Reader Questions

Is medicine going to cure addiction anytime soon?

Reader Mailbag: Is Medicine Going to Cure Addiction and Alcoholism Anytime Soon?

A common topic that comes up fairly often when discussing addiction and general trends is that of medication. Are we on the brink of a pharmacological breakthrough when it comes to treating alcoholism or drug addiction? Are drugs going to …

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Reader Mailbag: How Can I Encourage my Spouse to Seek Treatment for their Drug Addiction?

One of the most common questions that I receive here on Spiritual River is some variation of the following: “How can I encourage my spouse to seek treatment for their drug or alcohol addiction?” It is not an easy question …

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Reader Mailbag | Is It OK To Change My AA Sponsor?

A reader asked us this: Is it OK to change my AA sponsor? We will address this question in this post to help guide this reader and hopefully, she will be in a better position to decide on her next …

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Will She Ever Be Able To Trust Me Again?

Although she was always there for me, the truth is that my wife wasn’t able to trust me anymore. I can’t really blame her, considering that I almost always relapsed when she was busy tending to personal business. After I …

safe to have a drink if I am recovered?

Alcohol Addiction – Is It Safe To Try A Drink If I’m Recovered?

My last relapse was around two years ago, when my wife was out of town for the weekend visiting her sister. While things were going well and I made some real progress in my recovery, a part of me was …

Important advice for recovering alcoholics

Reader Mailbag: What is the Most Important Advice You Can Give to Recovering Alcoholics?

What is the best advice that you can give to a struggling alcoholic? And what if they don’t listen to it anyway? What can you do then, if anything? It is never easy to deal with someone who is self …

Can you design your own recovery program to stay sober?

Reader Mailbag: Can I Design My Own Recovery Program and Expect to Stay Sober?

Before I ever got clean and sober I was very interested in this question. Could I design my own program of recovery? Did I have to use a recovery program in which people told me what to do and how …

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How Can My Body Control My Urges to Drink?

Alcohol addiction and abuse is primarily a behavioral problem, in the sense that the patients usually find it difficult to stay off alcohol in spite of understanding the ill-effects of alcohol abuse. Most patients willingly undertake rehab efforts, but succumb …

What does advanced addiction recovery look like?

Reader Mailbag: What Does Advanced Addiction Recovery Look Like?

I believe that a discussion of “advanced addiction recovery” is worthwhile for anyone who is struggling to get or stay clean and sober. Not in the sense that “I am advanced and my recovery is better than yours,” but more …

How can going to alcohol rehab help a person?

Reader Mailbag: How Does Going to Alcohol Rehab Actually Help a Person?

It is a fair question: “What does going to alcohol rehab actually do to help a person?” If you have never been to rehab yourself then it can be sort of a mystery as to what actually goes on there. …