Principles in Handling an Alcoholic Spouse

Do you have an alcoholic spouse? Maybe they go to far when they are drinking. They might seem to have their drinking under control...for now. Either way, there are some principles that can help you to stay happy during their continued abuse of alcohol. These principles can also save a lot of heartbreak and help you to continue your life whether or not your spouse gets help for their addiction. Don't Be Angry According to Chapter 8 of the Big…...
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The Strangers of Alcoholism

In Chapter 8 of the Big Book, it states, "When drinking, they were strangers." Spouses of alcoholics often see their significant other as a stranger when they are under the influence of alcohol. They see them in a different light than the man or woman they married. If you are married to an alcoholic, you often see a stranger in your loved one. Alcoholism has taken over their life and made them into what seems to be a different person.…...
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Distractions Alcoholics Deal With

According to Chapter 8 of the Big Book, "the alarming physical and mental symptoms, the deepening pall of remorse, depression and inferiority that settled down on our loved ones -- these things terrified and distracted us." While this is often taken in different perspectives, from the alcoholics viewpoint and all that is going on, how is a person supposed to reach solid ground. They often reach out for help, but in other cases don't reach out in time. They may…...
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What Do Wives of Alcoholics Often Do?

Unfortunately, an addiction doesn't just affect the alcoholic. While it should be noted that women can be alcoholics, as well, today we talk about the wives of alcoholics. The wives of alcoholics are often found doing things that support the alcoholic instead of giving them an ultimatum. According to Chapter 8 of the Big Book, there are many things that wives of alcoholics may do. They may think they are helping their husband. However, there is a difference between helping…...
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Going or Staying Away from Alcohol: Which is Best?

According to Chapter 7 of the Big Book, it is not necessarily best for all alcoholics to stay away from alcohol at all times. If they do this, they are setting themselves up for the impossible. Whenever they do encounter alcohol, they may be that much more tempted to drink again. With this being said, there are some things to consider as an alcoholic, before putting yourself into a situation where you might drink. Is there a need for it?…...
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Lay Your Recovery In God’s Hands

When you are starting your recovery from an addiction, one thing is true - YOU MUST LAY YOUR RECOVERY IN GOD'S HANDS. This is stated in Chapter 7 of the Big Book and couldn't be any closer to the truth. If you don't lay your recovery in God's hands, you will likely fail in your efforts to stay clean and sober. Whether you are a recovering addict or recovering alcoholic, whether you have gone to drug rehab or alcohol rehab,…...
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Helping Others is the Foundation Stone of Your Recovery

According to Chapter 7 of the Big Book, "helping others is the foundation stone of your recovery". However, when you are helping others with their recovery from an addiction, you must remember a few things. You must keep in mind that you can't control what they do and you certainly can't control their recovery process. You can only offer your assistance and help in ways that don't deprive yourself or your family. Offer Assistance with Caution While it can feel…...
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Working with Another Alcoholic or Drug Addict

After you have gone to alcohol rehab or drug rehab, there might come a time when you are going to be working with another alcoholic or drug addict. It might seem like you can help them all at once or instantly change their life. However, there are some things you should keep in mind to help them in the best ways possible. Don't Press Them to Talk About Themselves According to Chapter 7 of the Big Book, you should never…...
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Passing It All Over to Your Higher Power

When in recovery from an alcohol addiction or drug addiction, there is one thing that is for sure - You must pass it all over to your Higher Power. No matter who your Higher Power might be, passing everything over to them is essential to the success of your recovery. There are some steps you can take to ensure that you are passing it all over to your Higher Power. If you take these steps, you are less likely to…...
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Art Therapy: Benefits to Addiction Recovery

There are many things that can help someone in their recovery from an addiction. Art therapy is one of those things. Many studies have shown that art therapy is a great way to build emotional resilience, promote change, build self-awareness, and much more. If you are in recovery from an addiction and are going to alcohol rehab or drug rehab, you should know that art therapy can help you a great deal. Building Emotional Resilience with Art Therapy One of…...
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