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Doctor insights on: 3rd Step Prayer Of Alcoholics Anonymous

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Is alcoholics anonymous a spiritual/ religious program?

Is alcoholics anonymous a spiritual/ religious program?

Sort of: Aa believes in a "higher power, " but they are not per se a religious organization nor does one have to be religious to benefit from the program. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Blixt
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Alcoholics Anonymous (Definition)

AA, or Alcoholics Anonymous, is an organization of men and women who share their experiences, strength, and hope with one another regarding their struggles with alcohol. These individuals provide support for one another to achieve the shared ...Read more


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What is the aspect of sex addiction & hyper religiousity that keeps people in aa sober?

What is the aspect of sex addiction & hyper religiousity that keeps people in aa sober?

Wow - generalization: Alcoholics anonymous is a program that incorporates spirituality (not religion). Although there are some alcohol dependent individuals who also have sexual addictions - that is by no means the majority. People come back because it provides hope. It helps to keep them alive and helps to keep them sane. ...Read more

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Could atheists join and benefit from the "12 steps" alcohol treatment?

Most definitely: Aa does not demand any particular belief, only openness to spirituality. Spirituality is not religion. Aa talks of a "spiritual awakening." you could call it an "emotional awakening" and have it mean the same thing. In fact, I have known of particular aa meetings specifically for atheists and agnostics in some areas. ...Read more

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Symptoms of alcoholism--like wanting a glass of wine when meeting friends?

Symptoms of alcoholism--like wanting a glass of wine when meeting friends?

Not like this: Alcoholism is an addiction. This is a craving for something, in this case alcohol, which causes physical and mental distress and dysfunction unless the substance is ingested. If your alcoholic intake is social as you described, it is not an addiction. If you drink in private, consuming glass after glass, you might have a problem. ...Read more

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Stages of grief when dealing with a suicude of a loved one ? My best friends husband commited suicide on 10/1/12. She's shutting me out per say.

Stages of grief when dealing with a suicude of a loved one ? My best friends husband commited suicide on 10/1/12. She's shutting me out per say.

Grief stages: The kübler-ross model, commonly known as the five stages of grief, includes denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. This applies to suicides as well as other types of loss. But people vary: these stages don't always happen, or happen in this order. Be available (but not intrusive) to your friend. Grief counseling may help if she's open to it. ...Read more

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Is the 12 step program for eating disorders similar to the 12 step program for alcoholics/drug users?

Is the 12 step program for eating disorders similar to the 12 step program for alcoholics/drug users?

Yes: The steps are largely the same. All 12 -step groups are based on the same steps. Admitting they were powerless over their illness/problem. And admitting that a power greater than themselves could restore them to sanity. Then following a series of steps to come to terms with their past actions and to enable them to lead fruitful productive lives and to be of service to others who suffered simil. ...Read more

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How would you start an alcoholics anonymous and narcotic anonymous meeting in a local community?

Positive 12 steps: You can start a neutral program - positive 12 step program. You can find either local library or town/ church to give you space. Try to have weekly meeting and be consistent. Learn more at http://positive12steps.Org. ...Read more

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Is alcoholics anonymous effective?

If u work the progra: It is effective provide you work the program. ...Read more

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Can alcoholics anonymous meetings actually be addictive?

Can alcoholics anonymous meetings actually be addictive?

Controversial: There are some people who believe that 12-step programs can resemble a "cult" process. However, most professionals in this field definitely do not believe this, and having met tens of thousands of people in aa and na, I do not believe that this is true either. People who benefit from meetings go to more meetings, and get more out of it. Addiction implies it does harm- in most folks it does good. ...Read more

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Do the twelve steps of recovery work for alcoholics?

Yes, absolutely: Why else would people be hanging out in those rooms for over 70 years, it works without a doubt. It takes a lot of work though, 1-2 meeting is not a cure. People who listen to others go to lots of meeting, 90 in 90 days, do the steps and get a sponsor have amazing results. Its not the only answer and others find excellent recovery in other ways this is true, but it does work. Its also free! ...Read more

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What might b good way 2 approach spouse addiction 2 internet(OBSESSED w news&posting on political msg boards)w/o making him defensive&angry?PLZ HELP!

What might b good way 2 approach spouse addiction 2 internet(OBSESSED w news&posting on political msg boards)w/o making him defensive&angry?PLZ HELP!

Alanon? Therapy?: Many discover that there is little we can do to change others. It is hard enough to change ourselves! You can find possible support at an Alanon meeting or from a psychotherapist. Then, you might find the voice to use to invite spouse to help you with your problem. I know this sounds backward. It's not. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it normal to not like one type of meeting in aa (speaker, big book, living sober, 12&12, etc.)?

Yes: You don't have to like everything in aa, just enough to keep you going back, focus on the positive, keep an open mind, and remain willing. Crazy thing about aa is if you stick with it, what you don't like now you may love in the future. But maybe not, plenty of meetings to choose from. ...Read more

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Bingeing for 27 yrs always in therapy incl cbt, ret, group, analysis, oa, ssris, bupropion, diaphr.Breathing, yoga, meditation, exercise...Is there still hope?

Bingeing for 27 yrs always in therapy incl cbt, ret, group, analysis, oa, ssris, bupropion, diaphr.Breathing, yoga, meditation, exercise...Is there still hope?

Yes!: Bingeing and eating disorders are like other addictive conditions where one can nevertheless develop strategies to live a full and contented life. There is always the possibility of a "flare-up". The key sometimes is to be consistent with these strategies no matter what and to make the goal to binge less whatever frequency that turns out to be. ...Read more

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Do people work smart recovery and narcotics anonymous at the same time?

Do people work smart recovery and narcotics anonymous at the same time?

Probably not: Na is the prototypical 12 step program and smart recovery bills itself as an alternative to 12 step programs. Their focus is very different and you should decide on one or another depending on your own experience. ...Read more

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Is there a different kind of aa meeting for people addicted to opiates?

Narcotics Anonymous: Is a 12 step program that is based on the same philosophy as alcoholics anonymous. In some small towns there might only be aa meetings - in that case attend aa (you can also do more specific narcotics work on -line). ...Read more

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How is counseling part of a drug rehab program?

How is counseling part of a drug rehab program?

Big part: Counseling is very helpful in drug rehab. With one on one therapy and even with group therapy it can enable the person who is addicted to recognize certain behavior patterns that are associated with repeated drug use and can suggest alterative behavior patterns to break this cycle. ...Read more

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Introvert coping techniques for big party besides boozing it up?

Introvert coping techniques for big party besides boozing it up?

Party game: Hey, introverts like parties too! they just don't participate in the same way as extraverts do. Perhaps what you're concerned about is anxiety. If so, here's a quick tip: you can't feel anxious unless you're thinking about yourself. So, think of your focus or attention as a hot potato. As long as you keep it on someone else you won't get burned. ...Read more

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What number of alcoholics can actually quit drinking and live a productive life?

Most of them IF: they get proper treatment. Recovery rates of alcoholics who enter treatment, in a number of large studies, approaches 60%. This may take more than one treatment episode, and there may be relapses, but about two thirds of alcoholic patients will attain long-term sobriety WITH TREATMENT. However, fewer than 20% (10% in some populations) ever seek or receive treatment. ...Read more

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I Am Student Of 10th class usually Active At Physical Activities and BusY Schedule Of Studies but I Can't Resist My addiction Of Mastubation! Quit it.

I Am Student Of 10th class usually Active At Physical Activities and BusY Schedule Of Studies but I Can't Resist My addiction Of Mastubation! Quit it.

I'm concerned about: your use of capital letters to begin most words. In contradistinction to the obsession with your privates you may not ever become a great communicator if you do not become more mindful of your use of caps and proper punctuation. In time this too will come. ...Read more

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What should I do about an alcoholic father who won't attend aa meetings and is physically addicted?

What should I do about an alcoholic father who won't attend aa meetings and is physically addicted?

Consider becoming : Part of al anon. This is where you can learn both to cope and deal with the addiction of a loved one. This is often about planting a seed and then praying it will grow. Explain to your father what your concerns are and emphasize your love (not your frustration). Offer to take him to an open meeting (expecting full well that he will likely say no). Let him know that the offer remains open. ...Read more

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