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Dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction

Dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction: Coping with craving of cocaine (part two)

Dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction

In our part one of this series of articles about the cognitive behavioral approach of treating addiction, we had highlighted some of the areas to focus on as listed below and we were able to explore on the first one i.e. understanding craving. You can actually make reference on that as we progress but for the purpose of this article we want to continue from where we left and see how best we can describe craving which is one of the biggest elements when it comes to solving the problem of addiction. Our team of experts from the home of addiction solutions (AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center) under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury who is also the founder of the facility, we want to explore on the possibilities of dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction with a view of finding lasting solutions to the scourge of addiction.

Dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction: Describing craving

Having understood what cravings is our next point would be to get the essential sense of the patients’ experience of craving. This can be very broad and may include having the knowledge about the following information.

What is craving like for you? – Doctor Akoury says that cravings or urges as it is commonly known is experienced in many different of ways by different patients. Like for instance an individual could say, the experience is primarily somatic that is to say, a patient would just get a feeling in the stomach or the heart races or just start smelling the element being craved for. For others, craving is experienced more cognitively; like for example one would say that “I need it now” or “I can’t get it out of my head” or “It calls on me.” Or it may be experienced effectively; for example, “I get nervous” or “I’m bored.” Depending on your individual experience, it is important that when seeking for help, you let your therapist know your experience with craving, this way they will be able to get to the roots of the problem and offer solutions effectively.

Are you bothered by craving? – There is tremendous variability in the level and intensity of craving reported by patients. For some, achieving and maintaining control over craving will be a principal treatment goal and take several weeks to achieve. Other patients deny they experience any craving. Gentle exploration with patients who deny any craving especially those who continue to use cocaine often reveals that they misinterpret a variety of experiences or simply ignore craving when it occurs until they suddenly find themselves using. Other, abstinent patients, who deny they experience any craving often, when asked, admit to intense fears about relapsing.

How long does craving last for you? – In this journey doctor Akoury says that to make the point about the duration and nature of craving, it is often very important for professionals to point out to their patients that they have rarely let themselves experience an episode of craving without giving in to it.

How do you try to cope with it? – Getting a sense of the coping strategies used by patients will help the therapist identify their characteristic coping styles and select appropriate coping strategies.

Dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction: Identifying triggers

The next point to focus on would be the identification of the triggers to the substance of abuse. It is important that therapists should work very closely with their patients to develop a comprehensive list of their own triggers. Some patients become overwhelmed when asked to identify cues. From experience doctor Akoury says that when handling addicts, you will notice that someone may even associate breathing with cocaine use. Again, it may be most helpful therefore to concentrate on identifying the craving and cues that have been most problematic to the patient in recent weeks. This should commence immediately during the therapy session and this should include self-monitoring of craving so that patients can begin to identify new and more subtle cues as they arise.

Dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction: Avoiding cues

When considering the avoidance of cues it is always advisable that you keep in mind the general strategy of “recognize, avoid, and cope.” These strategies are particularly applicable to craving for all substances and not necessarily cocaine. Doctor Akoury says that real experts would first identify the patients’ most problematic cues then make an exploration of the degree to which some of those could be avoided. This will come with certain sacrifices including breaking ties or reducing contact with individuals who use or supply you with cocaine, getting rid of paraphernalia, staying out of bars or other places where cocaine is used, or no longer carrying money, as in the following example:

Finally in dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction one needs not to let any stone unturned. I am saying this because we are all aware that cocaine is an illegal substance but other substances like alcohol which are legal can form a perfect avenue for the consumption of cocaine without being noticed. Besides that the ability to pay for the substance is another point of consideration. When the financial strength allows users to access cocaine could easily form a solution in an alcoholic drink. Therefore experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center recommends that for any meaningful treatment to be realized, therapists and other professionals in the line of substance abuse must spend considerable time exploring the relationship between alcohol and cocaine with patients who use them together to such an extent that alcohol becomes a powerful cocaine cue. Specific strategies to reduce, or preferably, stop alcohol use should be explored. We appreciate that doing this may not be easy for many people and that is why doctor Akoury will be readily available on call for you to schedule for an appointment so that any pending or unclear issues relating to addiction can be attended to professionally.

Dealing with the minds perception about cocaine addiction: Coping with craving of cocaine (part two)


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Moral failing has no link with drug addiction

Why drug addiction is not a moral failing: Addiction medicine, new medical specialty

Why drug addiction is not a moral failing

Why drug addiction is not a moral failing? Research has established that drug addiction is a disease like any other and must be addressed medically without any form of victimization morally or otherwise.

Traditionally if you had problem with drugs and alcohol, the society would see you as one who is not morally upright. We are also told that old is gold but is this perception productive in anyway? And would you consider it as gold in the present generation? Those are some of the points we want to consider in this discussion and that is why we are choosing the topic “why drug addiction is not a moral failing by all standards? To be more specific with this tradition doctor Dalal Akoury MD, founder and also the President of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center is a veteran addiction expert who has helped in the transformation of millions of people across the globe with their addiction complication is going to help us understand the variance between the old perception and the new scientific understanding of the complications relating to misuse of alcohol and drug addiction. She says that up until the early twentieth century it was common to view addiction as a moral failing. It is regrettable that those individuals who fell into cage of such behaviors were viewed as bad people who were willfully doing wrong. As time goes by and with new research studies revelations, this view begun to change in the early 1940s with the arrival of groups like Alcoholics Anonymous. This brought a new dispensation and people began to look upon addiction as a disease that could be treated if the right professionals are engaged. And according to the available statics we can now confirm that over the last few decades the medical professionals’ establishment has further endorsed the idea that such behaviors are a brain disease by creating a new specialty to treatment of addiction.

Moral failing has no link with drug addiction : Relationship between medicine and addiction is not a new one

We are all aware that western medication has been predominantly involved in the treatment of addiction for many years with some little restrictions in the applications. The explanation to this is that many alcoholics have traditionally sought their physician expert’s opinion from time to time when they decided to get help for their addiction and the complications that come with it. Under normal circumstance during such visits, the physician would in most cases refer them to other specific professionals such as psychiatrist, addiction therapist, or self-help group. Things are changing and now the medical establishment is viewing addiction as a disease that they can treat. This has led to the rise of a new specialty of addiction medicine. And according to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, doctor Akoury is registering that in the past it was not unknown for physicians to be highly knowledgeable about addiction. As a matter of fact, those who are regularly dealing with such patients may decide to do additional courses so as to increase their ability to help. The American Society of Addiction Medicine has been on the leading front in providing this training to those who willing to benefit from it. It is therefore important to appreciate that those groups that have also been the driving force for ensuring that addiction medicine became a recognized specialty had their dreams realized in 1988.

Why drug addiction is not a moral failing: Need for addiction to be a medical specialty

One clear fact that needs to be understood is that addiction has consequences that cut’s on both sides of the divide. That is to say that everybody has his or her portion of pain whether you are a direct or indirect victim. And remember that at the moment there are many different professionals involved in providing care for addicts and some of those professionals may include:

  • Addiction therapists
  • Addiction counselors
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Psychiatric nurses
  • Public health professionals

Even though a lot of progress has been made with the treatment of addiction patients, much more is still need to be done because of the following reasons:

  • There is increasing evidence that alcoholism is a physical disease – a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. If it is a medical condition then it is only natural that there should be a medical specialty that is focused on offering the most effective possible treatment.
  • High resonance imaging shows that addiction does actually cause damage to the brain meaning that it is a medical problem.
  • There are now a number of medical institutions across the globe including in the US offering accredited one year programs where doctors can gain the knowledge they need for the treatment of addiction – in the past such courses were not accredited. This means that these physicians will be in a much better position to offer the help their patients need.
  • Information is power and the lack of it about addiction is certainly going to be a gap that needs to be filled and this can be done by creating an addiction specialty in medicine to help in breaching the gap.
  • Addiction is viewed as similar to other chronic conditions such as diabetes. When it is not possible to offer a cure the focus should be on medical management of the symptoms.
  • The medical management of addiction can focus on relapse prevention. By getting somebody to stop abusing alcohol or drugs. This must be appreciated that this is just half the battle and the real task is to help them stay stopped.
  • There are a number of pharmaceutical drugs that people can use to overcome their addictions and of particular interest are drugs that may reduce the intensity of cravings or help the individual pass through withdrawals easier.
  • Sending addicts to psychiatrists might not always be the best course of action because many of these individuals do not have psychiatric problems although a high percentage of them do.
  • Physicians often feel helpless to help addicts. The growth of the specialty of addiction medicine means that they can do more than merely patch them up and send them back out to the world.
  • The physician is often in a good position to recognize the symptoms of an addiction.

Moral failing has no link with drug addiction: Future of addiction treatment

Finally with this fact that addiction has become a bona fide medical specialty out of the box, we need to start seeing real time improvements in the care of addicts such including the following says doctor Akoury:

  • There will be an increasing number of physicians who have a good understanding of addiction and treatment. These professionals will be able to help ensure that addicts who pass through the medical system receive adequate treatment.
  • It is likely to mean that there will be increased research into pharmaceutical and other treatments that may be of value to those struggling with addiction.
  • It should mean that physicians can do more than just pass the addict onto another specialty.
  • Physicians will be able to play a key role in relapse prevention.

All these are tailored towards ensuring that addiction victims get the best and this best can only be realized when you as a victim of an addiction schedule for an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury today for further professional guidance.

Moral failing has no link with drug addiction: Addiction medicine, new medical specialty




Post acute withdrawal complicates recovery process

Post acute withdrawal complicates recovery process: The variances with individuals

post acute withdrawal

The knowledge and patterns of post acute withdrawal will go a long way in solving the problem and fear of enrolling for addiction treatment to avoid instances of intoxication.

Over the past few days we have been focusing on the significance of Post acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) in the life of many addicts which are not really the same in everyone. We can confidently say that the variation is very evident and that is why we want to focus our discussion on this article about understanding how post acute withdrawal complicates recovery and how best it can be managed. To do this effectively, we are going to relay on the experts experience of experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center. This is a health facility that was established by doctor Dalal Akoury who is a medical and also a veteran addiction expert for several decades now. Her passionate decision to formulate this facility was motivated by the desire of making a difference in people’s lives especially those who are struggling with any kind of addiction whether directly or indirectly. With her input we are going to have the clear understanding of the patterns of post acute withdrawal. This is therefore very important and I want to request you to stay with us on the link and together get the vital information we all need to be on the safer side of any complications that are associated with drug addiction. Now back to the understanding the patterns of post-acute withdrawal, the variation can be categorized in various ways including how severe they are, how often they occur and how long they last. In the same breath some people will often experience certain symptoms while some will also have other symptoms and yet again some people will have none at all says doctor Akoury.

From the expert’s point of view, it is important to note that over a period of time PAWS may get better, it may get worse it may stay the same, or it may come and go. Now take note of this:

  • That every time it gets better we call it regenerative
  • If it gets worse it is known as degenerative
  • If it stays the same we call it stable and
  • If it comes and goes we call it intermittent.

We all need to be informed of the functionalities of each of these stages. Information is power and the more you know about post-acute withdrawal symptoms the better since you will not make certain mistakes that are predominantly being made by many uninformed people across the globe. Now take a moment and listen to the following facts as we progress into the discussion.

Post acute withdrawal complicates recovery process: Regenerative

Addiction is not a respecter of anybody and we must do all it takes to bring it to manageable levels. Doctor Dalal Akoury says that at this stage the good news about it is that the regenerative PAWS gradually improves over time. She adds that the reason why sobriety is very important is because the longer period of time a person stays sober the less severe the symptoms become. It therefore means that it become much easier for people with regenerative PAWS to recover because the brain rapidly returns to normal and that explains why we must all take the front lane in eliminating misuse of alcohol and all other substances of abuse says doctor Dalal Akoury.

Post acute withdrawal complicates recovery process: Degenerative

Having understood how regenerative PAWS works, the degenerative PAWS is the direct opposite. In this case the symptoms get worse the longer a person is sober. This may happen even when a person is going through rehabilitation to AA/NA or even when following some type of recovery program. It is regrettable to note that in many cases the people with degenerative PAWS often become relapse prone. The most devastating part of this is that at this point sobriety becomes so painful to the victims that they feel they must take it up on themselves by self-medicating the pain with the wrong substances including alcohol or drugs. The consequences of this may include the collapse physically or emotionally, or commit suicide to end the pain.

Post acute withdrawal complicates recovery process: Stability

Doctor Dalal is registering that under normal circumstances a person with stable PAWS experiences the same level of symptoms for a long period of time into recovery. There may be days when the symptoms are a little better or a little worse, but essentially the symptoms remain unchanged. Most recovering people find this very frustrating because they believe that they should be feeling better the longer they are sober. With sufficient sober time many people learn to manage these symptoms.

Post-acute withdrawal complicates recovery process: Intermittent

Finally with intermittent PAWS the symptoms come and go. At the initial stages, people with intermittent symptoms will appear to experience a regenerative pattern. That is to say that their symptoms will get better rapidly. But then they begin to experience periodic PAWS episodes that can be quite severe. It is equally important to note that for some people the episodes get shorter, less severe, and farther apart until they stop altogether while in others they occur periodically throughout life.

According to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center these patterns actually describes people who have not had treatment for PAWS and who do not know how to manage or prevent the symptoms. It is also necessary to mentioned that the traditional treatment does not address these symptoms because until recently they were unrecognized. If you know what to do and you are willing to do it, degenerative PAWS can be changed into stable, stable into regenerative, and regenerative into intermittent PAWS.

Doctor Akoury is making emphasis that the most common pattern of PAWS is regenerative and over time it becomes intermittent. From there it gradually gets better until the symptoms disappear and then it comes and goes. It therefore means that the first step is to bring PAWS symptoms into remission. This means bringing them under control so that you are not experiencing them at the present time and the ultimate goal is:

  • To reduce how often they occur
  • How long the episode lasts and
  • How bad the symptoms are.

In all these you must always remember that even when you are not experiencing them there is always the tendency for them to recur. It is therefore necessary to build a resistance against them and you can always consult with the experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Akoury for further professional guidance.

Post acute withdrawal complicates recovery process: The variances with individuals


Alcohol and work

Drug addiction ruins staff performance in workplaces

Drug addiction ruins staff performance in workplaces: The focus of alcoholism

Drug addiction ruins

When staff use drugs before, during or after working hours the impact of alcohol and drugs at workplace will be felt across the board. The truth is clear that drug addiction ruins staff performance in workplaces

We are not living in isolation and so we are able to see what is happening around us. A lot of good things are happening and a midst those good things, bad ones also happen. It is healthy to associate with a working society and it is very much comforting and productive to belong and even take active roles in the development of your society. This is often done in very many ways including self-employment and labour employment where you offer services to an organization and you are reworded for the services rendered. All these takes place within a given work environment known as the office which can either be private or public. One of the most devastating things that can happen in a work station is the involvement of employees in addictive substances. Drug addiction ruins employees performances and this does not only impact negatively to the organization but also to the health of the individual users of those substances. The cost of this habit at workplace can be very heavy on both the organization and the individual employee and to help in reducing the cost, we want to focus this discussion on how “drug addiction ruins staff performance in workplaces.” We earlier spoke to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury MD and also the founder of the establishment. They are therefore going to help us understand some of the impact of alcohol and drugs at workplace. This is very important for both the employee and the employer and I want to request you to keep on the link even as we bring this discussion to its logical conclusion.

Even though this is a common problem across the globe, we are going to take the USA as our point of reference throughout the discussion. Doctor Akoury is registering that from the various studies conducted by experts in the recent past, it was estimated that out of millions who hold full time employment in the United States, a staggering population of about fifteen million are heavy drinkers of alcohol thereby exacting a high cost on work organizations primarily because employees who drink a lot are often absent themselves from work, they also suffer from persistent health complications, and are at a greater risk of harming themselves and their colleagues as well.

Drug addiction ruins staff performance in workplaces: Direct and indirect problems of alcohol and drugs

According to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center the significance of alcoholism and drugs in work environment are many and can be classified in four major areas of greater concerns as follows:

  • Premature death as a result of fatal accidents
  • Increased injuries and accident rates
  • Absenteeism or absconding work occasioned by extra sick leave
  • Loss of production as a result of a weak work force.

The four mentioned above are the major issues that come with the problem of alcoholism and substance abuse in our work stations; however that is not the end of the complications. The other additional problem areas that are associated with alcoholism and drug addiction at workplace may include:

  • Tardiness and consistency in sleeping on the job
  • Theft
  • The cost of poor decision making
  • Loss of efficiency
  • Lower morale of co-workers particularly those who are not drinking because they will have to work extra to cover for their weak colleagues
  • Increased likelihood of having trouble with co-workers, supervisors or tasks
  • Higher turnover
  • Training of new employees
  • Disciplinary procedures

Drug addiction ruins staff performance in workplaces: Where it hurts the most

Doctor Akoury is registering that even though the effects of alcoholism and drug addiction can affect and be felt in any industry and any organization irrespective of the size whether big or small; workplace alcoholism is especially prevalent in certain establishments and these particular industries may include the following:

  • Food service
  • Construction
  • Mining and Drilling
  • Excavation
  • Installation, maintenance and repair

This article is only meant to give guidance and therefore by mentioning some key industries it does not necessarily mean that is actually what happens. Various organizations including the sectors mentioned herein have put in measures that curbs down on the effects of alcoholism and drug addiction at workplaces says doctor Dalal Akoury. As we continue into the discussion, it is very important that before we bring this section to its conclusion, we need to appreciate that this habit hurts the most in two specific ways. The two specific kinds of drinking behavior that significantly contribute to the level of work-performance problems include:

  • Drinking right before commencement of working hours or during working hours and that includes drinking during break times like at lunch and at company functions.
  • The second way is drinking heavily the night before resumption of work the following day. This is commonly characterized with hangovers and even feelings of dizziness during working hours the next day.

Finally in this article we have mentioned alcohol quit repeatedly and that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is only the alcoholics who can generate problems in the workplaces. That is a myth which must be ignored because from the research findings it has been demonstrated that the majority of alcohol-related work-performance problems are associated with non-dependent drinkers who may occasionally drink too much not exclusively by alcohol-dependent employees.  And besides, family members living with someone’s alcoholism also suffer significant job performance related problems- including poor job performance, lack of focus, absenteeism, increased health-related problems and use of health insurance

And now in conclusion the problem of alcohol and drug abuse is genuinely unproductive in our workplaces. This must not be allowed to continue and therefore we want to offer you as employers and employees across the globe, that you can regain your high level of productivity by seeking for professional help from the home of addiction solutions. I am talking about you scheduling for an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury today for your organization or just as an individual. When you make that bold step, doctor Akoury will come in and take you back to your much desired level of productivity by offering the best and timely treatment for your employees while exercising high standards of professionalism. So don’t hesitate to call us today.

Drug addiction ruins staff performance in workplaces: The focus of alcoholism




Undersatnding addiction objectively

Seeking alcoholism treatment in good time

Seeking alcoholism treatment in good time: Getting the best out of addiction treatment

Seeking alcoholism treatment

Seeking alcoholism treatment in good time and knowing the right professionals to seek alcoholism and other drug addiction treatment from is very important in the overall recovery process.

We are taking a bit of our time in addressing the complications relating to drug addiction and more so when it comes to alcoholism because alcohol addiction is the leading substance of abuse currently. It is because of this background that we want to focus this discussion in knowing and seeking alcoholism treatment in good time so that a lasting solution can be attained. To do this effectively, we are going to be speaking to the professionals at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center the home of addiction solutions founded by doctor Dalal Akoury who is also the MD and President of the facility. According to the experts at this facility, the primary goal of alcohol addiction treatment is to deliver a lifelong commitment to abstinence from alcohol misuse. This is what we do professionally to our best and we believe that with good health, a strong support system and motivation, complete recovery is absolutely possible. Therefore if you or anyone you know is struggling with alcoholism, we want to bring to you the message of hope that this condition is treatable and we will be more than willing to help if only you can schedule for an appointment with us today by calling doctor Dalal Akoury on telephone number 843 213 1480. We want to assure you of our commitment in dealing with your situation in serious confidence and help you regain your health back to where it should be.

One of the primary problems with alcoholism is that it can often go undiagnosed despite being the most abused substance the world over. Nevertheless doctor Akoury reiterates that while there is no known cause of alcohol abuse or alcoholism, it is important to note that the quantity you drink can influence your chances of becoming dependent. The good news is that we now have a variety of brief and easy to use screening methods primarily designed to diagnose the problem of drinking and alcoholism and can be self-administered by a patient at the comfort of their homes. These are some of the efforts being made to help in containing the problem but all the same it is still important to acknowledge that typical treatment of alcoholism and even other substances can only begin when the alcoholic or the addict accepts the existence of the problem and is motivated to stop drinking of the habit. Up on acceptance, our team of experts will take you through the treatment process which often takes place in three levels including:

These are very fundamental and each of them is providing an integral step in the process of successfully giving up alcohol which is our desired objective for you. We know that acknowledgement can be very difficult to many patients, but remember even just by considering visiting an expert is in itself a progress. So don’t be worried just schedule for that appointment and we will help you all the way to your recovery from this problem.

Seeking alcoholism treatment in good time: The medical importance of alcohol addiction treatment

One thing that is important to note is that drinking too much in whichever way, whether binge drinking or chronic, can actually complicate your health negatively. Remember that alcohol is essentially poisonous meaning that using it repeatedly will affect every major organ in the body. Besides that it also increases the risk of developing disabling long-term conditions like diabetes, obesity, liver disease, heart disease, dementia and some forms of cancer.

Alcohol abuse is not only damaging to the body and brain, it also traumatize psychological stability causing depression, and is one of the leading risk factors for suicide. Alcohol abuse is the principal lifestyle-related cause of disease and death, motor vehicle fatalities and injury. Despite the profound effect alcohol abuse has on the individual and society, the most dangerous consequence is chemical dependence. Seeking medical treatment for alcoholism is absolutely necessary because once physically addicted to alcohol; there is risk of life-threatening side effects such as seizures, delirium, high blood pressure, sudden fever and debilitating dehydration.

Seeking alcoholism treatment in good time: Availability of treatment for alcoholism globally

The abuse of alcohol worldwide is a problem which compromises both individual and social development, resulting into millions of deaths each year and causing over 200 different diseases and injuries. Looking at the available statistics, you will be very shocked to note that in most states people often drink more than 50 per cent above the global average with Canada and North America leading with people in Europe and parts of Sub-Saharan Africa following suite among the world’s heaviest consumers of alcohol on average. It is however regrettable to note that from the research findings the amount and patterns of alcohol consumption by country suggests alcohol use is the third leading global cause of disease and death after high blood pressure and tobacco smoking, among 67 other risk factors overall.

These statistics illuminate how the risk of alcoholism is not limited to a particular ethnic community, socio-economic status or region of living. While regulations and laws about alcohol consumption vary geographically with trends and culture, at least 34 countries have adopted formal policies to reduce the harmful use of alcohol. Alcoholism treatment is available in medical centers globally where you can find an individualized care and treatment program that best suits you.

Finally we must all appreciate that treatment for alcoholism does not necessarily prescribe an easy cure for chemical dependency, instead it gives the individual patients all the tools they need to rebuild life based on promoting sobriety daily. Since addiction and alcoholism effect almost every area of an individual’s life, the changes which will be made may sometimes be slow at the initial stages, but the benefits is that they will be all be encompassing. Therefore we must appreciate that after completing the detox process in rehab facility, the maintenance of sobriety will be essentially connected to the readiness, openness and honesty put into living one’s life by a new set of principles and values. What is most important to remember is that treatment and long-term sobriety are about discovering how to accept help, and manage life’s challenges without needing to escape or find a quick fix. This new way of living will provide new meaning and direction and those with rich participation in recovery will achieve freedom and serenity.

Seeking alcoholism treatment in good time: Getting the best out of addiction treatment