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Alcoholics Anonymous Step 1 Worksheet
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
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
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
It works: Works great and it is supremely affordable. ...Read more
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
Why do they say now that alcoholics anonymous is kind of outdated and their approach is somehwhat wrong?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
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
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
The 12 steps: Step #1: it gets people to admit they have a problem. ...Read more
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
Not usually: But it depends on the size of that one drink and how much alcohol it contains. A "beverage alcohol equivalent" is equal to one 12 ounce beer, 4 ounces of wine or one ounce of whiskey or hard liquor. For most people, having one drink per night isn't harmful. Some studies suggest that there is actually a benefit to one drink per night, especially red wine due to the antioxidants. Check with your dr. ...Read more
Preparing for exam: Several suggestions: begin some regular exercise, about 30 min at least 3x/wk, avoid caffeine, eat well but not a heavy meal the night before the exam. Study with friends if possible, will help you feel less anxious. Avoid sleeping pills or alcohol, will lower your performance. If you are using marijuana daily, lower dose slightly. If you are occasional user, avoid day before test. Good luck! ...Read more
I took one. 5mg pill of ativan (lorazepam) at 8am. Is it okay if I have a few alcoholic drinks at 9pm?
Recently, after 1-2 hard alcoholic drinks I am inebriated. I even passed out at dinner after one martini! Why might this happen?
Reversed tolerance: This is called reversed tolerance, it is a sign of advanced serious effect of alcohol on the liver, the liver is unable to metabolize alcohol. In the uncommon situation where you are not a drinker and surprisingly you develop this reaction, then it is possible you are having some liver problems. In either situation, you really want to see your doctor and completely stop alcohol. ...Read more
What to do if I start bleeding after taking Plan B step 1 and the bleeding has stoped for 3 days and then start bleeding again?
Is having one alcoholic beverage 8 hours after a 1 mg lorazepam dose contraindicated, and-if so-what specific pathophysiolgy will be elicited?
Last night at about 10:00pm I took 1.5 mg of Xanax (alprazolam). Is it ok to have one or two alcoholic drinks tonight? I'm 5'10, 160 lb female.
I take Xanax (alprazolam). 5mg once in a blue moon but I had one today and I need to know if after 7 hrs of taking it is it ok to have alcoholic drinks.
Talk to your doctor: Ask lots of questions. What's causing your hyperthyroidism? Can it be thyroiditis which will go away on its own? Is treatment needed? What treatment option (s) does he recommend? These may include medications to treat symptoms, medications to slow production of thyroid hormone, surgery to remove thyroid, radioactive iodine to kill thyroid. Not sure what you mean by "mcq from step 1". ...Read more
Daily drinking: If a person feels a need to drink daily, that is a signal that there is a problem. The cage questioneer can also help. Do they feel a need to cut down on their drinking? Are they annoyed when you say they drink too much? Do they ever feel guilty about their drinking? Have they used an eye opener drink in the morning? Answering yes to one or more of these may indicate a problem. ...Read more
Judge not: There are certainly genetic predispositions. But all addictions are functionally destructive and lead to premature death. Knowing the cause may help the patient in their self awareness, but the other patient (family/friends) need to know how to support with out enabling their self destruction. Alcoholic, is a big word. Don't let it be a big label. Search more. ...Read more
Evaluation: Gout is a symptom complex due to elevated uric acid in the blood and the precipitation of monosodium urate crystals in the tissue and joints causing the gout attack. There are lifestyle things such as decreased alcohol intake and medications depending on the type of gout you have. There are more reasons than one to cause the elevated uric acid. ...Read more
They are associated: People with alcoholism are more likely to have certain mental illnesses, particularly anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder, and people with those psychiatric disorders, as well as ptsd and other psychiatric problems, are far more likely to abuse alcohol (and other drugs as well). 1.5% of general population have bipolar disorder, but 15% of alcoholics have it, for example. Ptsd is also common. ...Read more
Potentially alcohol: Could result in pulmonary symptoms. Additionally you could have an allergic reaction to something in the drink. Regardless, it would be worth discussing these concerns with your health care provider. If the shortness of breath lasts more than a few hours you should seek more immediate attention as it may be something else that is more significant than what you think is a reaction to the alcohol. ...Read more
No, it masks it: Alcohol doesn't truly "help" and certainly does not solve any problems, emotional or otherwise. What it does is cover whatever issues there are with a haze, and might temporarily reduce anxiety/depression about it, but ultimately may well make it worse, particularly if the alcohol use becomes more extensive and brings its own problems. ...Read more