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1. What are the key ingredients to a successful, long term recovery from bulimia?

 

The things that have helped me the most are abstaining from alcohol, continuing to work on the emotional challenges that always come up in life, maintaining a moderate and healthy approach to food, never weighing myself, staying active with a variety of sports, pursuing my own professional/personal goals, giving support and help to others who want guidance, having a spiritual practice, having a contagiously positive circle of friends, being grateful for my blessings, and sharing my story with those who still struggle because it keeps my addiction fresh in a good way.

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Posted by on in Drug Addiction

In honor of Red Ribbon Week, I thought I would post this awesome video infographic that explains how drugs are affecting more than our families and ourselves but also our economy overall. $300 billion is spent on drugs in America, that's enough to solve world hunger!

View the full video here: http://www.12keysrehab.com/blog/economics-of-drug-abuse-video

View the full infographic here: http://www.12keysrehab.com/blog/the-economics-of-drug-abuse-infographic

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Posted by on in Gambling Addiction

Hello Recovery Friends & New Visitors,

As a regular person in recovery for almost 7 years, I'm baffled on HOW many different views there are about addicted gambling. It really can be a bit confusing to those seeking Recovery. I say this because as I work on two follow-up books I'm currently writing, I do a lot of research from Blogs, Websites, and rely on Google Search A LOT. If you happen to Google "Facts" about addicted gambling, you get MANY views of What it's about, and How to treat the illness. So I thought I'd share a few of the "OPINIONS" out there about this addiction. They first is from a "MEDICAL VIEW" about this cunning addiction, and in the very 1st paragraph, it calls this addiction a, "Mental-Health problem", which I seem to STRONGLY disagree with.......

*A MEDICAL VIEW*

What is a gambling addiction?

Gambling addiction is a *mental-health problem* that is understood to be one of  many kinds of impulse-control problems a person may suffer from. The types of  gambling that people with this disorder might engage in are as variable as the  games available. Betting on sports, buying lotto tickets, playing poker, slot  machines, or roulette are only a few of the activities in which compulsive  gamblers engage. The venue of choice for individuals with gambling addiction  varies as well. While many prefer gambling in a casino, the rate of online/Internet  gambling addiction continues to increase with increased use of the Internet. Gambling addiction is also called compulsive gambling or pathological gambling.

Estimates of the number of people who gamble socially qualify for being  diagnosed with a gambling addiction range from 2%-5%, thereby  affecting millions of people in the United States alone. Although more men than  women are thought to suffer from pathological gambling, women are developing  this disorder at higher rates, now making up as much as 25% of individuals with  pathological gambling. Other facts about compulsive gambling are that men tend  to develop this disorder during their early teenage years while women tend to  develop it later.

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Posted by on in Alcoholism

Compassion vs. Loving-Kindness

In meditation practices, we are advised to have compassion for any suffering. Whether it is ours or somebody else's, the wise response to suffering is compassion. Compassion is often defined as "the quivering of the heart." Metta or loving-kindness is unconditional friendliness directed toward everyone and everything, while compassion is taking this same feeling and specificallySelf-Compassion directing it toward suffering.

Self-Compassion and Unpleasant Feelings

When we have a feeling that we find unpleasant, our first reaction is often to avert. We hate it, and wish that it wasn't there. We either run from it or push it away. In meditation, we often have unpleasantness arise. Whether it is in the form of a physical sensation, a thought, or an emotion, unpleasantness happens. However, our reaction of aversion does not need to happen. The Buddha taught that this aversion is one of the Three Poisons, or one of the chief causes of suffering.

Every time I sit, I experience unpleasant feelings, thoughts, or emotions. I have practiced the brahmaviharas and am quite familiar with the idea of compassion. After practicing for quite some time, compassion was something I understood from an intellectual standpoint more than an experiential one. I understood that when we have an unpleasant feeling, we are to respond with compassion. I also understood that in compassion, we don't avert from our unpleasant feelings.

On my recent retreat, I was having a rather unpleasant few days. Sitting in meditation, I had many unpleasant thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations arising. On the second night, one of the teachers gave a dharma talk on self-compassion. For the first time, I truly understood compassion from my own personal experience.

In the past I had thought of compassion as a response to suffering that was better than aversion. However, a part of me expected that with compassion, the pain would dissipate. In this experience, I had the realization that with compassion, I am allowing the unpleasantness to be a part of my experience.

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Posted by on in Gambling Addiction

Hello Addictionland friends & new visitors,


Sometimes it can be rare to find wonderful friends along our path in life, but can be a Wee Bit rarer when we find Good Supportive friends in Recovery from "Addicted Compulsive Gambling".....So when I do meet new people in recovery, I'm blessed and I cherish those relationships. So I wanted to tell you about my good friend, and fantastic recovery Author, *Marilyn Lancelot*.....

Marilyn and I have been friends for a bit over a year, and I have to tell you, she has always been there for me with a ear to listen, and a shoulder to lean on when I need recovery support, encouragement, and More! She truly has done so much for other women recovering from addicted gambling. So here is more about my good friend, and her book & reviews. *Catherine*

Gripped by Gambling mslancelot@cox.net

Click on: YouTube Video for a glimpse into the addictionAlso available in Kindle edition.

One weekend on my way home from work, the numbers on my odometer read 77,776.7 miles. Because the driveway to my house was circular, I could drive around until the odometer reached all 7's. With each trip around the yard, the odometer added one tenth of a mile.


With my heart pounding, I raced around the circle, spinning gravel into the air while my grand-kids waved from the front porch. When the odometer reached the magic number and rolled over to six sevens, I slammed on the brakes and ran into the house screaming, “Tommie, come quick and see what happened . . . there’s six sevens on the odometer, three for you and three for me.” I twirled around the kitchen and yelling, “Let’s hit the road! Right now!” Anything with seven in it was good luck, street signs, license plates, billboards and even adding page numbers in a book. But this sign was special because it had six of the lucky numbers...

Even as I drove down the streets in Yuma, I watched for cars with license plates with sevens in them, or if all the numbers in the license plate added up to a seven, it meant good luck. Or if there was a twenty-one in the number, I could divide it by three and then I had three sevens. I believed in lucky jewelry, especially my crystals and lucky clothes, like my red blouse...

Your can visit her website for Help, and Information at: http://www.GrippedByGambling.com & Purchase her book at:
http://www.amazon.com/Gripped-Gambling-Marilyn-Lancelot/dp/158736770X


*Marilyn has done some Generous work in many of the ARIZONA STATE *Womens Prisons & Womens Correctional Institues to bring Relief for women who are addicted gamblers. Marilyn was successful in starting *Gamblers Anonymous Meetings* for these women to find Recovery while being incarcerated. http://gamblersaynonmous.org

Her book "Gripped by Gambling" is also HER PERSONAL STORY of addicted compulsive gambling. On her website above, you can really get a look and get INSIGHT as how Women Gamble for many different reasons than Men.

What this woman endured is an INSPIRATION to many of us! Here is my Review on her book, "Gripped by Gambling".....


* MY REVIEW Of MARILYN'S BOOK *

I have to say the I was captivated by the info on this authors book to begin with. It said how a woman, in front of her family and grand kids had police and Federal police came to her home and took her away in hand cuffs!!

WELL, that was all I needed to want to read her True Story and experience of late in Life and finding yourself in the middle of a full blown Compulsive Addicted Gambling Addiction! She shares her time and experience in Prison, and how NOW she helps many other women still in Prison, and they have Gamblers Anonymous meetings to help them all through the State of Arizona!

This book is not ONLY a must read for others touched by Gambling Addiction, but for the Insights it holds about the Disease that the Public needs to be aware of!

Great Job Marilyn, and THANK YOU for your Friendship and Recovery Support!

Now here is one more REVIEW by I feel from a Professional who understands about Addicted Compulsive Gambling ~ and is a review from Amazon/Books.

"GRIPPED BY GAMBLING"

A review by Don Hulen:

Finally! A book about a woman compulsive gambler, an Escape Gambler. Thank you Marilyn. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and that person is a woman or just plays slot machines you need to read this book. It is real. When I finally got a copy I read it from beginning to end. I am ADHD, and that is the first time in probably 30 years I have done that.


It isn't about flipping coins when you were seven or eight, betting on the ponies, playing dice or the numbers. It isn't about craps, poker or blackjack. Its a book about a woman who couldn't stop gambling. I will say it again, couldn't stop gambling. Every counselor who treats or pretends to treat Escape Compulsive gambling should read this book and have a copy in their library for required reading by patients. I have read many of the books written by problem/compulsive gamblers. I have read many of the articles written about problem gamblers...

The majority are about men who gambled huge amounts and seem to glorify their gambling. Marilyn has written about the pain, the real pain she caused her children, her grandchildren her lover and her sister, her victim as well as herself. Witting about these experiences while pointing the finger directly at yourself is a very difficult thing to do. I know, I can't seem to do it.

I was there in the court room when they slapped the handcuffs on her and took her to prison while her children and grandchildren were crying. I was there when her boyfriend died. I was there when her son died. I was there when her grandson who is now in prison was the lead story on the news. I was there when her daughter finally got straight. I was there when she started a meeting for women (despite adverse consequences). I was there when some of us didn't really accept women into our program but she insisted on coming and changed our program forever.

Its been over sixteen years since I met Marilyn, I thought I knew something about women gamblers, I didn't know anything until I read her book.

Don Hulen, Executive Director, Arizona Council on Compulsive Gambling

*I hope you will take time to Read & Leave a Review fro her on  Amazon and it truly is WORTH A READ!

God Bless All,...*Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon :-)
"ONE BOOK AT A TIME WE CAN RECOVER"!


 

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Posted by on in Alcoholism

Staying sober requires that we develop skills that further long-term abstinence. While there are many ways to achieve recovery, I would like to discuss Mindfulness as a tool that has been valuable to me and a host of clients I’ve worked with over the last 28 years.

Mindfulness is a concept that talks about the practice of focusing your attention and awareness based on the concept of mindfulness in Buddhist meditation. It has been popularized by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Mindfulness continues to be taught independently of religion.

My sense is that while Mindfulness is a relatively new approach to addiction recovery I have found this concept to have merit. It’s very likely that you’ll find this approach does not conflict with your current program of recovery. I quit using alcohol and drugs over 33 years ago and feel like incorporating the practice of Mindfulness has been very helpful in various parts of my sobriety…..and my life.

While I am certainly not an expert I would like to give you one way to practice mindfulness.

Perhaps you’re at a stage in your recovery where urges, cravings and addictive impulses overwhelm you. Perhaps you feel anxious more than you’d like, or perhaps you’d simply like to add another tool to your toolbox. I sense this method might be helpful to you. I like to explain Mindfulness by way of the acronym S.O.B.E.R:

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Posted by on in Gambling Addiction

Hello Recovery Friends, Readers, & New Visitor’s,

I happened to get a Very Important Email today from my “PAL Les Bernal” and felt I needed to *SHARE* it in the *SPIRIT* of Educating the public about MY addiction I’m recovering from for almost 7 years now. Compulsive Addicted Gambling Addiction is a
REAL Addiction & Disease….

Many DON’T know, with ALL the Indian Casino’s popping up all over the United States, and many individual States NOW allowing there STATE LOTTERY to have Slot Style Machines, just like the one’s that were EVERYWHERE in my home STATE of OREGON, and you find in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

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Posted by on in Alcoholism

Chris Lemig Author The Narrow Way"Using Guilt on the Path" is a guest post from the amazing Chris Lemig, author of The Narrow Way: A Memoir of Coming Out, Getting Clean, and Finding Buddha. We just started reading his book recently here (and we are loving it!), and are absolutely thrilled to have a piece from Chris here. Read the post, and check out the info at the bottom to find out more about Chris and where you can find him!

I was having lunch with a friend the other day. We were reminiscing about the drug days. We're both in recovery, have been for years, and for both of us the Dharma has played a big part in that path's success.

But however different our lives are today, the memories of our past mistakes still occasionally return unbidden to haunt us and sometimes keep us peeking over the blankets in the dark, late at night.

"Was that really me?" we ask ourselves and whisper, "Could I become that person again?"

Then the images of all the people we've hurt, lied to, threatened and stolen from rise up in our minds like ghosts and banshees.

Whatever teachings I've heard about guilt being nothing but the worst kind of ego-grasping, something we should learn to let go of, just fly out the door at those times.

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Posted by on in Alcoholism

A Bottom in Recovery

This is a wonderful anonymous guest post on hitting a Bottom while sober. A honest, raw piece, we are very grateful for this insightful submission!

Being sober is the most wonderful gift I’ve ever received.  And for the first five years of my sobriety, I lived in a world of perpetual perkiness.  I even walked through a marriage and divorce with what dignity and grace.  And then that special someone walked into my life.  And I was completely smitten!  People commented on a regular basis about how good we were together….and we were.  Or so I thought.  What I realized was that I had entered my first relationship in recovery and was truly in love for the first time.  But I was alone in that and the relationship ended abruptly and very unexpectedly.  This was an emotional bottom, for me, of great magnitude.

I never hit a bottom like this as a still suffering alcoholic.  And it was huge.  The stages of grief were almost more than I could handle.  I was desperate to turn off the emotions.  I was desperate to not feel at all.  And I wanted to drink!

My heart physically hurt and the pain was nearly unbearable.  The question that may come to mind for some people reading this is, “How could a person cause this much pain to someone with five years of sobriety?”  The answer to that question is: I still had a lot of work to do on me and God waited until I was able to handle it to do the work.

Prior to that relationship beginning, I had begun work on a very intense sex inventory.  This one involved all of my past and it was quite scary.  You see, my story includes a lot of alcohol combined with sex.  And I did NOT want to do this inventory.  So when a new distraction came along, I opted to stop doing the inventory.

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