Relationships in Recovery: Why Is Dating Discouraged in Early Recovery? The advice to not date or become involved with someone intimately during early recovery is a frequent point of resistance. People involved in 12-step programs often rely on the one-year rule for guidance. In other words, it is recommended that someone not date during their..
We are entering the time of year when parties, family get-togethers and excessive eating, drinking and merriment can create difficult or at least tricky situations for those in recovery. Thanksgiving in particular can be a challenging time. Family interaction is often expected and it may be the first family get-together in a while. 6 Tips..
Its that time again for Chicagos only LGBTQ recovery weekend. It begins August 15th and continues until August 17th at the Center on Halsted. Chicago Roundup, Inc. is a volunteer-based organization for the celebration of 12-step recovery from alcohol and drug addiction within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered community. This organization produces engaging events in..
Codependency is a tricky term that is often used in everyday conversation. Although broader definitions explain the term as a general personality type, one of the original uses of codependency was the idea of a codependent individual having an unhealthy relationship with (often the spouse or child of) an alcoholic or drug addicted person. A..
From all the research that has been done in the field of addiction over the past 30-40 years, we know several factors are involved in the development and continuance of addictive behavior. Within the disease model of addiction, we understand the development of an addiction stems from the genes we have inherited. Once these particular..
Women are the fastest growing segment of the population who abuse substances, according to several research studies that have been done recently. Although more women than ever are suffering from substance abuse disorders, there still is a small number of women who actually are receiving treatment for their addiction. Substance abuse in women is often..
Admitted to ourselves, another person and our higher power the exact nature of our wrongs The fifth step in addiction recovery is one of the steps that has a large impact on members. After completing the fourth step by doing a moral inventory, you now share it. This is considered to be somewhat of a..
Do you worry that you or a loved one is an alcoholic or is abusing alcohol? What factors distinguish the difference between a social drinker and someone that has a problem? A huge factor in what people consider to be normal drinking is how they grew up and the habits of those around them. Just..
When people abuse alcohol or drugs, they are taking risks with their health. With Drug and Alcohol abuse it does not take long for damage to occur to ones brain, body, and mind. Along with the substance itself, there are risks and dangers associated with the lifestyle of substance abusers. Certain lifestyle risks include financial,..
Love and relationship addiction are part of the behavioral or process addictions. Like its cousins, food addiction, sex addiction, gambling addiction, shopping and spending addiction, love addiction describes a set of behaviors and emotions that slowly progress and become unmanageable, often leaving an affected person depressed and suicidal. In a society that glorifies love and..