The Disease Of Addiction

April 14th, 2009

Many addicts and families have struggled through the years trying to learn how to become good moral upstanding people. The reality of addiction is that it has nothing to do with morality and everything to do with being sick.

Imagine if you were sick and the people closest to you would tell and tell you “will you pease stop sweating and vomiting already!” no, we would never think of being so cruel, yet we continually blame, yell and scold our addicts as if that would cure the addiction.

Addiction Is…….

Primary- It is not necessarily a symptom of a larger issue, the truth is that it is a problem by itself. Maybe it started off as stress, peer pressure but eventually turned into a monster of its own.

Progressive- This is a sickness that grows over time, tolerance developes which causes the addicts to continue increasing their drug seeking desired results. Eventually using more and more with reduced euphoria.

Crucial- Addiction is a serious issue that can not be taken light hartedly, if you had a loved one in a burning building and they didn;t want to get out, what would you do to ensure their safety.

Chronic-Addiction is not something that you “beat” “or win” this is something that is life lasting, a person with addiction troubles will forever have to address the symptoms associated it.

Often Times Fatal- People every day die from addiction, one of the greatest resources we have in this world are “people”our families, friends and colleagies, there will never be another one like them. There is no cure for addiciton but there is treatment and that is where we come in…

to stop the progression of the disease and initiate the recovery process that is needed for one more day clean and sober…

Rick Reyes, CADC II, ICADC

Enough Already, book review

April 14th, 2009

Enough Already

by Bob Tyler, B.A, CADC, II, ICADC

Enough Already

Enough Already! is an easy read that educates alcoholics and addicts on precisely what to do to get and stay sober. After learning about the disease of alcoholism/addiction and time-tested tools of recovery, the reader is introduced to relapse prevention strategies, the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12 Step programs, and coping skills to deal with uncomfortable emotions that often lead to drug and alcohol use. This is followed by specific instructions on how to get started in recovery and a final inspiring chapter entitled “The Miracle.” Having years of sobriety and experience in the field of chemical dependency, Bob presents the information in this book drawing from personal and professional perspectives. Therefore, the reader learns the principles of sobriety and how to apply them in daily living through Bob’s candid self-disclosure – a unique quality of this book, perfect for anyone in recovery or a family that yould like to learn about the process of recovery.