Congratulations on being on Step Three! This is a wonderful step that marks the end of thinking and the beginning of serious action. Many say that this step is where they truly found peace and freedom from the obsession of addiction, as they turned the key of willingness in the lock of self-will. That is…
Since the brain injury, I can only think about one thing at a time. I have to take things slower, step by step. Before my injury, everything was fast…Now if I have to do something I need to plan it out and take it one step at a time. If I look at the whole picture at once, it’s too much to digest. Everything is one step at a time.
To be honest with oneself is the most difficult thing to do, because we have this little design flaw called the ego that has us be able to hide from ourselves and deny some of our own behaviours and our own flaws.
In the recovery community, the term ‘12 Steps’ comes up almost constantly, in one variation or another. In most 12-step meetings, the steps themselves are outlined in banners or boards hanging on the walls, and are recited during the preamble of every meeting. Yet outside the rooms of recovery, the steps are not often investigated…
While in treatment, Dr. Tarman, Renascent’s Medical Director, gave us a presentation on the neuroscience behind addiction, which described exactly what I was going through: my addled brain was trying to heal, and it was slow and argumentative. Accepting that this disease polluted my thinking and caused me to dwell on my resentments gave me insight into how the tools of the program work: the slogans, daily meditations, routine step study with a sponsor and clearing away my negative reactive behaviours.
Enjoying food is definitely not the same thing as being addicted to food. Our brains are wired to enjoy food – that is a primal survival mechanism. Even the food addict who is in recovery still enjoys their food. What makes the enjoyment addictive is the key question. When you are not hungry and you still desire to eat, something else is operating that keeps you wanting to continue to eat.
Young people who are looking to start participating in a 12-step program should, whenever possible, begin with meetings that are specially designated for young people, to help them feel connected and engaged. After this initial engagement, however, young adults may find it more beneficial to branch out to more mixed-age meetings. Older people are more likely to have long-term sobriety, and generally have greater life experience and wisdom.
Life lost: One mother’s tragic slide into fentanyl addiction.
For a person struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, things can get to the point where life just isn’t working anymore; after all, all the good things and people are either going or gone, and mind-altering substances, with all the suffering and consequences they cause, have taken centre stage. To make matters worse, it can…
The long-term strengthening of drug-associated memory circuits, combined with that “even better than expected” illusion addictive drugs foist on users, goes a long way toward explaining what is probably the biggest problem addicts and those who treat them face: a pronounced tendency to slide back into the habit.