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Addicts of all types typically experience an increasing tolerance to the mood-altering effects of their substance/behavior of choice. In simplest terms, this occurs because the brain adjusts to excessive dopamine levels (created by the repeated use of an addictive substance or behavior) by producing less dopamine and/or reducing the number of dopamine receptors in the

  Please don’t pelt me with “haycorns”. I have revisited the stories of Winnie the Pooh with a new point of view. I have been looking at the early stories from the books “Winnie the Pooh” and “ Now We Are Six” by A.A. Milne with a fresh (recovery oriented) eye. We all struggle with

I am on the verge of a Borderline Personality Disorder diagnosis. When I faced disappointment today, I recognised something about myself that came out in this poem. The stereotype Borderline Personality Disorder sufferer is reactive outwardly. I am not. I wanted to share this. I live in words unspoken, the shore you see, gives no indication

This week Caroline spoke to me, and to all of us, about the concept of substitution.  Y’know, the way that we sometimes transfer addictions or transfer the severity of addictions. Caroline, talks about the years that she replaced heavy drinking with food restriction. Another of her friends cut back on drinking for a while and

Using dreams don’t necessarily indicate a hole in our program; for a drug addict, there’s nothing more natural than to dream of using drugs. It has been helpful to me to think of using dreams as gifts from my Higher Power, vividly reminding me of the insanity of active addiction and encouraging us to strengthen

Today’s chapter is a public service announcement of sorts. Caroline starts by sharing the twenty six question quiz she remembers reading to see if she had a problem with alcohol. The pamphlet said if she answered “yes” to even one question, she might have a problem with alcohol. She answered yes to nineteen. Oy vey! 

Triggers for sexual addiction are the thoughts and feelings that set the cycle of sex addiction in motion. There are two main types of sex addiction triggers – internal and external – and both can be incredibly powerful. Internal triggers are uncomfortable emotions, feelings, and experiences such as boredom, shame, depression, anger, anxiety, guilt, fear,

In this chapter, Caroline Knapp examines the phenomenon which occurs when we begin drinking alone along with the attendant activities. She talks about drinking alone before getting together with others because she didn’t want them to know how much she really drank. She expresses her thoughts about coming home from work and drinking all night

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