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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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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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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 effective?

If u work the progra: It is effective provide you work 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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Is it possible to overcome binge eating/ complusive overeating?

Is it possible to overcome binge eating/ complusive overeating?

CBT+meds: Generally speaking eating disorders respond best to combination of cbt (cognitive behavior therapy) and meds. However, it's best you discuss with your personal psychiatrist, therapist or priimary care physician as to what would be best way to begin treatment for you. ...Read more

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How to get skinny with eating dorm food programs?

How to get skinny with eating dorm food programs?

Stick to Fresh Food: Try to stick to fresh food, vs. Heavily processed foods. I know that's tough in a dormitory cafeteria/eating facility (believe me, i've been there), but stick to veggies, "plain and simple" meat dishes and whole grain foods. Avoid the flavored milks, soda, white breads/pastas and dessert (except on special occasions). The biggest culprit in gaining weight in college is snacking in your room! ...Read more

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How to break junk food addiction?

How to break junk food addiction?

Replace the behavior: Some addictions may be addressed by either treatment with therapy or an attempt to stop the unwanted behavior on your own. Junk food addiction would fall into this group. To eat less junk food, you may try substituting the behavior with another rewarding but more useful behavior such as exercise, reading, doing a mind stimulating game. Consultation with nutritionist on healthier eating could help. ...Read more

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Diet food programs that cause fastest loss?

Diet food programs that cause fastest loss?

No such thing: I'm afraid no diet program promotes rapid or good weight loss. The best weapons to use in losing weight are healthy, balanced meals and regular exercise. There are several commercials on tv that promote success stories with weight loss, but to be honest, no program is successful unless you change your eating habits for the rest of your life, vs. Just a short term diet. ...Read more

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Nutrisystem, ediets, jenny craig- which one best and balanced home delivery diet?

Nutrisystem, ediets, jenny craig- which one best and balanced home delivery diet?

Program recommends: Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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Can healthy eating programs in schools trigger eating disorders?

Can healthy eating programs in schools trigger eating disorders?

Not likely: Healthy eating programs should really work against eating disorder development. Increased control of eating may be related to the development of some abnormal eating patterns for some individuals. ...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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Can substance abuse treatment programs really work?

Can substance abuse treatment programs really work?

Yes: In my experirnce the right program which encompass not only the addiction problem but also the aftercare have tremendous results. One such program is the clarity program out of farmingtom, mi. Great, dedicated people with a caring, confidential, and patented approach to get your life back! ...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