March 27, 2018

Do You Have Withdrawal Symptoms When You Quit Gambling?

We typically associate withdrawal symptoms with addiction to substances. Your body gets used to the presence of a certain chemical and gradually adapts to it. You need the substance to feel normal and when you quit, your system is out of balance. This causes various withdrawal symptoms which typically include headaches, irritability, nausea, insomnia, and depression. What may be surprising is that you don’t have to be addicted to a substance to feel withdrawal symptoms.

March 26, 2018

Why Gambling is So Addictive

If you gamble regularly, the question, ‘Why is gambling addictive?’ probably seems absurd. Gambling is addictive because it’s fun and exciting. But plenty of things are fun and exciting without being addictive. What is it about gambling that is so compelling that otherwise responsible people will spend all their savings then steal money to gamble more? In gambling, there is a confluence of addictive psychological factors, what billionaire Charlie Munger aptly calls a ‘jackpot’. Here are the major factors.

March 23, 2018

What if I’m not Comfortable Sharing at 12 Step Meetings?

Sharing your experiences with addiction and recovery is a cornerstone of 12 Step programmes. It allows you to tell others your story and let them know they aren’t alone. It helps you get clarity on your challenges and applause for your victories. It keeps you honest when your thinking goes astray. It can also be very difficult, especially at the beginning. If you have trouble sharing, here are some thoughts to consider.

March 22, 2018

What to Share at AA Meetings

Sharing at meetings is an important part of recovery. Sharing makes you feel more like part of the group, creating a sense of mutual support. It allows you to get feedback on your problems so you don’t get lost in delusional thinking. It helps you feel better and get some clarity on your problems. Sharing is essential, but you want to share the right things. Here are some tips for sharing at meetings.

March 21, 2018

Why Sharing at AA Matters

Sharing with the group is a fundamental part of AA. You might think you can just go to meetings, listen, and work the steps, but if you don’t share, you are missing out. There are several reasons sharing is important at AA.

March 20, 2018

Alcohol is the Real Gateway Drug

Marijuana has typically been decried as a “gateway drug” that leads to more dangerous drugs like cocaine and heroin. This argument has resurfaced as legalisation of marijuana in the US has become more likely. The problem with this argument is that it ignores a far more obvious culprit--alcohol.

March 19, 2018

3 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress During Recovery

Stress is dangerous in recovery. It’s one of the most common causes of relapse. For many people, using was a way of avoiding problems. Learning to face problems without recourse to drugs or alcohol is hard. Worse, people are much more sensitive to stress early in recovery because their neurotransmitters are still adjusting. Even minor setbacks can feel like a catastrophe. That’s why it’s important to manage your stress as much as possible during recovery.

March 16, 2018

How to Relax During Recovery

Relaxation is important for recovery. It reduces stress and anxiety. It improves sleep and makes you healthier. Unfortunately, it’s easier said than done. Much of the tension and anxiety you feel during early recovery is chemical. Your brain has not quite sorted out its levels of GABA, dopamine, and glutamate. It might be a while before you can relax deeply without chemical help, but taking time to relax will make other parts of recovery go better.

March 15, 2018

Why Relaxation is so Important for Recovery

With everything going on in detox, treatment, and recovery, relaxation is easy to overlook. We often talk about how recovery takes work. It takes self-discipline and facing uncomfortable truths. All this is true, but if you want to keep up all that hard work and self-discipline, you will need plenty of rest. Just as top athletes know that rest is part of training, you should remember that relaxation is part of recovery. Here’s why.

March 14, 2018

Why Humility is Important for Addiction Recovery

Humility is a part of recovery that is easy to overlook. People think about detox and meetings and therapy. They might even think about creating a healthier lifestyle, with friends who exert a more positive influence. However, none of this is possible without humility.