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Doctor insights on: Alcoholics Anonymous And Stages Of Change

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Is alcoholics anonymous effective?

Is alcoholics anonymous effective?

If u work the progra: It is effective provide you work 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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How effective alcoholics anonymous?

How effective alcoholics anonymous?

Ask the people: Who are still alive and sober today because of this 12 step program. ...Read more

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How do you get trained to volunteer in alcoholics anonymous?

Positive 12 steps: First you need to attend meetings consistently. Then you pick a sponsor and work with them. Once you are ready can can sponsor (volunteer). It takes time to ripen. My sponsor (master co) says "growth takes time, effort and lots of dumb mistakes" try to have weekly meeting and be consistent. Learn more at http://positive12steps. Org. ...Read more

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How can I convince a family member to try an alcoholics anonymous meeting?

How can I convince a family member to try an alcoholics anonymous meeting?

Care for self 1st: Taking care of you first, is important. You can attend alanon meetings, which are for family and friends of alcoholics. This group can familiarize you with typical family patterns in alcoholism, and the 12 step process also. Thus supported, you'll be better able to deal with your family member. S/he may notice the changes in you, and be curious enough to seek aa help. I've seen this happen. ...Read more

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Why do they say now that alcoholics anonymous is kind of outdated and their approach is somehwhat wrong? They have been around and helping forever.

Why do they say now that alcoholics anonymous is kind of outdated and their approach is somehwhat wrong? They have been around and helping forever.

Not Complete Approac: Alcoholic Anonymus has been around since 1935 with a primary purpose to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve Soberiety. It has helped many alcoholics over the years. It is not a complete approach to alcoholics, it helps some but not all and success rate is low. And has been replaced with traditional rehab programme which treats the withdrawl and anxiety associated with it, some people need ...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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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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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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How can I stop drinking and smoking weed without going to alcoholics anonymous?

How can I stop drinking and smoking weed without going to alcoholics anonymous?

Meditation, herbs: People can become dependent on alcohol & marijuana and often use it to calm anxiety & self-treat depression. Finding other ways to calm yourself can help. I advise regular meditation, exercise, magnesium, b vitamins, herbs like tulsi (holy basil) & ashwagandha & Amino Acids 5-htp and l-theanine. Emotional freedom technique can help too- see eftuniverse. Com. See comment for more:. ...Read more

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Help please! Is alcoholic's anonymous and the twelve step program the same thing?

Help please! Is alcoholic's anonymous and the twelve step program the same thing?

AA & the 12 Steps: The 12 steps are the program outlined and recommended by alcoholics anonymous. So aa is the organization, and the 12 steps are the method it offers its members for staying sober. The 12 steps have been adapted by many other organizations for recovery from a variety of addictive and compulsive substances and behaviors. ...Read more

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Shared a sip of an alcoholic beverage with a stranger. What are the diseases and change of getting an illness or transfer of disease from this?

Shared a sip of an alcoholic beverage with a stranger. What are the diseases and change of getting an illness or transfer of disease from this?

Little if any risk: Just about the only risks from sharing drinking containers or eating utensils are for common colds, influenza, and perhaps intestinal viruses. Nothing esle to worry about. ...Read more

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For an alcoholic who has stopped drinking, what do you recommend to restore health? Besides aa, what do yourecommend: supplements, dietary changes..

For an alcoholic who has stopped drinking, what do you recommend to restore health? Besides aa, what do yourecommend: supplements, dietary changes..

Post Alcoholism: In reality just eating three meals with a variety of foods is probably enough. Your stomach will learn how to absorb nutrients again the longer you do not drink. The bigger story is that many in recovery find new addictions and sugar is a common theme in the early days and months of sobriety. This would be something to watch for and to avoid as well. Too much sugar is not healthy. Congratulations. ...Read more

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I have a small amount of bleeding in between periods, and periods change from being a week late to a week early every month. I notice the bleeding when I'm highly stressed out, I'm recently getting away from an alcoholic spouse who causes a lot of my stre

I have a small amount of bleeding in between periods, and periods change from being a week late to a week early every month. I notice the bleeding when I'm highly stressed out, I'm recently getting away from an alcoholic spouse who causes a lot of my stre

A miracle: Since your profile says you are a male, having irregular periods is truly miraculous. If you have not had a full gyn examination recently, you should. Bleeding between periods and problems with regularity of periods with heavy bleeding can come from uterine fibroids, ovary problems and many other things. You need to see a gyn provider and get examined. Get some help and support as well- alanon! ...Read more

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I drank for 40 yrs. When I stopped I had delusion s, insomnia, no appetite, thirst. A yr later nothing has changed. I feel that I have alcoholic brain damag?

I drank for 40 yrs. When I stopped I had delusion s, insomnia, no appetite, thirst. A yr later nothing has changed. I feel that I have alcoholic brain damag?

Congratulations: On freeing yourself of drinking. Drinkers are often low on nutrition. Please start w/avisit to your doc. Then see a neuropsychologist for testing. He/she will assess any possible cognitive issue and provide strategies to cope if they are there. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Why is it that alcoholics develop nerve damage and behavior changes along with cirrhosis?

Why is it that alcoholics develop nerve damage and behavior changes along with cirrhosis?

Alcohol affects: Alcohol, especially when consumed in excess and over a long period of time, adversely affects every organ in the human body except one, the kidneys. If a person has changes in their personality or behavior while intoxicated, that is a big problem already. Such an individual should try and do whatever it takes to refrain from alcohol. Damage from chronic excessive alcohol use is irreversible. ...Read more

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