Keeping it in “the I”

I’m an alcoholic, addict and codependent. My name is Bill.

When I came into the 12-step rooms, I was told several basic things: sit back, shut up and listen; don’t drink or drug between meetings, find a sponsor, work the steps, help others, and many more simple ways to find a sure footing on the path to recovery. I was not encouraged to share. My first sponsor told me that I didn’t really have anything worth hearing, and that unless I thought I was going to drink or drug that day to just sit back and listen on the unlikely chance that I might actually allow myself to learn something.

His logic was the following: Continue reading “Keeping it in “the I””

Complacency

Fight Complacency in AA and Avoid Relapse — Spiritual River

When I was in early sobriety, I imagined that there must be a certain point that people reach in recovery where they are now going to “make it.” A certain length of clean time where people are protected against the threat of relapse.

Turns out this simply isn’t true. In fact, the statistics for long term sobriety are quite frightening–-the drop off rate of relapsing addicts and alcoholics doesn’t really slow down much as your length of sobriety increases.

So what causes a person to relapse after experiencing a genuine sobriety? The answer is complacency.

Codependency

Codependency — or, as it used to be called, co-addiction or co-alcoholism — is one of the more difficult concepts to grasp in the area of addiction and recovery. The reason for that is simple, really, because codependency is just normal behavior taken to extremes. Codependency

World Health Organization To Tackle Alcohol Problem

The Health Assembly endorsed a six-year action plan to tackle what are now the leading threats to human health: noncommunicable diseases. These diseases – particularly cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases – caused 60% of all deaths globally in 2005 (estimated at 35 million deaths). Low- and middle-income countries are the worst affected by these diseases which are largely preventable by modifying four common risk factors: tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol.

Delegates also requested WHO – through a resolution – to intensify its work to curb harmful use of alcohol, which is the fifth leading risk factor for death and disability in the world. They called upon WHO to develop a global strategy for this purpose. The work on the strategy will start immediately and Member States will be consulted throughout the drafting process. The resolution also requests the Director- General to consult with intergovernmental organizations, health professionals, nongovernmental organizations and economic operators on ways they could contribute to reducing harmful use of alcohol. World Health Assembly sets bold new action for WHO

Alice Springs: “large-scale alcohol genocide”

A TERRITORY doctor has accused Alice Springs of “large-scale alcohol genocide” and called for solutions to “rampant alcoholism” at an international convention of surgeons.

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons said Alice Springs had the highest reported incidence of stab injuries in the world and violence accounted for more than half the annual trauma case load at Alice Springs Hospital.

Northern Territory News

Bar could be held responsible

WAUPUN, Wis. – A local tavern could possibly lose its liquor license or [the owner could] even face criminal charges after a man celebrating his 21st birthday there later died of alcohol poisoning.

Man dies of alcohol poisoning; bar could be held responsible — — chicagotribune.com

I know…you don’t want to hear about it…

According to research on cell phone addiction, addiction danger signs included running up huge bills and having irrational reactions to being without a phone if you forgot or lost your mobile.
Coping with Cell Phone Addiction – Psych Central