‘“It doesn’t work for everyone” – a take on 12-step approaches’ by DJMac

iStock_000011501444XSmall-300x199Excellent blog from the DJMac website. Good discussion as well.

‘What follows is a guest blog by a GP who gives a personal view on professional perspectives of mutual aid:

“Astonished”
I was astonished the first time I was taken to an NA meeting. I mean, really gobsmacked – you could have knocked me off my seat. The room was full of recovering heroin addicts; something I’d never seen in my 20 years (at that time) in practice.

I was both excited – at the possibilities – and ashamed – at the fact that I didn’t know such places existed. It curls my toes to think of it now, but I had not referred my patients to them. That was a while back.

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Making Excuses for Alcoholism

imagesHere is an interesting article on denial written by Emily Battaglia for the Drug & Alcohol Addiction Recovery Magazine. Thanks to my friend Michael Scott for finding this article.

‘Addiction is often accompanied by denial. Denial makes it possible for the addict to continue his habits in the face of serious negative consequences.

Individuals struggling with alcoholism tend to employ a certain set of excuses when it comes to facing their destructive behavior.The reason that many alcoholics exhibit similar behavior in this area may simply be due to the fact that these individuals share certain personality traits and psychological vulnerabilities which drew them to alcohol in the first place.

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