Dealing with Addictions- All In

You are in a game of poker, sitting opposite you is a master at the game. You have gone several rounds and he has won all of them. He is looking at you, his eyes boring into yours, his face is expressionless, betraying nothing. He is sitting in a relaxed manner and he takes his…

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Dealing with Addictions: I Can!

The central theme behind every addictive behavior is the ‘’I can’t do without it’’ mentality. Whether it is voiced out or even acknowledged, it is what keeps the addiction going. For most people, it is largely an unconscious thing and for some, it is the excuse they hold on to in order to continue in…

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Dealing With Addictions: The End Justifies the Means

Addiction has been defined as a chronic relapsing illness. This means that there would be times where there will be remissions and there would be times of exacerbations. Things are always peachy during the times of the remissions and we are almost tempted to think that all is well and that we are finally free….

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Dealing with Addictions- Hi, I am an Addict

In the Alcoholic Anonymous and all other self-help groups and group therapies for recovering addicts, they usually start with introductions. Each member of the group says his/her name and the nature of his addiction.  My name is Sam and I am an alcoholic or my name is Jane and I am a shopaholic. Basically, the…

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Dealing with Addictions: Calling unto the higher power

The whole concept of the twelve steps of the alcoholic anonymous revolves around a higher power. The surrendering of one’s will to a higher power, allowing that power to effect a change and acknowledging an inability to making those changes by one’s self. For different people, the ‘’higher power’’ could mean many things but generally…

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