1. Why enter substance abuse treatment

    May 21, 2013 by admin

    “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable “.

    –from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous (step 1)

    If someone has suggested that you have a problem with alcohol (please replace the word ‘alcohol’ with any substance you are addressing), or if you are questioning some of your behaviors, let me pose the question:

    Why enter substance abuse treatment?

    My first reaction is  —

    WHY NOT?  Hey, if you’ve got the chance to get help…

    Evidently the subject of getting substance abuse treatment has come up, so something is going on.   I am in recovery, and I battled with addiction for lots of years (ALWAYS WILL).  Now, to answer the above question, I would scream from the rooftop:  “BECAUSE THE LONGER YOU WAIT, THE UGLIER IT GETS.”

    A few things come to my mind…

    1. Substance abuse treatment is not a negative thing.  It is most definitely a positive move.  If there is any question as to the quality of  life being adversely affected due to alcohol (or whatever substance or addiction), the opportunity to be guided by professionals who understand about getting sober, I would jump on the chance!
    2. Substance abuse treatment is absolutely an education for the open mind.  If one thinks his ‘smarts’ are going to get him sober,  maybe he should try learning about the what and why of the disease of addiction.  Actually, this is a no brainer. Your best thinking got you here, try something different
    3. Chances are this subject has come up because of behaviors that are negatively impacting lives—yours and others.  We’ve all heard the phrase “you can’t do it alone” because it has been proven over and over  that for success a support system has to be put in place. That includes other people—who understand and care.

    Lots of people, including myself, started drinking and/or using socially, recreationally and experimentally; and it was fun for a while- honestly, for me it was lots of fun– until it starts the decay process of your life and the lives of others.

    I know if someone told me this stuff when I was drinking and using,  I would get on the defensive immediately.  If you are not convinced that you have a problem, try this– why don’t you stop drinking for a month?

    Keep coming back,


  2. May 8, 2013

    May 8, 2013 by admin

    May 8, 2013 My plan for this blog is a little ‘check in’ for anyone, of course, but directed at our recovery community—which is here, there and most everywhere, (thanks to the internet!), followed by passing on some current info relative to the subject of  addiction. Yes, I am a recovering addict.  My home base is MIRACLE TERRACE, a sober living residence in Los Angeles.   “Every recovery, though it may go unnoticed, improves the world in some way.” The above quote is from the AA Grapevine.  The Grapevine is a publication of Acoholics Anonymous, which they refer to as ‘a meeting in print’.  I signed up to get a daily inspiration from The Grapevine via email.  I appreciate the message in my inbox each morning. If you’re interested, just go to www.aagrapevine.org and sign up.  The registration process is next to nothing since anonymity is a given in AA. You can sign up, also for a subscription in print or digitally for a minimal price, and there is lots of free content as well, including the daily inspiration.

    Thanks for reading and Keep Coming Back!


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