Step Four: Minding My Own Business

Posted on November 25th, 2014

Step Four: Minding My Own Business

Mindfulness is the heart of my recovery. I’ve said it in AA meetings, I’ve said it in NA meetings, I’ve said it to my sponsor and I’ve said it to my friends. I’ve also written about it here, in many different contexts: from mindfulness and exercise to mindful walking, mindful cooking or describing a mindful approach to playing musical scales on a guitar, mindfulness is, to put it simply, always on my mind. In this article, I’ll discuss my experience with a particular aspect of mindfulness as it relates to the 12-step Approach to recovery, and specifically how mindfulness has helped me with Step Four—which, for the purposes of this discussion, I’ll define as “Taking a Fearless and Searching Personal and Moral Inventory.”

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Cultivating Resilience in Addiction Recovery

Posted on November 21st, 2014

Cultivating Resilience in Addiction RecoveryThink of the word “resilience” and consider what you know. Children are often called resilient, and indeed many are. Despite falls, scrapes, breaks or a lack of “good enough parenting,” many children continue to develop normally—eventually entering adulthood without incident. In fact, they may even thrive. But what about children (and adults) for whom life circumstances are consistently bleak? We know many of them reach adulthood still carrying experiences of trauma, and perhaps find themselves riddled with addictive symptoms or mental health disorders. To merely assume resilience in our kind is not enough; we must look at the characteristics that encourage it, and those which inhibit its possibility. What does resilience look like and can it be acquired and cultivated in addiction recovery?

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Which Personality Types Are More Prone to Addiction?

Posted on November 19th, 2014

Which Personality Types Are More Prone to Addiction?Psychologists and psychiatrists use the term personality to describe the core characteristics of outlook and behavior that distinguish each human being. An individual’s personality traits can have a major influence on whether he or she gets involved in substance use or develops serious substance problems. In a study published in October 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a team of Dutch and American researchers explored the impact that personality has in determining if a consumer of illegal/illicit opioid substances will go on to develop an opioid addiction.

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Public Access to Medical Marijuana Linked to Increased Use

Posted on November 11th, 2014

Public Access to Medical Marijuana Linked to Increased UseMedical marijuana is the popular term for natural forms of the addictive drug marijuana prescribed by doctors as treatment for a medical condition. Federal laws in America forbid the use of marijuana in this or any other context. Despite this fact, more than a third of U.S. states allow doctors to prescribe marijuana in certain circumstances. In a study scheduled for publication in 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from two U.S. institutions used a large-scale survey conducted in California to determine if areas with widespread access to medical marijuana experience a general increase in marijuana intake.

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Exercise and Recovery: What Did You Do as a Kid?

Posted on November 6th, 2014

Exercise and Recovery: What Did You Do as a Kid?By Angus Whyte

The evidence is in: regular exercise helps recovery. Studies show that an exercise routine can help people in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction combat depression, relieve anxiety and develop healthy coping mechanisms. Regular exercise also offers the recovering addict healthy alternatives to self-destructive habits, decreases the urge to return to addictive behaviors and gives people in recovery a pathway to pleasure without drinking or doing drugs.

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