Speaking Up About Addiction

Untreated substance abuse often lead to a number of negative consequences beyond just physical damage.

Anxiety

Substance abuse triggers or intensify the feelings of anxiety, depression and overthinking and will over time develop into a vicious circle.

Relationships

As addiction progresses, it’s not uncommon for addicts to damage relationships and lose contact with family and friends.

Loneliness

Untreated and continued abuse of alcohol or drugs will contribute to even more feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Addiction hijacks your brain

Adictive behaviour such as abuse of alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, crystal meth, heroin, sex, shopping, overeating, gambling, videogames, SoMe and more creates a shortcut to the brains reward system. 

Seeking treatment for addiction can seem like a daunting and unmanageable task

But with proper treatment, addiction can be managed successfully. 

The first step, is often the hardest.

The first step, admitting you have a problem and asking for help, is often the hardest.
Addiction is a chronic disease and only a small percentage of individuals achieve spontaneous sobriety and recovery without treatment.

Another view of addiction

Dr. Gabor Mate has a slightly different approach to the cause of addiction than the majority of scientist.

Dr. Gabor Mate is proceeding that “every traumatized child doesn’t grow into an addict, but every addict has been a traumatized child.”

Denial Prevents recovery

Denial is a key obstacle to recovery. By denying if you suffer from an addiction, you are not only lying to yourself, you are also depriving yourself the opportunity to get the life you deserve.

The social consequences of addiction over time is dropping out of school, job loss, financial problems, troubled relationships, lying behavior and loneliness.

One step at a time

Overcoming an addiction where the goal is a long-term sobriety requires the will to get sober or clean.

One step at the time is the key to success.

Unfortunately, there is no such one-size-fits-all method, but we have chosen the 3 most well-known and successful.

Addiction

Treatment 

There is a wide range of treatment methods, but the availability in many cases depends on the country you live in.

Therefore our focus is primarily on the 12 step program because it is free of charge and it is accessible in over 200 countries and exists in almost every single city worldwide.

In addition, it is also a program that treats the cause behind your addiction and the one we know best ourselves.

Detoxification

Detoxification typically takes place in consultation with medical staff and allows you to rid your body of addictive substances in a safe environment.

Detoxification does not treat the underlying behavioral causes of the addiction, and therefore it is typically used in combination with cognitive therapies.

If you want to make use of this method, consult your doctor for further options.

Rehab

Rehab is an intensive treatment of addiction. Inpatient rehabs offer structured treatment programs designed to address all facets of an individual’s addiction. During inpatient rehab, patients reside in a substance-free facility and receive around-the-clock medical care and therapeutic support.

Most addiction treatment centers around the world follows Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program for their patients and adapt them to the different addictions.

The 12-step program

The 12-step program today is used to treat all kinds of addictions, but originally it started as what we know as Anonymous Alcoholics (AA).

AA is a global, community-based program that was created to help those struggling with problematic drinking get sober with the support of their peers through daily meetings and discussions surrounding addiction.

You can watch a video review of the 12 steps in the end of this page

More Info

To understand the philosophy of the 12-step program, it is useful to know a bit about its origin. The original 12-step program was written in 1935 for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

It first started out as a book which then turned into meetings where alcoholics can achieve sobriety by meeting other alcoholics.

Today there are daily meetings for all kinds of addictions in over 170 countries with over two million members*

*No membership required, people are anonymous, it’s free of charge and they just drop in.

The basic premise of the 12 Step Program is that people can help one another achieve and maintain abstinence from substances of abuse.

Twelve-Step programs is a commonly recommended and used treatment modality for various types of addiction.

Living close to an addict can be devastating. Therefore there is also 12 Step Program’s for families and other relatives. See more under Relatives.

Whether you are a relative or and addict, if you want to join a meeting just pick one close to you who covers your addiction and then show up.

There are meetings several times a week.

If you don’t know anything about the 12 step program use google and search in your area for a meeting that covers your addiction.

That’s all – then you are well on your way to your first step in your recovery and moving towards  healing and a sober lifestyle..

If you can’t find a meeting who covers your addiction – then find a AA meeting and join. The principles used in all treatment groups comes from AA and your are more than welcome to join a AA meeting anytime.

Living close to an addict can be devastating.

Auxiliary groups such as Al-Anon and Nar-Anon, for friends and family members of alcoholics and addicts, respectively, are part of a response to treating addiction as a disease that is enabled by family systems. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA or ACOA) addresses the effects of growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional family. Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) addresses compulsions related to relationships, referred to as codependency.

As a relative, you are always welcome to attend one of the mentioned groups, regardless of which drug or whatever relationship you may have with an addict. Also watch the video below to get some tips if you are close to an addict.

If you attend a 12 step meeting, you’ll frequently hear the word “sponsor“.

A sponsor is a person who has a good amount of sobriety and one that can help and guide you through the program and more specifically the 12 steps.

Sponsors and sponsees (The addict who is guided by the sponsor is called sponsee) participate in activities that lead to spiritual growth. Experiences in the program are often shared by outgoing members with incoming members. This rotation of experience is often considered to have a great spiritual reward. These may include practices such as literature discussion and study, meditation, and writing.

The 12 Step program treats the cause behind your addiction

That’s one of the reasons why the program have helped millions of people around the world.

Another reason is that 12 Step meetings are filled with smiles and laughter of addicts who freely tell their stories to other addicts.

You can watch all the steps below to see what to expect if you choose to use a 12 step program for your recovery. The videos are from Granate Recovery Center’s website

Learn about the steps

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Step 5 -7

Step 8-9

Step
10 -12

Ben Affleck on depression and addiction

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Living Sober

A life with zero hangovers and a life free of substance-related disorders, shame, blame, guilt and substance-related broken relationships.

A life where you are free to live the life you were meant to live.

Being addict and living sober is no longer a taboo, a sign of weakness or lack of willpower.

It shows great strength and courage and love for the people who care for and love you.

Are you a relative to an addict?

Play Video

Being a relative to an addict can be devastating and fraught with insecurity, mistrust, stress, mental problems and lack of self-confidence.

Get some effectful advices in the video and note that there are 12-step programs for relatives too, where you will meet other relatives who also have addicts close to them. 

If you have any questions regarding the 12 step program please feel free to contact us whether you are addict or relative. You can see the contact information here.
Speaking Up About Addiction

Untreated substance abuse often lead to a number of negative consequences beyond just physical damage.

Anxiety

Substance abuse triggers or intensify the feelings of anxiety, depression and overthinking and will over time develop into a vicious circle.

Relationships

As addiction progresses, it’s not uncommon for addicts to damage relationships and lose contact with family and friends.

Loneliness

Untreated and continued abuse of alcohol or drugs will contribute to even more feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Addiction hijacks your brain

Adictive behaviour such as abuse of alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, crystal meth, heroin, sex, shopping, overeating, gambling, videogames, SoMe and more creates a shortcut to the brains reward system. 

Seeking treatment for addiction can seem like a daunting and unmanageable task

But with proper treatment, addiction can be managed successfully. 

The first step, is often the hardest.

The first step, admitting you have a problem and asking for help, is often the hardest.

Addiction is a chronic disease and only a small percentage of individuals achieve spontaneous sobriety and recovery without treatment.

Another view of addiction

Dr. Gabor Mate has a slightly different approach to the cause of addiction than the majority of scientist.

Dr. Gabor Mate is proceeding that “every traumatized child doesn’t grow into an addict, but every addict has been a traumatized child.”

Denial Prevents recovery

Denial is a key obstacle to recovery. By denying if you suffer from an addiction, you are not only lying to yourself, you are also depriving yourself the opportunity to get the life you deserve.

The social consequences of addiction over time is dropping out of school, job loss, financial problems, troubled relationships, lying behavior and loneliness.

One step at a time

Overcoming an addiction where the goal is a long-term sobriety requires the will to get sober or clean.

One step at the time is the key to success.

Unfortunately, there is no such one-size-fits-all method, but we have chosen the 3 most well-known and successful.

Treatment 

There is a wide range of treatment methods, but the availability in many cases depends on the country you live in.

Therefore our focus is primarily on the 12 step program because it is free of charge and it is accessible in over 200 countries and exists in almost every single city worldwide.

In addition, it is also a program that treats the cause behind your addiction and the one we know best ourselves.

Detoxification

Detoxification typically takes place in consultation with medical staff and allows you to rid your body of addictive substances in a safe environment.

Detoxification does not treat the underlying behavioral causes of the addiction, and therefore it is typically used in combination with cognitive therapies.

If you want to make use of this method, consult your doctor for further options.

Rehab

Rehab is an intensive treatment of addiction. Inpatient rehabs offer structured treatment programs designed to address all facets of an individual’s addiction. During inpatient rehab, patients reside in a substance-free facility and receive around-the-clock medical care and therapeutic support.

Most addiction treatment centers around the world follows Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program for their patients and adapt them to the different addictions.

The 12-step program

The 12-step program today is used to treat all kinds of addictions, but originally it started as what we know as Anonymous Alcoholics (AA).

AA

AA is a global, community-based program that was created to help those struggling with problematic drinking get sober with the support of their peers through daily meetings and discussions surrounding addiction.

You can watch a video review of the 12 steps in the end of this page

More Info

To understand the philosophy of the 12-step program, it is useful to know a bit about its origin. The original 12-step program was written in 1935 for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

It first started out as a book which then turned into meetings where alcoholics can achieve sobriety by meeting other alcoholics.

Today there are daily meetings for all kinds of addictions in over 170 countries with over two million members*

*No membership required, people are anonymous, it’s free of charge and they just drop in.

The basic premise of the 12 Step Program is that people can help one another achieve and maintain abstinence from substances of abuse.

Twelve-Step programs is a commonly recommended and used treatment modality for various types of addiction.

Living close to an addict can be devastating. Therefore there is also 12 Step Program’s for families and other relatives. See more under Relatives.

Whether you are a relative or and addict, if you want to join a meeting just pick one close to you who covers your addiction and then show up.

There are meetings several times a week.

If you don’t know anything about the 12 step program use google and search in your area for a meeting that covers your addiction.

That’s all – then you are well on your way to your first step in your recovery and moving towards  healing and a sober lifestyle..

If you can’t find a meeting who covers your addiction – then find a AA meeting and join. The principles used in all treatment groups comes from AA and your are more than welcome to join a AA meeting anytime.

Living close to an addict can be devastating.

Auxiliary groups such as Al-Anon and Nar-Anon, for friends and family members of alcoholics and addicts, respectively, are part of a response to treating addiction as a disease that is enabled by family systems. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA or ACOA) addresses the effects of growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional family. Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) addresses compulsions related to relationships, referred to as codependency.

As a relative, you are always welcome to attend one of the mentioned groups, regardless of which drug or whatever relationship you may have with an addict. Also watch the video below to get some tips if you are close to an addict.

If you attend a 12 step meeting, you’ll frequently hear the word “sponsor“.

A sponsor is a person who has a good amount of sobriety and one that can help and guide you through the program and more specifically the 12 steps.

Sponsors and sponsees (The addict who is guided by the sponsor is called sponsee) participate in activities that lead to spiritual growth. Experiences in the program are often shared by outgoing members with incoming members. This rotation of experience is often considered to have a great spiritual reward. These may include practices such as literature discussion and study, meditation, and writing.

The 12 Step program treats the cause behind your addiction

That’s one of the reasons why the program have helped millions of people around the world.

Another reason is that 12 Step meetings are filled with smiles and laughter of addicts who freely tell their stories to other addicts.

You can watch all the steps below to see what to expect if you choose to use a 12 step program for your recovery. The videos are from Granate Recovery Center’s website

Learn about the steps

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Step 5 -7

Step 8-9

Step
10 -12

Living Sober

A life with zero hangovers and a life free of substance-related disorders, shame, blame, guilt and substance-related broken relationships.

A life where you are free to live the life you were meant to live.

Being addict and living sober is no longer a taboo, a sign of weakness or lack of willpower.

It shows great strength and courage and love for the people who care for and love you.

Ben Affleck about depression and addiction

10 Celebs You Had No Idea Battled Addiction

Are you a relative to an addict?

Play Video

Being a relative to an addict can be devastating and fraught with insecurity, mistrust, stress, mental problems and lack of self-confidence.

Get some effectful advices in the video and note that there are 12-step programs for relatives too, where you will meet other relatives who also have addicts close to them. 

If you have any questions regarding the 12 step program please feel free to contact us whether you are addict or relative.

You can see the contact information here.

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