Take a Stand, Break Your Addiction

Take a Stand, Break Your Addiction

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Take a Stand, Break Your Addiction

Take a Stand, Break Your Addiction by Patrick Meninga

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Contents:

  • Beating Drug Addiction and Alcoholism.. 1
  • Pharmaceutical Research is on the Rise. 1
  • Messing with Mother Nature. 2
  • Apparently a Spiritual Solution is Simply Too Much Work. 3
  • A Typical Disclaimer: This Medication Requires Accompanying Therapy. 4
  • A Spiritual Experience Elicits a Lasting Change. 4
  • Prediction: This Trend Towards Medication Will Continue. 5
  • What’s Wrong With Combining Medication with Other Therapies – Such as the 12 Step Program?. 6
  • 51 Things You Should Know About Addiction Recovery. 8
  • 1) Getting sober and living sober are two different things. 8
  • 2) Convincing others to take action in terms of getting clean and sober is very, very difficult 8
  • 3) Spirituality is but one piece of the solution. 9
  • 4) Most addicts and alcoholics in early recovery are going to relapse. 9
  • 5) Dependence on programs, group therapy, counseling, or meetings is certainly better than active addiction if you manage to stay clean and sober 10
  • 6) Almost everybody makes the mistake of crediting success in recovery with the tactics that got them sober 10
  • 7) Progress is vital in recovery. 10
  • 8) Clean time matters. 11
  • 9) A spiritual guru once said: “If you only have time to either meditate or exercise, always choose the exercise.”  12
  • 10) They are racing to find a medical cure for addiction. 12
  • 11) Going to rehab is not a cure. 13
  • 12) Surrender is important 13
  • 13) Switching from one drug to another trips up many addicts and alcoholics in recovery. 13
  • 14) Bias is rampant in recovery. 14
  • 15) If you have lots of friends in recovery, most of them will relapse, and a few of them will die. 15
  • 16) Part of the path in recovery should include quitting smoking. 15
  • 17) No one has a monopoly on recovery strategies. 15
  • 18) Success builds on itself in recovery. 16
  • 19) We are nowhere near a cure for addiction. 16
  • 20) Willingness cannot be manufactured out of thin air 17
  • 21) Religion is not the answer for most people. 18
  • 22) Outpatient rehab is less than ideal 18
  • 23) Gratitude is a powerful strategy. 18
  • 24) Success in early recovery can be measured by the amount of massive change the addict makes  19
  • 25) Fellowship is important 19
  • 26) Being cocky in early recovery is almost always a sign of impending failure. 20
  • 27) Intentions are worthless in recovery. 20
  • 28) The typical addict or alcoholic is motivated to change primarily through pain. 21
  • 29) Feeling sorry for yourself?. 21
  • 30) Forgiveness can be a huge part of recovery. 21
  • 31) Reaching out to help others in recovery is probably in the top 3 most effective strategies (the other 2 being gratitude and exercise) 22
  • 32) Considering overall health is important in recovery. 23
  • 33) Real self esteem in addiction recovery has to be built from the ground up. 24
  • 34) Simplifying your life can boost your recovery greatly. 25
  • 35) Complacency kills. 25
  • 36) Always be in learning mode. 26
  • 37) The younger you are, the more you need long term rehab. 26
  • 38) New relationships can be dangerous in early recovery. 27
  • 39) Your idea of fun will shift after staying clean and sober for a while. 28
  • 40) They say you have to give it a way to keep it 30
  • 41) They say it is a spiritual program.. 30
  • 42) Traditional recovery is not enough to keep some people happy. 31
  • 43) No rehab can help every addict and alcoholic. 31
  • 44) Gratitude is at least twice as powerful as other spiritual principles. 32
  • 45) Dealing with emotions might be a huge key to a person’s recovery. 32
  • 46) The more confident (and boisterous) someone is in early recovery, the less likely they are to succeed with long term sobriety. 32
  • 47) Being overly enthusiastic early in recovery is often as dangerous as not being enthusiastic enough  33
  • 48) If you rely on sponsorship after a few years of recovery then you are doing something wrong. 33
  • 49) 12 step fanatics will try to steer you away from religion…..religious fanatics will try to steer you away from 12 step programs. 33
  • 50) There are a whole bunch of people who stay sober through exercise alone. 33
  • 51) Take your purpose in recovery and turn it into a vision for the future. 34
  • A Helpful Alcoholism Help Guide. 35
  • Making a Decision. 35
  • Consider a Medical Detox. 37
  • Key Concept: Overwhelming Force. 37
  • Suggestion: Start with AA.. 39
  • Transitioning to Long Term Sobriety. 40
  • Living the Creative Theory. 42
  • Reaching Out and Helping Others in Recovery. 44
  • Helping Someone To Get Sober 45
  • Helping someone to get sober 45
  • About the Author 47
  • Get Help for Addiction Now   48
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