by Renee W. While deep in my alcohol addiction, I was about as self-absorbed as I could be. All my thoughts and behaviours revolved around the centre of my universe: me. It wasn’t until months of recovery that I began to realize just how much I thought of myself. I do not mean I thought a … Read more about A secret weapon in recovery: Helping Others
Inconsistent orders. Unreliable actions. Constant chaos. If you grew up in an alcoholic environment, you probably lived in continual fear, wondering what was happening around you. One minute your life seemed perfect, and at the seemingly smallest thing, it overturned into madness and … Read more about Characteristics of Adult Children of Alcoholics
by Renee W. Early in recovery, it may be hard to think of yourself as completely sober and actually enjoying life. You may go to 12 step meetings and see happy people and wonder if they are actually sober at all (or at least that was a thought I had in early recovery). There is no doubt … Read more about Top 12 Benefits of Living Sober
Alcoholism is a disease that officially kills around twenty people a day in the UK. But the official figures don't tell the full story. They don't account for alcohol-related heart disease, strokes, suicides and many other proximate causes of death. Death certificates don't record these as … Read more about Mr. P on Alcoholism
I have to confess to being a lifelong James Bond Fan. From the moment that the white amphibious Lotus emerged from the Sea in “the Spy who loved me” I was hooked!! I remember leaving my local Cinema running home, diving in and out of Bushes and singing ‘Nobody Does it better’ a la Carly Simon. In … Read more about James Bond – Charmer or Alcoholic?
The 12 Steps is a practical program designed to help those suffering from addiction in achieving sobriety and was written by a founding father of AA. One of the more common misconceptions of AA is that it is a religious cult and whilst its origins are in religious organizations its evolution was … Read more about The 12 Steps: a Spiritual Journey or a Religious Cult?
Alcohol Detox Whether it is alcohol or other addictive substances, there are many important things to know about the physical and emotional symptoms from withdrawal before taking the appropriate action to help yourself or a loved one. Let’s start with withdrawal from alcohol. What many people … Read more about Withdrawal Symptoms From Alcohol and Other Substances
Emotional Trauma is often overlooked It’s a lot easier to treat physical trauma than emotional and psychological trauma. Physical trauma is treated by medical doctors and hospitals but trauma on the emotional and psychological level is much more obscure and difficult to identify. Historically, we … Read more about How trauma manifests on a cellular level