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What's an addiction?


  • Do you drink or use almost everyday? 
  • Do you hide your bottles or stash from loved ones? 
  • Do you always drink MORE than ONE because you can't stop? 
  • Do you drink socially and often get tipsy? 
  • Do you often drink alone and then just go to bed? 
  • Can you get through a day without getting high or drunk? 
  • Does your use upset your loved ones, or do you miss work/school? 
  • Do you black out, and forget what you did when you drink?
  • Do you drink and drive regularly?
Is it a chosen behavior or a disease?

  While drinking may start out as a choice, for people who have become addicted, it has become a disease once they can't stop.   People who aren't addicted don't understand that.  They think you can just quit, but your body doesn't look at alcohol and drugs that way.  This 70-minute documentary called "Pleasure Unwoven" by the Institute for Addiction Studies.   It details most modern alcoholic research.

CLICK HERE to see a video that is helpful for addicted peeps -- AND those who LOVE them!


Medication to reduce or stop cravings

 Science has made some strides in modern counseling and even medications.

The group Alcoholics Anonymous doesn't have a position about medications to reduce cravings.   Since 1934, their 12-Step solution centers around prayer and fellowship with former alcoholics who take turns sharing their horror stories in daily, or weekly meetings for life.   We'll talk more about AA, kicking the habit, and staying off of it below here.

  Naltrexone and its injectable brand name Vivitrol are now often prescribed by family physicians, psychiatrists, and drug treatment centers to help certain addicts and alcoholics stop drinking or drugging by reducing or stopping their drug or drink cravings. It's a prescription drug given by monthly injection or pills for a few months to help patients in a drug treatment program to kick their habit. It's very effective to kickstart a plan for those seriously wanting to stop drinking or using certain opiates.

The name brand Vivitrol is more expensive (from $40 for pills or several hundred dollars a month for the shot) but sometimes paid by insurance, or a state facility. The course usually lasts about five months; seeing a doctor-- a psychiatrist-- first is usually required because Naltrexone requires a doctor's prescription.
NOTE: You may have to ASK for this drug; treatment centers don't usually offer it and some don't have staff physicians to prescribe it.
The shot or pills are given to patients who must be off alcohol for more than a week or two while they get drug treatment to prevent early relapse. See your doctor or contact a treatment programs or other medications to help you. Vivitrol or the generic Naltrexone is usually prescribed ONLY for patients actually in a drug treatment program. because that's what works. Some doctors have no problem with their patients using it for long term if that's what it takes.

The Doctor's Opinion
   HHS manuscript by Raymond Anton, MD


While chronic drinking often ends in death, drinking alcohol is more DANGEROUS  with certain very common medicines.   Check THESE!



Drunk Driving Kills Thousands annually.

That ugly fact is why police and states slam you hard if you get caught DUI!

Not every driver and friends make it home after drunk driving--so it could end up way worse than an arrest, suspended license which would easily cost you several thousand dollars in legal bills.  And multiple DUI's will assuredly land you in jail or prison.

Click HERE to see a shocking short-video and the bad news about what happens to friends driving drunk.



Marijuana in America

Rotten Tomatoes presents a discussion and links about marijuana and the cultural aspects of smoking grass.  Trailers and video called  Culture High.

This documentary tends to advocate for legalization and libertarianism about weed. It doesn't talk about problems with smoking dope... which for most people wastes lots of time better spent on things like working, studying, and even just getting ahead in life.

Like all addictions, chronic marijuana use is the practice of excessive using, even when against one's better judgment!   One could say America's "War on Drugs" is as much a war on our own addicted young people as it is a war on the drugs and those who push them.

Arrest or a ticket to go to court.  As to the many states today decriminalizing marijuana use, most mental health professionals think addiction treatment is much better than addiction prison that absolutely ruins lives and futures.


What ELSE is going on with addicts besides addiction?  

Lots of times, drink or drugs are mostly when people self-medicate to control other issues--events or mental issues.

Click here to learn about mental health problems under the addiction.


Drinkin' and Druggin' Help
Out of State Treatment


Substance Abuse
 Mental Health  FB
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There are MANY other advertised private and hospital drug/alcohol treatment programs which you can find by Googling "alcohol treatment" or "addiction therapy".   Many are expensive residential  or outpatient programs scattered across the country.    There are also local programs--some private--but many are funded by your county tax levees all over the nation.

LOCAL Treatment

Here's how to find your state and local treatment for alcohol or drug recovery. Some are funded by your state or county, your insurance, or yourself.

 Click to find Local treatment sources to learn all about AA and it's sister organization NA (Narcotics Anonymous!) 


Insurance Issues

Because addictions are now defined as diseases, insurance will pay for some treatment but rarely pays for court ordered DUI treatment to avoid jail time. Most insurance companies limit how much or how long they'll pay for "mental health" treatment.

And sadly, Medicare has NO treatment money although veterans can get help for PTSD and treatment from the VA!    AA and NA do not provide mental health treatment nor do they expect meeting payments beyond a dollar or two to cover the rent, utilities, and coffee.

Suspended Licensing issues

We've certainly learned that if police catch you driving with a suspended license, they may throw the book at you.

One more tip.   If your state requires you add liability insurance to include "SR-22" coverage at additional monthly insurance expense, be sure to ASK the state when it's acceptable to DROP SR-22 coverage!   When you get your license back or at some other point.  If the coverage costs you more than $20 a month extra, it's worth your time to cancel it when the state allows!


Kicking the habit with AA or something else
How Recovery Works

Millions of Americans get sick and tired of being sick and tired of their addictions and how it slowly destroys their lives. 

Many fight it by trying out layperson Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)  meetings.  Founded in 1934, AA prefers to limit its program exclusively to alcoholism, but there are many many Narcotics Anonymous  (NA) meetings nowadays, all over America that help with abuse of narcotics, weed,  and prescription drugs.

Others needing help seek professional counseling from private or government treatment programs--which offer individual therapy in one-on-one and group therapy classes.  Any solution takes some work.  Let's look at them.

Learn about Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.  
Click HERE


Below are some other choices--private choices, generally without reliance on religion, prayers or 'higher powers' as defined in the AA book. 

Smart Recovery   FB

Alcohol Treatment Alternative to AA

Discover the Power of Choice!“™
SMART Recovery’s 4-Point Program® helps people recover from all types of addictive behaviors, including: alcoholism, drug abuse, substance abuse, drug addiction, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, and addiction to other substances and activities.
SMART Recovery (Self-Management And Recovery Training) is not a 12-step group, like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

Treatment Pgms around the US
Community Meetings Search Smart RecoveryWikipedia review 

No matter what you choose...
Recovery isn't an Event. It's a Process!

It takes months or more after you stop drinking and drugging for your brain and body to heal as best they can. Often your brain will completely recover...depending on how long and how much you used. You may notice your digestive issues will heal and disappear. Others too IF there was no permanent damage to organs like your liver and eyes.    Or cancers starting to affect your lips, mouth, throat, stomach or GI system.

Here are the Stages of Recovery.



Look on the bright side!

Ask yourself about the potential short and long term benefits of being drug free:


  • Physical health --are you feeling better? 
  • Emotional health --starting to FEEL better? 
  • Family relationships --do they see improvements in you? 
  • Social relationships --do you feel less isolated and are finding better friends? 
  • Work/school --becoming more productive? 
  • Spiritual health --finding real purpose? 
  • Financial condition --finances improving yet?