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Reading Guide for ‘The Doctor’s Opinion’

“The Doctor’s Opinion” is an important part of the Big Book, as it details a physician’s view of alcoholism and recovery. (Minerva Studio/Shutterstock) Those who enter recovery at a step-based treatment center will often be handed a copy of Alcoholics Anonymous (also known as “the Big Book”) almost as soon as they are admitted and…

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Ridding Yourself of Hangovers Forever

One of the worst parts of getting drunk is inarguably the hangover. You think that you’re having some fun night out on the town, but then you wake up to a hangover that just won’t quit. You may have methods of trying to get rid of it, but these methods will usually fall flat. At…

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Patience Is A Virtue

Waiting can be difficult. Everyone finds themselves wanting a new job, a new place to live, or just a general change in life. The problem is that no matter how much we want these things, we cannot always make them happen as quickly as we would like. Sometimes, we have to learn a thing or…

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Accepting Loss in Recovery

We all lose things. Even people. These things and people may be quite dear to us, or they may be things without which we can live quite happily. But no matter what the circumstances, each and every one of us will encounter loss at some point in our lives. To expect any different would be…

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Finding Normalcy After A Life of Dealing Drugs

We talk a lot about alcoholism and drug addiction, but there are inevitably those among us who played a somewhat more active role in the drug world. While others were simply buying and using their drugs of choice, some of us were actively dealing drugs and keeping others addicted. We may have seen this as…

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The Link Between Sobriety and Maturity

What were your favorite activities when you were drunk or high? Most people don’t drink or do drugs and then just sit there in the darkness. We all have at least one activity or another—likely several—that provided us some sort of experience we found enjoyable when under the influence. Some sort of experience we believed…

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Emotional Disturbance: Highs and Lows

If there is one thing for which addicts and alcoholics are not widely known, it is our emotional stability. We may have our good days. We may spend years as high-functioning addicts and alcoholics, able to appear normal despite our intoxication. At times, we may even have others convinced that we really are better off…

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Establishing a Sober Routine

Addicts and alcoholics aren’t generally accustomed to living a life of routine. We may have certain rituals, getting high in the morning or drunk at certain events. We may be used to taking a swig when we first wake up to try and cure our hangovers. But in general, any kind of healthy routine is…

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Isolation and the Road to Relapse

Everyone feels a little bit lonely from time to time. We discussed this briefly in our article on HALT (Hunger, Anger, Loneliness and Tiredness). But with just a few short paragraphs, we could not possibly dive into the full depth of emotion experienced by those who feel that they are truly alone in the world.…

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Do’s and Don’ts of Telling Your Story

You may not know the answer to this question when you first begin, but the following should help you figure it out. (Ivelin Radkov/Shutterstock) Those of us who enter programs such as AA and NA may eventually be charged with the task of telling our stories to others. This may be in the form of…

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