AA and The Alcoholic Anonymous Serenity Prayer

210 x 240 prayer serenityThe simple AA Prayer of Serenity helps recovering alcoholics find courage, stay sober & support fellow alcoholics in their struggle against alcohol.

The Serenity Prayer has been part of regular AA meetings for many years, and is a great help for many alcoholics. Some people might say, ‘Why pray?’  The answer is simple – it’s a good prayer – it’s a prayer that works: a belief in the power of prayer to God or Jesus for healing and recovery, has been one of ways that AA and NA have inspired thousands of desperate people to restore hope in their ability to withstand the cravings of their addiction. Alcoholics around the world need a prayer for help when they are fighting against temptation. The Serenity Prayer is the short prayer that they frequently turn to. For many recovering alcoholics, the Serenity Prayer is a daily prayer – because cravings and temptation have to be faced and overcome, every day of an alcoholic’s life. There are no ‘days off’ for an alcoholic.

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Alternative Acupuncture & Hypnosis Can Help You Quit Smoking

cigaretteA new study proves Acupuncture, Hypnosis & Anti Smoking Aversion Therapy are more successful than quitting alone, or using Nicotine supplements.  Yes, alternative therapies like acupuncture and hypnosis really can help you to quit smoking cigarettes. That’s the conclusion reached in a study published in The American Journal of Medicine this week.   This study showed that alternative treatments such as hypnosis and acupuncture really do improve the success rates for people trying to stop smoking.

The study was a Meta-Analysis: a meta analysis collects together all the best and most reliable research that has already been published, puts it all together, integrates all the data, and then finds out what the big picture really is – what the real truth is. Continue reading

One in Two Smokers Will Be Killed by Smoking!

woman lighting cigarette Yes, smoking related diseases will kill approximately 50% of smokers, if they continue to smoke throughout their life.

This startling statistic was announced by Tai Hing Lam MD when giving a presentation to the recent 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health held in Singapore on 11th June 2012.

Smoking is a well established risk factor of premature death. However, most studies primarily relied on middle-aged adults.  And also, until recently, these studies had only covered different diseases, risks and outcomes, but none had researched the data on what’s called All Cause Mortality – that’s the data available for death from all causes in a population – not just illness (without death), and not just for known smoking related diseases. Continue reading

Addiction & Family Rejection 2: The Family’s View

rejection hand maleIf you have an addict with an on-going addiction problem in the family, you quickly find out that the addiction has robbed you of any good relationship that might have existed before addiction became a part of your family.  In most cases, the addicted person becomes a completely different person from the one you used to love and respect. It’s very difficult to love someone with a fully developed addiction.

Addiction makes addicts impossibly difficult, rude, hurtful, untrustworthy, angry, aggressive and selfish.  Their addiction makes their own needs, dominate everything they think and do, to the exclusion of everything, and everyone else, including their family.  It’s because their bodies and brains have been hijacked by the need to care far more about trying to supply their addiction with what it craves, than about anything else – including you.  This will damage even the strongest of families. Continue reading

Denial & Family Rejection 1: The Addict’s View

rejection denial handFamily rejection can happen in both directions – an addicted person can turn away from their family, but families can often reject a family member with an addiction, as well. Both reactions can be explained and understood once the psychology and social effects of addiction are understood.  Denial is at the heart of an addict’s rejection of their family.

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Every addict and every family of an addict is different, but there is a definite pattern of likely events.  The families of addicts usually realize there is a problem a long time before the addicted person does.  Denial of reality is almost universal among people developing an addiction, so of course they will also deny what seems so obvious to you – that they have a problem.

And even when the addict finally admits to themselves they do have a problem, they will probably still not be ready to admit it to anyone else. Why? Because admitting that they have an addiction is bad enough, but now there is the added shame and humiliation of admitting that you were right all along, and that they were wrong. Continue reading