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SUBSTANCE ABUSE STATISTICS

Posted by Cate
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Why is it that only 2 million of the estimated 40 million people with substance abuse problems ask for help? It is possible that the stigma of addiction prevents them from being honest? For me, the answer is yes.

For years I suffered in silence with multiple forms of addiction.  I worried what my family would think.  I worried what my friends would say.  I worried I would lose my job and my ability to attract a life mate.

A girl voted most likely to succeed and homecoming queen shouldn't puke in toilets.  A girl from a good family shouldn't snort cocaine or sleep with a stranger.  It took a near death experience to convince me to place my welfare ahead of my image.  What will it take for you?

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Cate Stevens. Founder of Addictionland.com, has over fifteen years of recovery from food, drug, alcohol, cigarette and unhealthy relationship addiction. Cate’s approach to recovery is based on the 12 steps, as well the practice of spiritual principles, exercise, good nutrition, and meditation. Cate’s personal, ongoing recovery process has benefited tremendously from the free sponsorship of other women.



Cate has successfully coached hundreds of women to develop specific, daily action plans to support their personal and professional goals. Cate majored in journalism and communications and is the author of "Addictionland: Key Lessons from My Rollercoaster Ride to Freedom from Food, Drug, Alcohol, Cigarette and Unhealthy Relationship Addiction", a series of powerful vignettes.



As a motivational speaker, educator and coach, Cate is highly effective and inspirational. Cate leverages her experience from premier sales, management and leadership training programs to teach her clients how to be sober, productive and fulfilled.

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Joelle
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Joelle Thursday, 30 September 2010

Thanks Cate. I also worried about what people would think. I worried when I left work at lunch to attend a 60 minute 12 step meeting but I never worried when I took a 2 hour lunch with colleagues/clients when we also drank wine or beer. Amazing but true that I thought it was more acceptable to my employers to return a little buzzed, but unacceptable to go to a meeting and return refreshed.

But I'm grateful that thinking that way didn't stop me from going to meetings. And I no longer feel/think that way.

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CleanLiving87 Thursday, 07 October 2010

Re-Wire Your Thinking

The judgment of others on you is definitely a difficult obstacle to face when you think you have an addiction problem. With step-by-step re-wired thinking, one can overcome this stigma and suddenly realize that they need to do this for themselves!

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pressingtheissue Wednesday, 08 December 2010

I Found Out It Is Possible

Thanks Cate, I thought that I couldn't perform if i was not intoxicated. I also thought that I had everyone fooled! When I began my steps to recovery, I had sunk as low as possible. I can't believe how amazing I feel today as I put the pieces back together.

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