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Lately, it isn’t unusual to read in the headlines, ‘someone dies from drug overdose.’ There’s no doubt addiction is killing more people now, than ever before. But it’s not just addicts who are getting sick from this illness, their families are too. Living with or loving an addict is a very painful and lonely experience. [...]

“…God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves” Alcoholics Anonymous p. 84 Fear – Anger – Guilt; The Unholy Trinity permeate my early memories. It probably was a combination of a war bride mother who tried to make French my first language, a physically abusive stepfather or dysfunction of family trauma. [...]

When it comes to the recovering person’s practice of keeping a journal, a New Jersey medical director insists that less is definitively more. Indra Cidambi, MD, medical director for the Center for Network Therapy’s detox and partial hospitalization services, says the common tendency to chronicle all of a day’s activities in a journal actually proves [...]

While the effects of alcohol consumption are highly individual, government researchers suggest these general guidelines. ‘Moderate’: Up to 1 drink a day for women, 2 for men. Drinking at this level can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and depression, and help maintain cognitive function, according to some studies. ‘Low risk’: Up to 3 drinks [...]

by Alicia Cook Last night someone said to me, “For someone who writes about addiction, you are being judgmental!” Now, without going into specifics, I can tell you I was a lot of things last night: Mad. Hurt. Sad. Confused. Frustrated. At a loss — but judgmental? No. No way. So here goes, “An Open [...]

Edited from Post on: Substance abuse, addiction, affects more than the abuser, addict. After your loved one has gotten sober and returned home from treatment, continuous sobriety and recovery become important parts of his or her life. Learn some helpful tips to help you support your loved one and yourself. Recognize that while addiction [...]

Edited from Unite To Face Addiction It has become apparent that the recovery community, those recovering from substance abuse, those still suffering but wanting to embrace a solution, the families and friends affected by the substance abuse of someone else and activist in the communities and institutions seeking solutions, must act to cause change. Together [...]

Step 9 Judaism

Sep. 23, 2015 No Comments Posted under: Spiritual Renewal

Teshuva: Spiritual Return, Repentance and Atonement Making apologies and asking for forgiveness is at the core of Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement. My request for a pardon must come with amends on my part. By speaking it aloud and making a commitment to change; the act holds the power to transform me, to restore [...]

I make this covenant, with all its sanctions, not with you alone, but with those who are standing her this day before God your God and with those who are not with us today. Deuteronomy 29:13-14 By Lawrence Hoffman Rosh Hashanah reminds me of our limitations. We like to imagine that “where there is a [...]

It is the time of year before the beginning of the Jewish New Year to reflect on our choices as a person and member of a community. What has transpired in our relationships and how have we behaved. It is a time for introspection before we atone for our transgressions. As we end the Jewish [...]