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Believing In A Power Greater Than Ourselves: How Can It Help?

Believing in a Power greater than yourself can help start your recovery journey. There are many alcoholics who become very skeptical when they begin to think about God. Many alcoholics believe that the Power spoken of in the 12 Steps must relate to the One and Only God so many people in this world believe in. Well, for the atheists and other skeptics, this doesn’t really seem like a good starting point. In fact, it turns many alcoholics away from…...
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Thoughts Alcoholics Might Have Before Relapsing

There are specific thoughts alcoholics might have before relapsing. In Chapter 3 of the Big Book it is stated, “Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic.” This is the case for everyone with an alcohol addiction. There is no controlling how much you drink. It may seem as if that can be a solution for a while. You may even go a year without drinking and then be able to go some time only having a few drinks. However, eventually, you…...
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Methods Alcoholics Use to Try Controlling Their Drinking

There are many methods alcoholics use to try controlling their drinking. Unfortunately, alcoholics will never be able to control their drinking. They will never be like those drinkers who can just have one or two drinks and be done. Alcoholics aren’t able to drink like other people without the diseases of alcoholism. They lose control before the alcohol even touches their lips and can’t get it back. Many alcoholics will try just about anything to control their drinking, with the…...
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Drinkers: What Types Are There?

There are different types of drinkers from moderate drinkers to real alcoholics. When it comes to alcohol consumption, there are certainly times and places for drinking. However, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 15.1 million American adults have an alcohol use disorder. This is an alarming statistic, but it is true, nonetheless. In addition, 8.1 million of those people have alcoholism. However, not everyone is an alcoholic. Most people with an alcohol use disorder need to…...
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What Does Alcoholism Bring to One’s Life?

Alcoholism hits more than just the alcoholic. What Does Alcoholism Bring to One’s Life? The Big Book states that alcoholism is a disease. Much research has been done to support this fact. The one difference from the disease of alcoholism to that of other diseases is the way others respond to it. For instance, if your loved one had cancer, you probably would feel very sad for them. You may even have some pity for them as well. However, most…...
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Choosing Your Own Conception of God

You can choose your own conception of God. In the Big Book, Bill’s Story is told and through it you read, “My friend suggested what then seemed a novel idea. He said, “Why don’t you choose your own conception of God?” This is such a great question. There are so many people who are afraid to recover from an addiction because they believe it revolves around believing in God. The truth, however, is simple. You can create your own conception…...
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Types of Alcholics

There are many types of alcoholics. According to the Big Book, there are different types of alcoholics. Before diving into these, however, it should be noted, there are many situations, experiences, and reasons that lead someone to become an alcoholic. Things such as trauma, family history, social pressures, and other things can cause someone to start living an alcoholic lifestyle. Knowing more about the reasons can help someone to prevent an addiction to alcohol in the first place. Knowing more…...
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Defining And Understanding Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a disease. According to the Big Book, after referring to Dr. William D. Silkworth's medical opinion, it is stated that some people may have an allergy to alcohol. Hospitalization is the favored treatment for alcoholics. By first detoxing the body from alcohol, the mind can have a clearer perspective to understand and overcome alcoholism. Once detoxed from alcohol, the alcoholic can begin to heal psychologically. Unsafe Use of Alcohol According to ASCIA, alcohol allergies are real. It is…...
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What is Social Drinking?

The age old question of what is social drinking? When asked the responses can vary with different views:  “a person who drinks alcoholic beverages usually in the company of others at social events” “happy hour” “that someone does not drink often or to excess” “only in moderate quantities” These responses bring up many questions. Does someone always have to be drinking alone to have a problem? Is a social event a wedding, dinner, or is it a night out drinking…...
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Magnolia Ranch receives the Joint Commission Approval

Magnolia Ranch Recovery is excited to announce that we have earned our Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation. The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in conjunction with leading health care experts, quality improvement and safety experts. We were reviewed on several behavioral health standards including: treatment, services, leadership, safety and environment. It is the highest level of accreditation a treatment facility can receive in our industry and we are pleased to be awarded this great…...
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