Quit Caffeine For Good - Part Two

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 Tim Whiston (October 10, 2008)  You can quit caffeine for good using the simple, powerful techniques revealed in this article. In our last piece we covered the first two steps in the formula for successfully quitting caffeine. They were: 1. Accept the fact that you have a real addiction that's serious business. 2. Find as many people as possible to support your effort to quit. In this article we'll have a closer .. (Addictions)

9 Tips For Relationship Addictions

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 Jessica Bradbury (October 10, 2008)  It may seem like a funny addiction, relationships, who could be addicted to relationships? Well the truth is, more people then you realize. There have been movies made about relationship addictions, think “Fatal Attraction, " or “Crush. " While they displayed a more extreme version of relationship addictions, none the less, it is a real addiction. So how does a relationship . (Addictions)

Stop Drinking Now - Willingness to Stop Drinking

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 Eddie Philips (October 08, 2008)  How to stop drinking depends on one's ability to recognize that a problem exists and then concentrate on several key factors, which over time, will help the alcoholic develop the coping skills needed to make it through recovery and into permanent sobriety. The key factors to be recognized are as follows; honesty, prayer, willingness, sincerity, forgiveness and tolerance. Recovery .. (Addictions)




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