Author: Phillip

“This Too Shall Pass”

“This Too Shall Pass”

Newly sober addicts will probably find a myriad of situations suddenly requiring their attention.  These types of situations can be relational, financial, work-related, health concerns, loss of a career, divorce or separation, homelessness, legal issues, and many other types of difficulties.  It may appear to the addict that he has entered a long, dark tunnel

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Self Care

Many of us while active in our addictions may become somewhat removed with keeping up personal grooming and hygiene.  This can have a very negative effect on our mentality and how we view ourselves.  When feeling the effects of the highs and lows of our addiction we may become more disheartened by the way we

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Self Care
12 Step Slogans

12 Step Slogans

Easy Does It What exactly does this slogan mean?  However, we could better start our discussion with what it doesn’t mean.  It could be a paraphrase of “do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” Addicts are known for procrastination when it comes to performing common tasks or carrying out responsibilities.  It

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Craving Phenomena in Addiction & Rehabilitation

Craving Phenomena in Addiction & Rehabilitation

In the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book, the section entitled “The Doctor’s Opinion,” goes into detail regarding the physical component of craving found in most addicts.  This type of craving never appears in a normal drinker.  Dr. William D. Silkworth who wrote the Doctor’s Opinion, also believes that once an addict consumes an addictive substance that

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Obsession, What To Do When You’re Obsessed?

What is Obsession? An obsession is a thought process that manifests itself in the mind according to 12 Step literature.  It is an idea that overcomes all other ideas.  The thought tells the addict that they cannot be happy unless they are using the substances(s) they are craving.  They never feel satisfied unless they are

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Obsession, What To Do When You’re Obsessed?