23rd December 2012

Is our problem only drink or drugs?

When to give up? No one can force us to give up our drink or drugs. No one can force us to admit we are an alcoholic or an addict. We have to be prepared to admit that to ourselves. Others may spot it first, and almost certainly our loved […]
22nd December 2012

What is a dry drunk?

What is a dry drunk? A dry drunk is someone who is no longer drinking or using but who has not changed their life, feelings or behaviour. Lots of alcoholics and addicts think that they only need to stop drinking or using and all will be well. They think their […]
21st December 2012

Addiction is a disease

Alcoholism is a disease Alcoholism is recognised by the World Health Organisation as a disease. Addiction is also a recognised illness. Many of us with the illness are quite relieved to find that it is just that. We like the term disease given that many of us have been feeling […]
20th December 2012

The First Month of Sobriety

Many alcoholics and addicts try many times to give up alcohol and drugs before finally making it. To start with, although many of us get into some embarrassing scrapes and cause pain to the people we love, we are still getting more from our drinking or using than we are […]
19th December 2012

Actions Speak Louder than Words

Actions Speak Louder than Words Being pleasant to people is all well and good and costs nothing. However, when it comes down to it, words mean nothing if they are not accompanied by actions. We can all say something and mean it at the time but if we do not […]
18th December 2012

Reading the Message of Recovery

Reading the Message of Recovery Many recovering alcoholics and addicts in their early days read avidly the message of recovery as published by the likes of Alcoholics Anonymous. At last we find that there is something there that can help us and that others have experiences similar to ours. The […]
17th December 2012

Letting Go Of Our Old Ideas

Letting Go Of Our Old Ideas Although we stop drinking or using, a lot of the thoughts in our head remain the same and we need to get to a place where we can deal with these or else they will lead us back to the drink or drugs. We […]
16th December 2012

We Must Never get Complacent About Our Recovery

We Must Never get Complacent About Our Recovery My brother got into recovery before I did and I remember being surprised that, 5 years in, he still attended meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous. At that point, I thought that you would go to AA to get sober but then you would […]
15th December 2012

What does an addict look like?

Are you wondering if you might have a problem with drink or drugs? Are you considering that you can’t be an alcoholic or addict, because you do not look like one and your circumstances don’t suggest you are? Many people are under the misconception that in order to be an […]
14th December 2012

Avoiding the First Drink

Avoiding the First Drink It probably came as quite a surprise to you (if you have noticed) that not many people are bothered whether or not you have a drink as alcohol is not of great importance to them. It is only us alcoholics who put it at the centre […]
13th December 2012

Be Wary of Drinking Occasions

Be Wary of Drinking Occasions This is advice that is worth taking on board at any time of year but as we approach the biggest drinking season of all, it is particularly pertinent. Just because we can no longer drink. This does not mean that is wrong for others to […]
12th December 2012

The If Trap – Drink and Drugs

The If Trap – Drink and Drugs Working in the field of addiction, I get to know many alcoholics and addicts and at least at the start of their recovery, many of them can tell you the response about why they became addicted to drink or drugs. If they do […]
11th December 2012

Misery is Optional

Misery is Optional When we were drinking or using, our lives were miserable. Perhaps not at the beginning but certainly by the end. By and large that misery spread to the people who loved us. They were worried, felt helpless, did not know what to do for the best, could […]
10th December 2012

Stick With The Winners!

Stick With The Winners! This is the key message of the reading from ‘Just for today’ for December 10th. It is a message I have heard often and on the surface its meaning is clear. Mix with the people who are clean and sober and have been that way for […]
9th December 2012

Steer Clear of Emotional Entanglements – Relationships

Steer Clear of Emotional Entanglements – Relationships If you go into treatment or if you go to a support group such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. You will be advised to avoid having a new relationship when first in recovery. This can be difficult advice to take on board. […]
8th December 2012

Crystal meth

What is methamphetamine? N-methyl-1-phenyl-propan-2-amine, also referred to as methamphetamine, methylamphetamine, or desoxyephedrine, commonly recognised as ‘meth’. In crystalline form, the chemical called crystal meth. Commonly called ice, Tina, or glass, it goes by many other street names. Widely used in specific other countries such as America and Australia and a […]
7th December 2012

Don’t Have a First Drink – Remember How Bad it can be….

Don’t Have a First Drink – Remember How Bad it can be…. If you want to stay sober, it is important to remember how bad drinking made your life. It is not a good idea to look back with rose tinted spectacles on happy times chatting at parties, laughing in […]
6th December 2012

Relationships and Addiction

Relationships and Addiction Many people severely damage their relationship with their partner through drinking too much or using drugs. This is true for both the binge drinker or user and the alcoholic or addict. In the case of the person who occasionally goes overboard, this person can be embarrassing, indiscreet, […]
5th December 2012

Taking Professional Advice

Taking Professional Advice In recovery, so called normal life goes on and we will face the ups and downs of life like everyone else. If you attend meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous, for example, you will meet people from many different backgrounds and some of these […]
4th December 2012

Get Rid of Self Pity

Get Rid of Self Pity Self pity is a fairly natural emotional state but one that can be dangerous for the recovering alcoholic.  One that we are also quite prone to. To demonstrate that self pity is quite natural. You only have to look at a child who has been […]
3rd December 2012

Be Positive and Grateful!

Be Positive and Grateful! At the end of our drinking or using, most of us were in a really desperate and dark place. Things seemed hopeless. We could not see a life without our drink or drugs but we knew we could no longer live with them. If we had […]
1st December 2012

Avoiding alcohol, drugs and specified medication

Avoiding alcohol, drugs and specified medication As a recovering alcoholic i know i should be avoiding alcohol, drugs and specified medication. it is a simple concept for me to know I should not drink alcohol. I know what it can do to me, as I’ve  never had any problem with […]
30th November 2012

We Need to Share with Others

We Need to Share with Others Towards the end of our drinking or using, many of us became very isolated and lonely. We felt alone even when with others and we spent a lot of our time in our homes often in a particular room, not wanting to communicate with […]
29th November 2012

Confusion: Similarities in Signs of Dementia and Consequences of Alcoholism and Addiction.

Confusion: Similarities in Signs of Dementia and Consequences of Alcoholism and Addiction. There are a number of similarities in the behaviour, thinking and memory of those with early onset dementia and those who have abused alcohol or drugs. Working in a treatment centre, we often receive enquiries from the families […]